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August 17, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s interior ministry has issued an order banning unauthorized personnel from carrying any type of weapon and canceling licenses not bearing the signature of the interior minister.

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South Sudan’s SPLA soldiers hold up their weapons as they shout at a military base in Bentiu 22 April 2012 (Reuters)

“From now onward, guns and all other types of weapons owned by police personnel and other organized forces will have to be kept in stores. All the police personnel on duty will no longer be able to carry their personal weapons in the public”, Aleu Ayieny Aleu, the new interior minister said in a statement broadcasted on state-owned South Sudan Television (SSTV) on Saturday.

Aleu’s announcement is seen as an effort by the government to prevent proliferation of weapons in the hands of the civilian population in urban centers.

The order authorizes security officers to set up strong monitoring measures at checkpoints and security patrols across the country to confiscate any weapons.

South Sudan has struggled with insecurity since it became independent in July 2011 with country still awash with small arms from decades of civil war. Robbery and cattle raids have been a major problem for the young nation.

Possessing a firearm is becoming a rite of passage for most cattle-keeping communities in the country and it will be virtually impossible to enforce the ban which is the latest attempt by authorities to try and curtail the spread of illegal weapons.

Minister Aleu said the order will be implemented with immediate effect, noting that his own bodyguard will also have to comply with the order or risk being arrested.

“This order must be implemented. Whoever is found walking with a gun at twelve midnight must be questioned properly. Don’t worry if it is because of the fear that letters will come from senior officials and officers when their relatives or friends are arrested. I will deal with it or let me take it from there”, he announced.

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  • 18 August 2013 07:04, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    In relation to Riek Machar burned ammunitions factories, this is a serious crimes and Riek criminal bodyguards will be reduced to one if he felt unsafe due to his criminal guilty, we are now closed in to fin out why was the former Vice President own guns factory n his home compound, magnate will suffer in both ways, the wounded dog is now vulnerable to any arrest soon

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    • 18 August 2013 07:14, by Dau-network

      Good first beginning Aleu Ayieny Aleu because those who carrying guns illegal are the ones killing people at night in Juba.

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      • 18 August 2013 08:07, by Tutbol

        Only a fool will listen to these clowns. The criminals from the West wish to dis-arm everyone in S Sudan and even in whole of Africa so that can*occupy other people lands and loot freely* as it is showing in our state Jonglei and here our clowns are still lecturing our sheep to buy their unpalatable bullshit.

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    • 18 August 2013 08:18, by Joseph Canada

      Dinka Domiated shit. you are stupid and always stupid more than a sheep. When will you mature/grow up and become a reasonable person man?

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    • 18 August 2013 10:11, by biarawieu

      Good start mr minister but fear is security agents as they are the most elements causing insecurity And lost of lives in the new nation. Also if you have time please disarmy David Yau Yau and hos criminals because he is finishing civilians lives and being ignored by the Government.

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    • 18 August 2013 12:05, by Naath

      Hopeless. Dinka dominat,it show us in this website how shorts is your self memory is ,it definitely show us that your thinking capacity is very slimy.well the way I look at order from department of police Mr brainless nothing to related with incident that happen in the house of founders of south-Sudan,but I don’t blame you at all,because it’s Dinka behavior specially who get from dictator kiir.

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      • 18 August 2013 13:02, by Mi diit

        Poor Aleu Ayieny is simply displaying recklessness without property study of what causes insecurity in Juba. Naïve Aleu doesn’t know that it is the very police that is criminally conniving with criminals. So how do they disarm civilians and leave their criminals intact?

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        • 18 August 2013 13:07, by Mi diit

          The disarmament will also fail because it is tribally carried out in which soldiers and police disarm other tribes and leave their tribesmen with weapons. Then the police again sell the collected weapons to criminals and civilians. A vicious cycle. Aleu has to study the situation first and stop acting in rush and recklessly. Failure is very possible!!!

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    • 18 August 2013 13:47, by Baring

      Dear South Sudanese
      The issue of Baning possession of Guns are going to be bad with Dinka because they are the Gun holders in Juba and when like last time Govt. ordered to collect all weapons before the day of collection they(Dinka Leaders)informe all Dinka to hide their weapons and they all do that, so at the end other tribe being hand over their weapons. so people must watchout this move.

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  • 18 August 2013 07:32, by Malakal county Simon

    Dinka Dominated Corruption/Kiir body guard:
    Just because Dr Macher rejected to employed you as his body guard, it does not give you a right to hate him for the rest of your life. God will punish you soon, for constantly creating division among lovely of South Sudanese people’s.

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    • 18 August 2013 08:11, by Tiitrot

      Thanks Aleu for the positive move to ban the possession of fire arms,
      We will never be able to forget that in your absence no matter what sir.
      Thanks................
      Thanks....................................

