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South Sudan cabinet passes Security Strategy document


By James Gatdet Dak

February 20, 2009 (JUBA) – The semi-autonomous Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) passed a ‘Security Strategy’ document on Friday after thorough discussions by the Council of Ministers.

According to the government’s Spokesperson, Gabriel Changson Chang, the 37-page document is not a military strategy, but a public security comprehensive strategy that encompasses the most important things the Government must do to ensure the security of the people of Southern Sudan and their territorial integrity.

The document refines strategies on all aspects of security from protection and defense of physical security of the people of Southern Sudan and their territorial integrity to diplomatic and economic security.

The public document also spelled out threats and challenges facing the government. It described any failure to demarcate the border between North and South as the most significant and pressing challenge in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

Abyei issue, tribal conflicts in the South and insecurity caused by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) were among the challenges the document highlighted.

It stressed the importance of engagement on diplomacy in building good relations with countries of the sub-regional, regional and global community.

It also acknowledged implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) as the best hope for a lasting peace and to make every effort to ensure its full implementation.

It also provides for continued mediation of peace talks between the Ugandan government and the LRA. “We will continue to cooperate with the government of Uganda to bring about a permanent, peaceful solution to the LRA problem. This support will include continued efforts to provide mediation between the parties, while making improvements in our capability to protect our people from attack,” the document stated.

It also emphasized on the importance of establishing a viable democratic government, promoting good governance and stepping up the fight against corruption as important aspects in maintaining security.

Protection of human rights and dignity of the people of Southern Sudan in their cultural diversity and promotion of peace and harmony among them were also embodied in the document as important necessities in consolidating peace and stability in the region.

Establishing an economic base, achievement of food security and protection of natural resources, in addition to public education and health were also among core interests emphasized.

The document also recognized the role of media as significant in disseminating government’s programs to the public.

It blames slow responses to emergencies on poor infrastructure. “Poor physical infrastructure and lines of communication, including bad roads, lack of bridges, lack of aviation transport assets, and the lack of an integrated information communication platform prevent Southern Sudan’s security institutions from responding to emergencies in a timely manner,” it stated.

The document, however, assured of GoSS’ constitutional obligation to achieve security of the people of Southern Sudan at all costs.

“The Government of Southern Sudan exists for the ultimate purpose of ensuring the security and sovereignty of the people of Southern Sudan …Though we have limited resources, we will seek to minimize risk while focusing our efforts on those activities that are most vital to securing our interests,” it assured.


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  • 21 February 2009 07:17, by Gatwech

    Bravo GOSS,

    That is wonderful move. You have really done your level best to define security, not only militarily but also with all its aspects including non-military issues. I also appeal to you to implement that document. Engaging international community on diplomacy is a wise decision at this time where the South prepares for recognition in case in becomes independent through referendum or by unilateral declaration.

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    • 21 February 2009 13:18, by pills

      The points are well and good, but need proper application and sincere follow-up. GoSS needs committed leaders who look beyond their personal and tribal interests. Leaders who can bring peace and hormony among different communities in the South.

      I do congratulate our government for being concerned at last of the chief enemy of our people, the insecurity. So let us wish them all the best.

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      • 22 February 2009 01:40, by Abu-chook


        Pills, I am responding to your comment because you have made the good point. I do also think that as you said it, South Sudan Leaders have made the good and possitive step to move forward. But in realistic, they have to make the very tough follow-up in order to produce the good result. Becuase of this reason, South Sudan leaders must committed to any cost of this "Security Strategy". In other words, there is no better Strategy solution to any problem; until South Sudan leaders must put this Security Strategy in to action. Then, that is a better strategy. On the other hand, South Sudan cabinet also needs to form the public relations committee to let the general public knows of what this Securiy Strategy document means to them as the private citzens. For this reason alone, written document needs to be understand in details in order to be an effective document or strategy. General public needs to be inform as well as those whose the document is all about.

