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South Sudan vows radical reforms in security sector

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October 5, 2017 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese government on Thursday said it would now embark on radical reforms in the security sector, insisting that carrying out the necessary reforms would bring build public confidence in the institution.

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South Sudan’s Defence Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk, poses for a photo after a cabinet meeting in Juba January 17, 2014 (Reuters/Andreea Campeanu Photo

Defense minister Kuol Manyang Juuk said successful amendment and implementation of the legal regulatory framework for the security sector will add credence to the broader call for reforms in the country’s security forces.

“The key to our negotiating credibility will be whether we succeed in reforming our security sector. I have been saying and I will repeat again here that the cutting edge for our security reform strategy is whether we succeed in reforming the security sector. In many areas, police are, along with teachers, the face of the state, the government employees are the people the citizens are most likely to encounter. When they extort money from travelers and collect money from shopkeepers and landlords, the legitimacy of the state is infected. Corruption depletes resources. This is especially damaging to those on the front line where shortages of ammunition, equipment, fuel and even food have been reported," explained Juuk.

According to the minister, creating ghost names either in the police or military means a depletion of forces, which is not obvious until a crisis occurs.

“Appointing people at mid and senior ranks on the basis of payments or political connections undermines leadership, especially if those individuals consider their posts to be dual use, for making money, alongside their regular duties. As for those in the lower ranks, it is difficult to imagine why they would fight and die when they see the leadership enriching itself”, stressed the defense minister.

As part of the review of military strategy, Juuk said both President Salva Kiir and the leadership of the defense and other security sector officials have agreed to take critical step to improve the institution.

The national police and the national security force are more likely than the army to be on the front line, guarding the population against attack. Yet corruption continues to bedevil it, draining resources and diminishing morale.

Both men, president Kiir and his defence minister now appears persuaded by the situation to believe that reform in the security sector, eliminating or at least reducing corruption – is central to turning the war against immorality and to gain back public confidence in the institution.

The minister made these remarks while speaking at the Royal Palace Hotel where stakeholders came together to review and amend Police Service Act, 2009, Prisons Service Act, 2011, Wildlife Act, 2009 and National Security Service Act, 2015 as required by the peace deal.

Juuk said the parties to the 2015 peace agreement should exert efforts to expedite the process.

“The review of the entire documents related to the security sector is the utmost priority and this is because there is urgent need to accelerate and ratify all the amendments and make them fundamental laws,” he said.

The minister emphasized the need to transform the security forces into professional and discipline forces in South Sudan.

Meanwhile the deputy chairperson of Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), Augostino S.K. Njoroge told the stakeholders that the committee has adopted consultations with all stakeholders including security institutions.

He reiterated that the committee is done with constitutional amendments, Political Parties Act and Elections Act. “As you are aware NCAC (National Constitutional Amendment Committee) is mandated to draft amendments to the security laws including the SPLA Act, Police Act, National security Act, Prison Act, and Wildlife Act to confirm them into the agreement,” Njoroge said.

“The committee will therefore consider your input and where necessary revises the proposed amendments before it corporate them into draft bills to be presented to the minister of justice and constitutional affairs for onward transmission to the council of ministers and transitional legislative assembly for enactment as required by the peace agreement”, he added.

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  • 6 October 2017 07:03, by South South

    Very good Mr. Minister, our country is moving to the right direction.

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    • 6 October 2017 07:29, by Midit Mitot

      Wululululu,
      Security reform, where were you since then @aYaaaaah Mr Minister? this is nonsense, Robing, murder,killing, raping are the most common now in the country, where will you get the rescuing team to the civilians while your soldiers , polices are the one,s making all these messes?

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      • 6 October 2017 07:44, by South South

        You rebels are pathetic, you are there to make negative statements about anything, even something good for the country you are against it. This is why you lost the war miserably. Go and have a meeting with Riek’s IO, then tell us your magic way of dealing with these things, but for now, you are an anger loser rebel.

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        • 6 October 2017 09:03, by Eastern

          Lost the war? Which war has been lost...?

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          • 6 October 2017 09:17, by South South

            We have pagak, we have every small and big towns you were holding in South Sudan, we have you escaped to America, we are everywhere in the country while rebels are cornered far away to the corners of Uganda and Ethiopia borders? How do you call that ran away person? We are holding it, you are hiding outside the country.