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    • 18 August 2013 12:05, by moto

      MALAKEL COUNTY SIMON,
      WHEN WILL STOP TALKING ABOUT CORRUPTION?I THINK YOU KNOW WHAT HAD APPEND TO MICE,THE HAD HELD MEETING TO DISCUSS HOW TO TAME THEIR ENEMY THE CAT. ONE OF MOUSE SAID,I PROPOSE THAT A BELL BE PUT ON CAT,S NECK THAT WAY, WE WILL KNOW WHEN SHE IS ABOUT TO ATTACK ANY OF US. THIS PROPOSAL WAS MEET WITH MICE AND ALL OF THEM STOOD UP CELEBRATING SUCH WONDERFUL IDEA.ONE OF THEM SAID,

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      • 18 August 2013 12:16, by moto

        THAT IS AVERY GOOD IDEA ,BUT WHO WILL BELL THE CAT?THE MICE LOOKED ONE ANOTHER AND NOBODY SPOKE.WHAT I MEAN IS THIS.ALL OF US WE KNOW THERE IS CORRUPTION,BUT WHO WILL POINT THEM OUT THOSE CORRUPTNESS.EVEN PRESIDENT HIMSELF IS A AMONG THOSE BIG FISH.

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  • 18 August 2013 07:37, by Malakal county Simon

    That’s sound good Aleu. Go a head.

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  • 18 August 2013 07:41, by dinkdong

    Don’t they have a constitution protecting the Right to Arms like the one in the United States? However, there is no guarantee they will be able to disarmed some tribes, like the Murle and Taposa, to get rid of unauthorized personnel weapons?

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  • 18 August 2013 08:53, by Naath Raani

    Dinka Dominated Food,
    Don’t waste your time just eat your free food. South Sudanese are working really hard to take that seat from you but will give you food.

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    • 18 August 2013 09:10, by Bentiu son

      Alew Alew-the Gogrialist thief who can buy your cheap order by handing his personal gun to you coward, listen you n likes want to control guns to threat others, that won’t happen thief,disarmament should start with your Guelwang militias in Luri together with Yoweri Museveni’s mercenaries there n the rest will follow.

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  • 18 August 2013 09:35, by SPLA,corrup

    What about the president who travel around with heavey armed securty personel including amry and the state governors??????????????????????????

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  • 18 August 2013 10:21, by the wing of unitystate

    please Dinka Dominant, please take care for your life,coming years my friend you will never read any comment again in this website.when you are child you are stupid boy in your nature Fuck you and your uncle salva kiir

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  • 18 August 2013 10:24, by the wing of unitystate

    Dinka Dominant liel Guur ni salva kiir yaa Bharalgazaian people foolish majority

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    • 18 August 2013 17:27, by warlil

      Kir provided you with so many position in RSS since time up to now and you are still reacting with dinks. For those who learned to accuse Goss we are on proces to set the mechine to bring the location where the accuser are base.

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  • 18 August 2013 10:31, by the wing of unitystate

    Aleu Aleu fuck you my friend stupid Gokrial cattle camp,my question to you,in south sudan there is any constitution?if there is why Gokrial stupid man violate the human right of people? liel muor yaa and liel Guur also pakgur gokrial man.

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  • 18 August 2013 10:36, by the wing of unitystate

    Gokrial people they dont know right of other people just they are thinking for short memory mind, this year no peace at all GATJIOK YAA ALEW ALEW

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  • 18 August 2013 13:37, by Rami Tot

    Ok mr Alew ayong begin it with Salva mathok the big bucter who has kill so many of your clan more 81 from Bor including Isaiah Abraham and more than 60 from nuer including the small boy Banyjouth. go ahead alew ayiong to collect guns from those
    Dinka looters supplied by dinka criminals.

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  • 18 August 2013 15:21, by Moses Kuocgoor

    The rule of law is coming step by step to the people of south Sudan. This is a good move to eliminate accessibility of guns by renegaded generals and gangs. If this law will pass then it can reduce cattle raiders and murder of innocent lives in the country.

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  • 18 August 2013 19:16, by Mapuor

    Bravo Mr Aleu Ayeny.Juba needs peace.Those satans who do not have children in Juba are the only people who are against your brave decision.Those who take pride in the suffering of the poor will never rule this land.We need peace in the new nation.

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  • 18 August 2013 23:39, by Naath Raani

    Redeemer,
    You better redeem your self before you gone. Nuer are ready everytime but love peace like others tribes in South Sudan. Please don’t drag some people on dirty road. Peace is not here yet since tribalism is on Dinkas lips.

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  • 19 August 2013 01:12, by dude

    collecting guns from civilians is a good thing, however the gungs should only be taken a way from those civilians who have no license to carry a arm or gun. Not all civilians should be disarm. there are unstable parts of the country where innocent people are being attacked and killed. the government soldiers under Salva Kiir was not doing anything to protect the civilians or his people because

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  • 19 August 2013 01:16, by dude

    Salva Kiir is too blind to understand the insecurity that is going on around the country. He is too blind because he is now focusing of staying in power for a very long long time. Well, this is good for him and his followers, but what about the rest of the country including those who want or cry for democratic system in the country? I believe that the government system that is now in place needs t

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  • 19 August 2013 01:19, by dude

    to be restructured for us to enjoy peace in the country. If the case of firing elected governors, vice presidents and so on continues, Think this country will experience instability. But I believe in the end of that, when everyone has learned a good lessons, the country will experience peace and stability again. I also believe that south sudan can set up terms limits for any president.

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  • 19 August 2013 05:34, by dude

    We are watching you and every move that you are making. You and your administration have a history of starting problems first and then we react or answer to your problems.

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  • 19 August 2013 05:44, by dude

    If this is truly a real government, why don’t you remove GUNS from Uganda Soldiers or the mercenaries that are now inside South Sudan. They are foreigners, they should leave and go home. Please do not fool Dr Machar, we will support him at all cause.

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