        Note: There is no Stability or development without best Security Strategy in place. There is no security; if no one enforces the security law. Instabilty is a bad virus and bad virus is a very dangerous disease. So what is my point of view? Well, my point is that prevention is better than cure. Because if South Sudan needs Stabilty and development, peace and harmony; then it needs to have better Security Strategy laws in place as well as to make sure every citizen is about the law. To also underdstand my point very well;I do think that better "Security Strategy" is a road-map to Stability, development and prosperity.My Last point is that If South Sudan Leadership knows how to better secure its resources, people, and border— then it will be better off and strong in the near future.

        Three things Why South Sudan will be better off and Strong:

        1- Resources security- South Sudan needs to know more better on how to protect and secure its resources. It must minimize the threats and danger against resources.It has to make sure better resource management and accountabilty are in place. It has to make sure all its resources are being used to benefit the Citizens of South Sudan; but not to benefit the fews with the deep pocket books.

        2- Secure and control its people---South Sudan must step up and stands on its feet to secure and control its own citizens; whether by laws or providing the security to protect the rights and property of South Sudan citizens.It must protect and secure its people against the outside or inside threats and danger. South Sudan will make sure to control its people’s perception and behavior by enforcing the South Sudan Constitutional law as well as village level laws(Local laws). As a result, it will minimize the insecurity and instability and bring in the stable security which results in peace and development.

        3- The Border control and protection—South Sudan will still maintain the good neigbhor spirit with its neigbhors countries; but it must knows how to control its border flowing in and out of South Sudan. It must knows what is coming in and what is going out of South Sudan. Because there are many ways the South Sudan enemies use their tricks to cause instability within South Sudan.

        Please note:the above three things, are my personal point of view that I think can help South Sudan to become better and strong based on "Security Strategy" document which the South Sudan cabinet passed yesterday.

        Above all, we are all wishing South Sudan the best to come!

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    • 21 February 2009 13:40, by khamis Isaac

      Juba has becomes like Khartoum where used in the parliament and engage with unproductive Bills and Resolutions with out executions.

      It would be good for the communities themselves to call for the conference to discussed the insecurity issues which now the first pirority than development and it would be good if people who seek powers and used their community as a tools to threaten the government.

      the insecurity will not improve unless people like Riek Machar, Lem Akol, Awet Akot,Salva Mathok,Isaac Mobotu Mumur,Ismail Konyi, Maker Deng Malou, Galuak Deng Garang,Louis Lobong,Majok Ayom Mac Pual,Majak Agoot and SOME advisors in the office of Salva Kiir lift their interest in some positions in the government of South Sudan.

      It is ashame to you all mentioned people and South Sudan People who thought every one should be a minister while you do not have proper elected government.

      SPLA has been fighting to free you from intimidation and savery from Arabs and you are still believe and forgetting the causes of the death of your people which now you want used them to fight for your positions and I would like to advise the writer of this web when see me pointed individuals try to respect me because I know why I mentioned their names and always know what is happening here in Juba and I know some of you have never to Juba to witness the game play by these idiot high Ranking.

      I will not blames any community for their jealous towards others communities because the have brainwashed by the dirty politicans who are now confusing the situations

      If you look during the wars all communities were friends and what they can interm of food for the SPLA to fight for their vision and AFTER the peace was signed the communities turn to themselves.

      Finally I would like advise writer to write with manners as I know some of you will be New Sudan Future Leaders and you will not be employed to your people. I know some of you are happy with Salva Kiir leadership including myself because the way appointed people to fill others positions.
      some of you used to disagree with my tribes South Sudan because the assume that Equatoria man may not the Dinka or Nuer names whiles my contributions in the SPLA WAS VERY HIGH THAN THOSE PEOPLE I MENTIONED ABOVE. THANK PEACE BE WITH YOU ALL AND LET US MAKE SOUTH SUDAN TO BE BETTER LIVE NOT BETTER TO DIED

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    • 23 February 2009 14:42, by Tony

      Hey son of bitch!you are always against your master and think are now .getting worse and think of were you wil run to!am your big boss who wil make you as aslave!