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            • 6 October 2017 13:16, by jubaone

              South South,
              Controlling towns while people are starving or being raped by jienges is like giving a monkey 🐵 a piece of gold in the hand. He doesn’t understand it’s value and will want to eat it. It’s our duty to teach him manners. We are grateful, that at least we have taught him to wear underpants otherwise he would still be running around naked.

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    • 6 October 2017 10:39, by jubaone

      South South,
      Bla..bla.. jienge bullshit. Luak illiterates and savages rapidly drilled and to be transformed into a professional army? If they cant read and write, how to they attain professionalism and standards? This is SPLAnyor, a bunch of thugs, rapists and criminals and will ever remain so. They all have to be disbanded and taught how to cultivate food, instead of stealing and looting.

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  • 6 October 2017 07:18, by Newsudan

    Gen.Kuoldit and Gen.Ajongo, both of You should ended the issue of ghost name,thro electronic payroll systems and ids cards and thanks.

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  • 6 October 2017 07:31, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The negative statement shouldn’t be executed.
    The security reform can be improve when there is national disarmament being commence by the top leadership like presidency orders for illegal arms collection.

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  • 6 October 2017 07:36, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    When there us a reform in security sector, let government a approve national disarmament exercise.
    Without disarmament, no meaning of reform inside security sector.

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  • 6 October 2017 07:43, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    First of all, all rebels groups operating in the country must be disarm without failed and non authorized groups of arms like youths must be disarm without condition, when all these things are in place then reform is commendable.

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  • 6 October 2017 07:46, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Reform can not be positive without disarmament of illegal arms carrying by youths.

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  • 6 October 2017 08:30, by John Wetjunub

    Good Move Gen Kuol, in fact this is what South Sudanese expected from your leadership since the begging of your regime. anyway its not too late to make that reforms with your colleagues if you can immediately begin right away with that exercise, Then the current situation will be normalize as expected. many thank Gen Kuol

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  • 6 October 2017 08:44, by Lenin Bull

    Hon.Kuol, your words are commendable and well placed but unnecessary damage has been incurred against innocent population across the country by no other persons rather than the very people suppose to safeguard them. Hurry up and do something or next it will be something similar to Bgadolite scenario in 1997 in the DR Congo(Mobutu’s Zaire).

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  • 6 October 2017 08:49, by Lenin Bull

    What good is the current government in Juba serving now if it cannot pay its civil servants/employees, its army fighting active rebellions in the country, law and order forces, for 6 months now and no development programs in the country. Please, President Salva Kiir, Hon.Kuol and the rest wake up. The country is dangerously collapsing during your time at the helm!!

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  • 6 October 2017 08:54, by Lenin Bull

    Juba International Airport is an utter shame to the young Republic because it has been turned into an ugly face of South Sudan when it should have been the opposite. It has no toilet facilities, no chairs to sit, no shed, small and overcrowded always, damned hot, etc. In short it is a shame and utter betrayal to our pride as a country.Can you imagine a British family(Husband, wife, and children)

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  • 6 October 2017 08:59, by Lenin Bull

    A British family visited Juba after spending many hours in the air flying landed at Juba International Airport and found no functioning toilets and children started to urinated and helped themselves in their own trousers only to return the same day and go to clean themselves at Jomo KIA, in Kenya and many many other untold suffering there at Juba International Airport. Where is the government ?!

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  • 6 October 2017 10:30, by Tommy

    The foolish majority will let down the country and for sure it happen, their stupid attitude to recruit National security base on tribal line and train them to eradicate others tribes. sorry guys you fails to transform the security. what i know since is a politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country, her in S Sudan is different (Damp)

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  • 6 October 2017 10:38, by Sunday Junup

    Now when Bor Youth were arrested, you came out publicly that Security needs reform but when it was Pertit, Nuer, Equatoria other non Dinka, there were no needs for reform.

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    • 6 October 2017 13:19, by jubaone

      Sunday Junub,
      Very good observation. Jienge Bor must smell what their cousins from Gok Riyal have cooked for them.

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