South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir declared a state of emergency in three states and ordered an immediate disarmament exercise as 170 are killed in South Sudan.
In a directive issued on Monday night, President Kiir ordered military chiefs to move with speed, mobilise enough forces and equipment to enforce a state of emergency for up to three months.
Kiir ordered the Generals to use force if armed civilians did not lay down their weapons peacefully. His directive was supported by Dhoruai Mabor Teny, an MP for a county in Western Lakes, had earlier encouraged the president to suspend the constitution and deploy the military.
At least 170 people have been killed in tribal clashes in one of the northern states – Western Lakes – in recent weeks.
The violence in Western Lakes has been between armed youths from two rival Dinka sub-clans which has involved the burning of houses and the destruction of property.