Interior Minister Urges States To Address Rising Insecurity

The new police officers graduating are expected to protect EES citizens and their property [©Gurtong]

The new police officers graduating are expected to protect EES citizens and their property [©Gurtong]In an effort to address rampant insecurity threats across the country, the Interior Minister in the Government of the Republic of South Sudan Hon. Alison Manani Magaya has appealed to all the 10 States for mutual cooperation and coordination with his Ministry.

In an effort  to address rampant insecurity threats across the country, the Interior Minister in the Government of the Republic of South Sudan Hon. Alison Manani Magaya has appealed to all the 10 States for mutual cooperation and coordination with his Ministry.

Hon. Magaya gave an example of George Athor who revenged against the incumbent Jonglei State’s Governor after losing 2010 April Elections, and other rebel factions including raiding activities, town and highway robberies as growing intimidations in the country. He said that there are several insurgents whose plans are to divert the Government’s development agenda. 
 
The minister was speaking to the press shortly after addressing a mammoth crowd during the ceremonial graduation of more than 690 Eastern Equatoria State police officers yesterday at Torit freedom square.

689 new police forces were sworn in and commissioned by the Government of Eastern Equatoria State to protect the people and their properties and above all to enforce law and order in the State.

According to the State Governor Hon. Louis Lobong Lojore, the graduates have undergone more than one year of intensive field training contrary to the 25 months duration that the trainees told Gurtong.

He strongly called for material support in terms of logistics and financial allocation by the national Government to the States as most of the threats start from the State level.

Manana said that the country’s security is among the major issues that the national Government is tirelesslyworking on.

He advised the States not to resolve their differences through violent means but to embrace peaceful settlements through negotiations.

The Interior Minister underscored the importance of discipline and obedience on public security providers like the police officers. He directed the EES’ Police Commissioner to monitor and report security personnel behaviours related to work performance in order to enable concerned authorities to take action on arising misconducts.

He told the gathering that irresponsible police officers will find it hard to survive if they are found engaged in illegal activities.

While pledging to support the Government of EES as far as security provision to the people is concerned, Hon. Manana further ordered the South Sudanese police to continue being responsible in protecting people and their properties.

As a new born nation with enormous challenges, his ministry is moulding the police force through professional trainings, and into professionalism. Manana spoke of their aggression towards foreigners in the country.

Hon. Magaya urged the traffic and immigration police officers manning border check points that, “we don’t want to embarrass our visitors who are mostly investors or humanitarian officials or well wishers by harassing them. We need you to protect our nation’s image and integrity and prove to the world that we are a nation that respects human rights.”

The South Sudanese Inspector General for Police, Tito Madut Achuil who accompanied the Interior Minister commended EES for leading in achievement reports during the just concluded forum held in Juba.

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