President Kiir Saddened By Increase In Crime, Orders For Reforms In Security Forces

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“While our internal security related to rebel militia groups has been contained, other forms are violence are increasing. The daunting challenges of the past with threats from within and without seem to come back to haunt us. Criminality seems to be in the increase particularly in the capital in Juba,” he said.

“I have therefore been saddened by recent events where we have seen innocent people killed, whether in Juba, Wau or surrounding areas or in tribal conflicts. We have seen shops looted, houses set on fire both in Wau and Yei,” he said.

He says reports reaching him suggest that the insecurity is caused by both locals and foreigners calling for an end to criminality.

Kiir in his 2012 message said that many people are leaving in fear for either having received threats or lost their friends or relatives.

“There are those who are being threatened allegedly for using their voice, which sometimes are critical to the government policies. They have experienced harassment, abuse and arbitrarily arrests. This is unacceptable,” he said.

The president says he has instructed the security organs including the army to take action against indiscipline elements within their ranks.

He added that the police are being transformed through major reform efforts and that the reform has also started in the national security sector with the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) on going.

Kiir says he will ensure that these reforms form part of the top priorities of 2013.

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