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Presidential guards accused of involvement in armed robberies in Juba


July 23, 2014 (JUBA) – Presidential guards protecting South Sudanese president Salva Kiir have been accused of having gone on a rampage, robbing and terrorising citizens as well as foreigners in the national capital, Juba, a senior security official has claimed.

Residents in Juba told Sudan Tribune that soldiers from the Tiger unit of the presidential guards always roam the city with their official pickup trucks, terrorising and looting citizens at night with impunity.

They said the bodyguards allegedly move as night patrol units in disguise and target different suburbs in the city where they victimise residents.

One of the victims of a Tuesday incident at Gudele neighbourhood, west of the presidential palace, told Sudan Tribune he identified soldiers from the presidential guards unit among those who robbed them.

“These were soldiers from the presidential guards. I personally knew many of them. I used to see them standing, guarding the president whenever there were public occasions in which the president is participant,” he told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday by phone.

The victim who preferred anonymity for fear of reprisal said the soldiers were divided into groups going house to house, door to door demanding money, mobile phones and other valuables.

“They threatened me at gun point and took 200 SSP from me. They also took different amounts from my other colleagues. They asked for my mobile phone but I told them I didn’t have a mobile [phone]. One of them warned to come back and shoot all of us dead should we alert the police and disclose their identities,” he added.

He claimed the soldiers were proudly in their presidential tiger unit military fatigues when they carried out the robberies.

He added that foreign nationals from Uganda and Kenya also became victims of such incidents.

One Kenyan national was reportedly shot dead in his house while trying to resist attackers last week in the capital.


The commander of the joint operations unit in charge of Rock City neighbourhood, Major Deng Malek, has confirmed that soldiers in the presidential guards unit have involved in the robberies.

“Actually there are soldiers involved. I cannot deny that soldiers are involved because one of the criminals we arrested was our soldier from the Tiger unit [presidential guards],” Malek said.

The military official was responding to Miraya FM radio which reported another incident of robbery occurred over the weekend in which seven armed men attacked and looted several households in the city.

A resident said they were “terrorised” while watching movies inside their respective houses.

“They entered the verandah where we were watching movies and then they started telling us to get out from the house. Everybody should get out and sit down… Then they started entering the rooms from room to room and then they got everything,” one of the victims told the UN radio station.

“They looted us. They took the amounts we have at home; they took one phone of our brother here in Rock City.”

“We heard there were some Ugandans and Kenyans who were beaten because they didn’t have 500 South Sudanese Pounds. They were asking each one 500 South Sudanese pounds,” he added.

Earlier media reports also indicated that such criminal incidents are widespread and routine in the capital.

The Citizen newspaper had earlier reported that “armed men dressed in military fatigues on Friday night descended on residences “terrorising the people and demanding 500 SSP from each house hold”.


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  • 24 July 2014 08:52, by wang

    Wake up Southern Sudanese! Let us united with one voice and kick out Dictator Salva Kiir from that seat….Salva Kiir is a headache to all of us weather you are Dinka or non Dinka….

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  • 24 July 2014 08:59, by michael coma

    Yes,this is true.Last month one of Aleu Ayieny’s bodyguard was among the robberies that robbed two guys from Dinka Bor with one Kenyan.They guys from Bor are Majak and Kuol.Now is Tiger from presidential guards.Is painful if our own soldiers turned against civilians every night while they are the backbone of nation.

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    • 24 July 2014 09:07, by michael coma

      These illiterate guards have brought shame to president Kiir.Some are stealing money in his office and some are stealing from public.Kiir,you need change your guards and selected new ones from different communities as your trustees.All counted problems on your side are been cooked by your surrounding relatives who don’t care about your dignity.Your legacy has been spoiled by your relatives.

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      • 24 July 2014 09:15, by michael coma

        I mean all counted problems are being cooked by your relatives.Bring good people rather than those greedy ones.All your good plans do change from now and then just because of those uncared relatives.You are good president but your inner circle relatives have put you to shame.

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        • 24 July 2014 10:11, by Mi diit

          michael coma, How can kiir be a good president at the same time when he is the one who knowingly recruited relative thieves to rule the country. Kiir himself is a thief using his AMBC company to loot the country. All those looting are doing what they see him doing. Like father-like-child thing.

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      • 24 July 2014 13:50, by Mr Point

        Where are they now, those people who tell us that all the problems in South Sudan can be blamed on Riek Machar?

        Did he organise these Tiger Guards?

        Are these criminals operating with impunity?

        69% of the state budget is spent on army and security. Is this value for money?

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  • 24 July 2014 09:07, by Simpleman

    When a cat grows up with a fox, it will become a fox.

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    • 24 July 2014 13:19, by Nyesi Ta

      The Jieng who r exensively raised as cattle rastlers r groomed to become deadly thieves who would steal anything of value. This culture of stealing starts from the murah, to de n’hoods and is brought to the government by the educated jieng elites who resort to loot the public treasury with impunity. Kiir, like his relatives and tribesmen in the Rep guard have this bad culture in their veins.

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  • 24 July 2014 15:12, by Tambura

    They acting like they will die when Kiir will take off... Dinkas unit guard will never survive in south Sudan. mark my words ...

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  • 24 July 2014 15:29, by WendeMajok

    Dear South Sudanese, you need to refrain from these news because they are not meant to defame the leadership but all South Sudanese. The presidential guards might be involved in harassing people yes but try to understand the content of this news before rushing in with your myopic comments. Media is trying its best to tarnish the good reputation of people of South Sudan and you think it is cool.

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  • 25 July 2014 05:30, by tootke’bai-ngo


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    • 25 July 2014 06:21, by Joseph Canada

      Coma, Majok and Toot, I don’t know what shame you think the country will get when the National guards turn in to Robbers. No Country have experience this but south Sudan. Kiir recruited his family and tribe to rob the properties and people of South Sudan. Soldiers are to protect the people and should be even more faithful than police. what a shame this president brought to the New nation!!!

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