New Police Boss Takes Over

The new Inspector General of Police (IGP) took over office during a ceremony in Juba. [Wakhe Simon Wudu]

The Interior Ministry held a ceremony at the Dr. John Garang Mausoleum where all the police forces; traffic, wildlife, fire brigade, customs including all their generals and other senior officials such as the SPLA Chief of Staff attended the function.

Gen. Tito said that, his office is open for consultations.

Pieng, previously a senior officer in the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLA) had outlined a number of promises including efforts on community policing, close cooperation with his juniors, the Minister and all other related institutions to boost the work of the police.

“I would like to tell you all police that do not look at me as your master but your comrade,” he told the police.

“We are servants to these two flags [national and the police flags flying at the mausoleum] and the people in the white clothes and those in civilian clothes,” he continued.

“Beside money and resources, you who is standing there as the police you are the most important to me,” he said.

He has promised to strengthen efforts to retain the image of the police who in recent years have received wider public criticism of not professionally executing their roles as expected.

“I would like to tell you my people that we shall be committed to community policing. I would like to tell you that we will try all the efforts to regain the trust of the police back,” he added.

Hon. Alison Manani Magaya, the Interior Minister said the take-over of Pieng shows a sign of continuity and sustainability in the police sector.

“For Gen. Pieng you are warmly welcome to the police,” said Manani.

He said the ministry is currently focused in transforming the police into a professional force.  

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