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President Kiir sacks head of South Sudan police service

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March 9, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan president Salva Kiir has issued decrees sacking the head of the police service, promoting and appointing new officers.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (AFP)

President Kiir, the state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Cooperation announced, removed General Makur Marol from being inspector general of police and replaced him with Syed Chawul Lom, who was the police commissioner of Jubek state.

It was, however, not immediately clear what prompted Kiir to make new changes.

Police sources attributed the cause to an internal pressure within the police service in which the former inspector was heavily criticized for not getting a grip on near daily violence carried out by armed criminals, prompting his opponents in service to call for a shake-up in the security services.

The changes are seen as a first step towards the comprehensive reorganization and re-positioning of Police Force before integration with the faction of Sudan people’s liberation movement in opposition loyal to the First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai.

A high ranking police officer told Sudan Tribune on Thursday that the changes were part of the recommendation by an internal committee drawn to examine and come out with what could be done to improve the image of the police services so that it be could a people centered institution.

“I was part of this administrative committee which was tasked to come out with strong recommendations about how the image of the police should be improved. The objective was to determine the general and specific causes of the collapse of public confidence in the police and recommend ways of restoring public trust in the institution. The committee was also tasked to examine records of performance of officers of the Police Force with a view to identifying those that can no longer fit into the system”, said the officer.

“For recommendation of the committee to be realized, the new leadership was required and I think this is what the president has done. He has actually acted on the recommendation”, he added.

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  • 10 March 2017 08:33, by Independent Thinker

    Kiir’s police, they are killer and useless ones ever seen. No one trust police in Juba any more.

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    • 10 March 2017 09:09, by wacjak

      Lazy thinker, don’t you see that it’s you alone commenting on all the news stories. How is that not a shame on you. You are such an idiot that doesn’t appreciate anything. Make your mother, father and siblings the police, wildlife, SPLA, government officials and even president if that would make you happy. S.S might be struggling but that is typical of a new country. If you don’t like, kill yrself

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      • 10 March 2017 09:38, by Theallseeingeye

        Wacjak
        why are you hating on the man’s "I T" just because he has expressed his own opinion, he has right just like everyone else does to post whatever he thinks is right I don’t see any reason for a man to feel ashamed for doing that; I presume you probably among those criminals who are taking advantage of this security gab in Juba that’s why you don’t want police to be criticize for poor performance

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  • 10 March 2017 09:19, by Kush Natives

    Let’s see, if that will work. All we know so far, the new Police chief inspector will fall through the same foot steps of corruption race. The South Sudanese will never rest from you Mr. president! Your daily bases presidential degree is the one that promoting corruption in the country. How would we expect them "ministers" to do better, if they know that they will be degreed out tomorrow?

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  • 10 March 2017 09:34, by Kush Natives

    con- They will never focus on bringing in service to the people, rather then taking it away from people. All we need you to do Mr. president is a very simple thing. a) Assign them, "ministries’" give them a budgets that provide an adequate goal/task. b) There should be an independent department that is assigned as verification teams, as to evaluate an activities in various sectors or institutions.

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  • 10 March 2017 09:44, by Kush Natives

    con_ I think, so do other? The only and transparent path that you can overcome the surrounding life cycled corruption epidemics in your government. Otherwise, we’re exhausting helping or giving you a head up on an every occasion! But, try what I just sympathized above, I believe your government will resort for a great changes.
    Thanks,

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