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Warrap governor ratifies law authorizing firing squad penalty

Author: Baria Johnson | Published: Thursday, February 22, 2024

Governor Kuol Muor Muor, the Governor of Warrap State - Photo Credit: Warrap State Governor's State Press Office

Warrap State governor, Kuol Muor Muor, has signed into the Green Book, which will slap firing squad penalty for suspects found guilty of intentional murder, and other severe sentences for cattle raiding and armed robbery.

In January 2024, the state cabinet passed the book and forwarded it to the legislative assembly for enactment.

It was later approved by the state parliament and sent to Governor Muor to be signed into law.

It encompasses issues causing and fueling conflict in Warrap, including cattle raiding, revenge killing, a proliferation of firearms in civilians’ hands, girls kidnapping and forced marriage as well as rape.

Other crimes the book stated are harbouring of culprits, land disputes and establishment of administrative units in disputed areas, among others.

The book also devised conflict resolution mechanisms to end the crimes.

These include the establishment of special mobile courts to try criminal cases that caused communal violence, punishing hosting cattle thieves and banning firearms in civilians’ hands.

Another resolution charged the state government with responsibility over internal boundaries and borders with neighbouring states. It stipulates that no person shall take the law into his or her hands, concerning the state boundaries.

According to the law, suspects shall be tried by a Special Mobile Court.

Speaking to Eye Radio on Thursday, Warrap State Information Minister William Wol Mayom confirmed the signing into law of the Green Book. He added that the public will be sensitized on the contents and importance of the newly passed law.

“The Green Book has been forwarded after the Council of Ministers passed it to our State Transitional Legislative Assembly, and it has gone into the process of deliberation and finally it was passed by the August house,” Mayom said.

“The State Transitional Legislative Assembly finally signed it into law. The contents are many and it has about 29 articles what we are going to do as government is to disseminate and sensitize our public to know the contents of the green book.

Wol added that the law would address the issues of cattle raiding, revenge killing and lawlessness in the state in general.

“Although it has been generated from them as communities, we need again to sensitize our public to know the importance of this green book. It will address the issues of cattle raiding, revenge killing and lawlessness in general.”

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