Torit governor warns local authorities against defending criminals

The governor of South Sudan's Torit State, Tobiolo Alberio Oromo has warned local authorities against shielding criminals from prosecution in various villages.

Speaking at the closing of a 10-day workshop held in Torit on Friday, Oromo said defending wrong doers hampers lasting peace in the country.

Telling false statements will not help us. You chiefs and executive directors should tell people the truth because with this, we can bring peace. Don't defend any criminal in your area because he is the son of your brother because he will bring you problems, he said.

The governor stressed the need to respect human rights and implement the rule of law, warning that criminals will face the law.

We have human rights provisions in our laws, which we will implement. A criminal has no right to kill or displace anybody, said Oromo.

The workshop, organized on transformational leadership, peace building and conflict management, directed all local authorities to enforce laws.

The legal system in South Sudan is built on the combination of statutory and customary laws. South Sudan has enacted many laws, but their use is limited.

Source: Radio Tamazuj

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