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Government swaps Bahr el Ghazal police commissioners

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August 12, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan government on Tuesday acknowledged making changes within its police force in Bahr el Ghazal region, saying they were normal administrative changes within the institution.

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Map detail showing South Sudan’s border state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal

The move saw Maj Gen. Akot Deng Akot, the police commissioner for Western Bahr el Ghazal swapped with his Northern Bahr el Ghazal counterpart, Maj Gen. Peter Mading Duor.

“These are administrative changes necessitated by circumstances. It is not the policy of the government that a police commissioner must be someone from the area where that officer comes,” the police chief, Gen. Pieng Deng Pieng, told Sudan Tribune Tuesday.

Although he did not elaborate further on what promoted these abrupt changes, police sources claimed the move was “political”.

“This was a directive from the higher authority and the inspector general [of police] had to comply because there is a concern that the current security situation in Northern Bahr el Ghazal requires someone like Akot Deng. It is believed by the leadership that Akot would handle this situation well,” a police source told Sudan Tribune Tuesday.

Local officials, however, said these changes could have made to counter the massive defection of youth from Northern Bahr el Ghazal in to the rebellion led by South Sudan’s former vice-president, Riek Machar.

“Because Gen. Akot comes from the same area with Gen. Dau [Aturjong], the government feels it would be wise sending someone with significant influence in the community so that more defections from security organs in the area from members of the community are contained,” an observer told Sudan Tribune.

The only way to save the situation, he said, was for the new police commissioner to persuade the community or exert full authority over them.

“Gen. Mading Duor did not exert authority because he fears his actions would be misinterpreted by the local population and their politicians since he comes from Warrap state where president Salva Kiir comes,” noted the observer.

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  • 13 August 09:08, by Mel mosa

    There was/is no massive defection in North Bahr El Ghazal as sudantribune term it. It was general Dau that defected to Kenya with few people from NBGs. There was one form a gangs in Aweil north in which some of his gangs came back home. He has no relation with criminal Reik. So sudantribune try hard to credit Riek rebellion but it is already reject by South Sudanese.

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    • 13 August 13:37, by Bentiu Sudan

      Yes, there is massive defection of smart Bar El Ghazalian youth. Dau Aturjong, is North Bar El Ghazal at the moment as I speak. Over 5000 Bar El Gazalian youth are in training in Unity State. On the top of that several Military Soldiers who operate in Unity State against rebels are defecting every week to the rebels. Salva Kiir is foolish, greedy, visionless and has no idea how to rule people.

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      • 13 August 15:13, by garang kerubino

        Bentiu,

        please control your temper and don’t insult the president he is a legitimate president and if there is some where he had gone wrong, all of us as South Sudanese need to correct it using different mean but not insult, it is not late for us to consult Mr. president and tell him that this is not how we want you to rule us I think he will understand it. stop that habit today please.

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  • 13 August 15:48, by Nan dit

    Well come back Maj.Gen. Akot Deng but mind you one thing. You are a citizen of this State and being a general in the law enforcement agent (policing). Therefore, you should stop the act of land grabbing this time. We need a leader like our new governor Kuel Aguer who love his people more than colleagues in the government.

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  • 14 August 09:14, by Black Africa

    @ Garang,
    We the people Great Equatoria and Neur People, we look at Present Salva Kiir, he does not represent us in the RSS, he represent Dinkas tribe and he works for Dinkas tribe’s interest only that is why you see the government is dominated by Dinkas tribe and second he order the killing of innocents Neur in Juba and third he order his Military forces to disarm Equatorian force in Juba.

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    • 14 August 18:53, by what the hell

      Shut the fuck up Black Africa who told you that Dinka dominate the government you ediot you count how many minsters in the government and you will see where they come from, Dinka come from seven state out of ten secondly dinka liberated your ass so dinka should be your king it’s too bad dinka don’t fuck man like what Jalaba did to you in Juba

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