SSNA Summons Ministers Over Insecurity Threat In Juba

National Assembly members deliberating during the session [©Gurtong]

National Assembly members deliberating during the session [©Gurtong]

The South Sudan National Assembly, (SSNA) yesterday voted a motion summoning three national Ministers, the Central Equatoria State Governor and the Mayor of Juba City Council over appalling insecurity in the Capital, Juba.

The South Sudan National Assembly, (SSNA) yesterday voted a motion summoning three national Ministers, the Central Equatoria State Governor and the Mayor of Juba City Council over appalling insecurity in the Capital, Juba.

The three ministers are the South Sudanese Minister of National Security, Interior Minister and the Minister of Defence.

Mr. Tongun Lodu Rome who moved the motion said that, “every six or more people are looted, robbed and killed in Juba. The number of people killed or murdered in a month is estimated at 180 or more.”

Tongun revealed that, “Munuki payam has the highest rates of looting, robbing and killing with three persons killed every day, Kator Payam with two persons and Juba Payam has the least record with only one person killed daily.”

 “Maintenance of security, public order and safety of the citizens is the paramount duty and responsibility of the government. It is the least of all services that the government could provide to its people,” Tongun added. 

Tongun described some of the root causes of the insecurity threat in the capital as; the low and irregular payment of salaries to the security forces encourages them to loot, rob and kill citizens; slow response of police to crimes; delays by the judiciary in prosecuting suspects; and un-demarcated areas that have acted as a hideout for criminals.

He added that, many criminals exist in the law enforcement agencies that cover them up, limited livelihood opportunities for many families encourage many children to drop out from schools leading to increase in the population of street children who are later transformed to criminals, and the late night clubs are some of the areas where these vices usually take place. 

Mr. Tongun’s report contains 49 people who were murdered by unknown groups of criminals since January this year till date.

“We give the summoned officials 7 days and we will have to serve them with not only the motion but also with the resolutions. We expect them to appear next week in the House,” Hon. Speaker James Wani Igga ruled.

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