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Community policing will boost security in Jonglei, says new police boss

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February 26, 2012 (BOR) – South Sudan’s newly appointed Inspector General of Police (IGP), Pieng Deng Kuol has told citizens in the country’s troubled Jonglei state not to lose hope in the face of rising insecurity in the region.

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General Pieng Deng addressing the press in Bor, Feb. 26, 2013

Kuol, while meeting a group on Tuesday, said the government is determined to ensure Jonglei state, rocked by violence in recent months becomes more stable.

The government already plans to introduce boma [sub-district] community policing, widely seen as a vital tool for improving civilian security at a grass root levels.

As part of efforts to maintain stability, the Jonglei state government has embarked on recruiting 40 fir strong men, between the ages of 18-30. The new recruits, earmarked from each boma in the eleven counties, will be trained and armed by police, through their chiefs.

“It is not necessary for civilians to have guns, but what is important is the community to organise themselves to be trained as part of community policing,” Kuol said.

Last week, the state’s deputy governor, Hussein Maar revealed that some counties in Jonglei had begun registering young, but strong men with interest in being part of the community policing system.

“Those men who have their guns would be registered and be made part of community police and those without guns will be armed by state police,” Maar told the press in the state capital, Bor.

Maar, who also doubles as Jonglei’s minister for information, said the community police will be paid directly by the state and central government, adding that it will be the duty of the chiefs in their respective villages to offer them support.

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Head chief of the Lekuangule area of Jonglei state, Barchoch Lual, speaking in Bor, Feb. 24, 2013

In recent months, South Sudan’s most populous state has been a center of conflicts and inter-tribal clashes. Three weeks ago, at least 104 people died and dozens injured at a village in Akobo West County, after armed Murle youth attacked civilians in the area. The attack was also blamed on forces loyal to South Sudan rebel leader , David Yau Yau, currently operating in the region.

Officials maintain the rebel leader is under the direct influence of Khartoum and is only buying time in order to carry out intensive attacks against the government’s positions during the coming wet season.

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  • 27 February 2013 07:23, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Mr.Pieng Deng Kuol,
    Truely speaking, you don’t look good in that position. In other word, I meant it is not your position. You are in wrong position.

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  • 27 February 2013 07:23, by master

    copy- paste from sudan

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  • 27 February 2013 07:53, by George Bol

    If that is suggestion is true,then the state of jonglei want to create tribal militia. I’m against that discussion perhaps it come out from Maar madness.

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    • 27 February 2013 09:35, by Nuer Empire

      Bol:You so stupid! What brought this coward Abyei boy to my State? He doesn’t deserve the position.He should be an IPG for Abyei not South Sudan.
      The Nuer Empire

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      • 27 February 2013 09:56, by Tong dut

        @ NUER EMPIRE,
        You are right,That useless who promote him self can not do anything, he will make worst of jonlei, and run away to his state.
        Who brought him to jonglei,let the governor sent him away or he will see it soon.

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        • 27 February 2013 13:44, by Ajiej

          Dear Nuer Empire,
          I think you people didnot understand what Inspector General Mean he was not meaning to stay in your state but to training community police in your state to increase guns for you which you will turn it for killing your state mate but in the state where there is no peace what will he go to do with mad people like you shame on you.

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          • 27 February 2013 17:43, by Nuer Empire

            Ajiej/Ajiek:He is not South Sudanese native

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  • 27 February 2013 09:19, by Jalaby

    Those people are visionless people they always lack for a comprehensive solution and clear view and always miss:how? when? what? in their solution!
    Crap is the only expected outcome from their solution if really they’ve a solution!!

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  • 27 February 2013 14:42, by Biggy

    Its a high time we need peace to prevail in Jongolei State sincerely the Communities in Jongolei State are so hostile to one another, this issue of swearing is not allowed according to the bible you find a fool threatening his neighbor giving strong statements when you ask him he says its a matter of life and death. y and you will also die so lets leave alot of politics fellow South Sudanese.

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  • 27 February 2013 19:06, by Gabriel Ajak

    i don’t think whether you will do it, but if you do it make sure that you created more insecurity within the community more then before.
    brothers what is wrong with operation why do you fear Yau yau how strong he is,is Yau yau stronger more then General Athor?

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  • 28 February 2013 04:23, by marie

    That is the idea of what a policeman is; recruit people from the community to take care of the security of the community. But in Africa and South Sudan for that matter, police recruitment is conduct as a civil employment where the recruits are scattered all over the country. A very stupid idea. Policeman is not a military man.

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