Juba Security Deteriorates As Christmas Looms

This week the Eritrean Community lost three members after they were shot under unclear circumstances by unknown people leading to a demonstration that saw their community members closing their shops.

Juba was once again shocked on Sunday morning when two members of one family were murdered at their home in Hai-Tarawa by what many believe could be robbers.

This week, the police spokesperson, Col. James Mande told Gurtong that murder is a crime and that it cannot be condoned. He however said that they are in the hunt for criminals.

He added that those who kill are criminals and that their vision is to provide security for all regardless of which country you come from.

Many people in Juba these days get home early but despite these efforts, criminals have continued to hunt for people even in their homes and in most cases, they do not only rob but also kill.

Information from the outskirts of Juba have not been available. With these killings, the public is yet to see how far the police can provide security to the citizens.

In November, the South Sudanese Interior Minister Alison Manani Magaya released plans to tighten up security arrangements in Juba ahead of Christmas and Peace Day celebrations.

Magaya further unveiled that government had also approved a supplementary budget for the South Sudan National Police (SSNA).

He said the budget will particularly enhance the training of the police, a move aimed at improving the standard of the police in the country.

The Ministry launched statistics reports in October indicating a decline in crimes committed in South Sudan. The first report was compiled between December 2011 and February 2012 and the second was filed between March and May 2012. They both showed a decline in all the crimes committed.

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