Juba Disarmament To Kick Off: Police

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pieng Deng Kuol told the press that a technical committee has been formed with the responsibility of carrying out the disarmament exercise. [Gurtong | File]

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Maj. Gen. Pieng Deng Kuol said the collection of guns would start with government officials.

Pieng told the press on Wednesday that, a technical committee has been formed following consultative meetings with all the security institutions.

The committee is charged with the responsibility of carrying out the disarmament exercise.

“All of us [security agents] met as the organized forces, the army, the prison police, the wildlife forces, fire brigade, the national security and the heads of the police and discussed these issues [factors contributing to insecurity] and agreed it is necessary that these weapons are collected and stored,” Pieng said.

“This is why we have formed a technical committee and the committee has met and worked out recommendations which I’m working on now,” he added.

The time for this exercise is not yet clear but last month, the Police Spokesperson Col. James Monday Enoka told the press that the commence in three months time starting from February.

“Anybody who will be found with unauthorized gun will face the law,” he said.

The police spokesperson also said they agreed to remove all private security guards of government officials and the Ministry will be the one to officially provide and manage the guards, a move that will give chance for gun control.

James said there is rampant possession of unauthorized guns both in the hands of civilians and government officials, threatening security in the capital, Juba. 
If launched, it will be the third round of disarmament by government in Juba following the establishment of the South Sudan government in 2005.

Thousands of guns both small arms and big ones were collected in Juba with many from civilians when two rounds of disarmament were conducted before the secession of South Sudan.

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