"put people first' bishop told new governors

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[Yei, South Sudan, TCT] Anglican bishop Hillary Luate Adeba of the Diocese of Yei, Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan pleaded to the three newly appointed governors of states of Jubek, Terekeka and Yei River, asking them to first the need of South Sudanese citizens.

[Yei, South Sudan, TCT] Anglican bishop Hillary Luate Adeba of the Diocese of Yei, Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan pleaded to the three newly appointed governors of states of Jubek, Terekeka and Yei River, asking them to first the need of South Sudanese citizens.

"put people first' the citizens need peace more than any other thing", he said. Speaking in Yei town during the welcoming event of governors, Bishop Adeba pledged that the church would surely collaborate with state government in building reconciliation and reconstruction of the conflict-ravaged nation but on conditions that the leaders listen to the people. He urged the new leaders to embrace reconciliation and expedite the
process for a formation of the new government of national unity.

"We are expecting the day when South Sudan will announce to us that the government is in place and that the war has completely come to an end. Let there be peace, then the Transitional Government of National Unity –TGONU should be formed,” he stressed facing the new leaders.

On the other hand, the Governors of the three newly created states of Jubek, Terekeka and Yei River declared their strong commitments to end mismanagement of funds and resources, insecurity, and tribal tendencies in their new administrations. As they will form their lean governments, they promised to focus on establishment of sustainable
institutions that promote good governance and accountability.

Speaking in the same welcoming home ceremony, the governor David Lokonga Moses of Yei River State said his leadership would uphold the rule of law against those entangled in corruption.

"We will not tolerate corruption in any sector; public or private. As a law abiding state, we shall uphold the rule of law, where nobody will be above the law", said Moses.

Governor Lokonga said he prioritized the implementation of the peace agreement signed by the government and opposition in August 2015. He said that his government will put forth strong efforts to deal with enemies of peace and to leave a peaceful society for residents of the State to coexist. He emphasized that dialogue for reconciliation will be
promoted to solve disputes in the state.

Pleading on behalf of other governors, Lokonga said, "As state governments, we will put our efforts to ensure that life returns to normal. We therefore call upon those committing atrocities to stop and join us in implementing the peace agreement and development of the States."

Lokonga also pledged that his government will empower women, children, youth and persons with special needs, and will support the work of development partners in executing programs to realize the set goals and objectives of the state.

while addressing people at the same gathering, Juma Ali Malou, the governor of Terekeka State, advised young people to refrain from killings, robbery and looting in towns and along the highways.

According to the governor, about seventy (70) people have been killed along Yei-Juba and Kajo-keji-Juba highways in 2015 alone. Ali expressed unhappiness that travelers were brutally murdered like animals on highways, saying communities should imitate the culture of urgent reporting of insecurity activities around to the authority. He called on all tribes in three states to respect one another by desisting from ideology of being better or more superior to another.

Governor Ali also promised to work in collaboration with other governors from the neighboring states.

"So that we develop our states, we are one. Incase if we have anything-in Terekeka, which is political then Lokonga will intervene. If it is in Yei, Jadala will come and if in Juba, I will hurry to rescue. We have come with responsibilities because we want our citizens to stay in peace, unity and development", said Ali.

"We don't want to see corruption,tribalism and nepotism to be in our midst", he cautioned.

Meanwhile, the governor of Jubek State, Augustino Wani Jadala, said a coalition work is one of their top strategies to get rid of insecurity on highways and in towns. He reiterated that they would stand against nepotism in the states and to make sure balanced development and equal participation of all tribes in leadership. He underscored that young people
should focus on the development of the states and resist temptation of being driven back to war.

He said tribalism will only paralyze the peaceful coexistence of a society; therefore the state governments will have equal treatment to all tribes.

"We have to show our unity and respect for one another. So you the youths, listen to the chiefs, go to school because the future of this nation is yours", he said.

Governor Jadala further pointed out that forgiveness and reconciliation in the state is paramount, appealing to masses to love themselves, forgive one another and have peace and unity.

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