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  • 21 February 2009 15:23, by Nakedu Mura

    Dear GOSS COuncil Ministers,

    i would like to thank you all for this most significant move to guaranttee the real security to our people. we appreciate the efforts of GOSS president,SSLA Chairperson,south sudan Defense Minister,for ensuring that what needs be done on security is done.it is no doubt you will also ensure its implementation.that would be great and grateful.
    Also,ensure that foreign intelligencies flowing into our virgin south sudan,in the cover of ’coming for investments’ especially the former aides of our foes,for intent to sabotage south independence and to ensure that their Definition of sudan’s Identity remains intact,will NOT EXPLOIT our security strategies.they have ’sabotage plans’ that may be realized after 10 or so years.for instant targeting our vital Energies to ensure their control or ’knowing where to strangle’.SO please beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing!


    Nakedu M.

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  • 21 February 2009 16:30, by mamero


    What do you mean by listing all the names of Goss officials including the victim of CPA mr Isaac Mamur? We do not understand if the GOSS are exploited the mass likewise to what was done by Arabs in Juba during the last twenty two years,Moreever, all those officials whom you are complaining are doing their best of knowledge but you are critizing them because of Nyamnyamism/Doooorism otherwise, your critism is baseless,So man,do not attempt though you thinks they are corrupt, whatsoever they have to deserve their jobs becoz where where Khamis in[1983-2005]?

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    • 22 February 2009 00:16, by khamis Isaac

      To Mamero

      Try to read and you will understand what I meant.

      These are the people who invite insecurity to South Sudan.
      Some names were left out and they are: Matur Chut, Deng Kelei,Martin Kenyi, Peter Lariot and Angecca Mang (a former wife of Riek Machar).

      Well you right by stating Mamur was PCA vitims. He was arrested because of what he was plan in which he let himself to be fool by Dr Riek Machar, Daniel Awet Akot, Salva Mathok to executive the coup which lead him to be arrestd his group were left out because they were Dinka Bhar eL Gazle and Nuer on top of power of South Sudan.

      Believe me the resources are facts which you will not arugue with me.

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      • 22 February 2009 13:21, by Gatwech

        Dear folks,

        It is a very wonderful move indeed, which came out from people with qualitative brains or call them ’Think Tank.’ People with independence of South Sudan in their objective and determined to make it succeed. Yes, the document needs full implementation and all institutions involved should be directed to implement it in full by the GOSS President. I am told that Salva Kiir was not in the cabinet meeting because he is still in Warrap state trying to resolve fighting between Dinka clans in his state. It was Dr. Riek Machar Teny who chaired the meeting, so when Kiir comes back from Warrap state, somebody should read the document to him in plain language and interpretation so that he directs the relevant authorities to implement it with immediate effect!!!

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        • 22 February 2009 22:05, by Maruon Ayiei

          Stop being always implosive in explaining basic of a society, you might be a paraniod because I haven’t see the point of saying Salva Kiir was in Warrap and Riek machar was presiding over the meeting, that when he( Kiir)come back somebody need to read the document to him in a plain langauage. You are an irritative person and you pop up with some stupid comment last year about sit of the Jonglei Capital, I personally wrote you a private letter asking where is the best place the state can be located. you didn’t reply my to letter. As I seen your derivative dictative writting for a while, you are a toxic to a society which can not be ignor because you speculate on vague priciple. The meeting was not in physic as you may be happy with who was presiding over, but in laws which Machar can be a student too. You have to stop inciting in your comment because such writing not healthy for upbring our young nation. So, my advise to you Gar-Nyadeng is to stop being schizophrenia. As a student of politic and if you wish to opine more as to why I called a paranioa, Don’t hesitate to bring your lugage because mudslighting in politic is one of top ten smearing. You are psychological doctrine but will not, let me repeat will not gain or lead us to your short forsight.

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