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S. Sudan military initiates biometric identification system

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January 22, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan army is to set up a biometric system to register all soldiers on its payroll, an official said Monday.

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South Sudan’s defence minister Kuol Manyang Juuk, speaks after a cabinet meeting in the capital, Juba, on 17 January 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Andreea Campeanu)

Defense minister, Kuol Manyank Juuk told reporters in the capital, Juba that the military would be installing a biometric personal identification system that will handle the registration of all soldiers.

“There is already a room down there with some equipment and they need more money and training of the personnel is to take place so that they are dispatched to a unit to take the general information of every soldier,” Juuk said, but did not say when the process will begin.

As part of the registration process, however, Juuk said the army will have to train some personnel on how to use the gadgets acquired.

“It will be a technical team that will go including a doctor to determine the physical and mental fitness of a soldier and that is where we will know who are there physically and what is their fitness to continue as soldiers,” he stressed.

Last year, President Salva Kiir, also commander in chief of the army ordered that all soldiers be registered to fight corruption in the army.

In the past, however, a number of senior military officers have been implicated in corruption cases, involving “ghost” names on pay rolls.

The SPLA was founded as a guerrilla movement in 1983 and was a key participant of the second Sudanese civil war. As of 2013, South Sudan military was estimated to have 210,000 soldiers, as well as an unknown number of personnel in the small South Sudan Air Force.

In May 2017, it was reported that President Kiir was restructuring the army and changing its name from the SPLA to the South Sudan Defense Forces (SSDF). In August, however, it was reported that the new name would be South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF).

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  • 23 January 2018 08:03, by Kenyang ll

    “It will be a technical team that will go including a doctor to determine the physical and mental fitness of a soldier and that is where we will know who are there physically and what is their fitness to continue as soldiers,” Kuol stressed.

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    • 23 January 2018 08:18, by Kenyang ll

      See how these warmongers do things. You would think such are activities to be carried out after the war. But no, they have to keep instability in the country by creating new wars and fronts. Did you hear him say what will they do with disadvantages they had overused and are unwanted now?

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    • 23 January 2018 11:53, by Rumbek S. Sudan

      Kuol Manyang,

      We are really tired of lips service. Every year, we will do this and we will do that but at the end, nothing is done all. Shame on you as minister of defense and the government. Now look at the state of emergency and disarmament ordered by the president in Lakes region, nothing is done up to now and the 3 months deadline given is passing. What is wrong with your government Kuol?

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  • 23 January 2018 08:26, by Kenyang ll

    Can old Kuol Manyang himself pass either test, physical or mental fitness?

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  • 23 January 2018 10:05, by Lenin Bull

    Mr.Kuol is right but the rampant militias with their unending rebellions and reintegration back into the SPLA will spoil that good noble intention. SPLA has had good record since its inception in 1983 but Nyagats always dirty SPLA through fake ranks and files. It will be an uphill task as SPLA-IO(Riek faction), NAS, Agwelek, Cobra,Arrow boys, NDM/A, etc would again reopen the military door.

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  • 23 January 2018 10:12, by Lenin Bull

    The meaning of a truly patriotic and professional national army is fading away day by day in South Sudan(all villagers are promoted into major generals and Lieutenant Generals by Riek). There should be no army in South Sudan period. The country should only mobilize patriotic army of volunteers during crisis only.

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    • 23 January 2018 19:28, by Joseph Canada

      Mr.Bull let me ask you. What level of Education did Kuol reach? How about Malong and those generals in the Government? How many of those know how to even write their names? The truth is a lot of work is needed to be done. Ilitracy is what is making situation difficult in our Nation. Even advisors to the president are picked from the village or from Khartoum.

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  • 24 January 2018 04:58, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Besides these emaciated mathiang Anyoors, who are interested in this Army the SPLA.

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