Activist urges government to address violent land disputes ahead of election

The Executive Director of the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), Edmund Yakani has called on the transitional unity government to address disputes over land ownership that have tended to deteriorate into violence before holding elections.

By Benjamin Takpiny

The Executive Director of  the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), Edmund Yakani  has called on the transitional unity government to address  disputes over land ownership that have tended to deteriorate into violence before holding elections.

Yakani urged the political leadership especially for state legislative assemblies to seek concrete and genuine resolution of the deadly land disputes before holding election campaigns and demarcation of electoral constituencies.

“This thinking should be a priority for the leadership and members of the council of states as the country prepares to hold election in December 2024,” Yakani said in statement issued in Juba on Sunday.

He said that the recent deadly violence over land disputes across the country poses real threat for national peace and stability.

In early February, youth from Western Bahr El Ghazal and Warrap State clashes over ownership of land at the border separating the two states, leaving about 16 people killed including security personnel.

“Land disputes resolution may become factors that delay the realization of national stability due to the recent sharp increase in violence across the country,” Yakani said.

 He urged the states governments to sincerely take responsibility of resolving amicably communal land disputes before they descend into deadly violence.

Yakani disclosed that political and military elites often are implicated in land disputes which need to be tamed.

“The political leadership and elites in the country should really have time for taking stock on prevention of potential deadly violence related to the election campaigns egos and motions. These growing deadly frictions among our communities associated with land ownership are a total risk and threat for our national security and stability,” he said.

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