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Western Bahr el Ghazal bans carrying weapons in public places

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July 24, 2012 (RUMBEK) - South Sudan’s state of Western Bahr el Ghazal on Tuesday said it stopped soldiers and other members of the organised forces from carrying weapons in public places, apparently in an attempt to reduce crimes involving fire arms.

The state made the pronouncement after conducting arms search operations during which it was able to collect 59 weapons of different types held by unauthorised persons in Wau town, capital of the state.

The exercise which saw participation of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), in collaboration with the state police service and other regular forces, was carried out following complaints about rising crime rate in the state.

Speaking at the end of the exercise on Tuesday, Governor Rizik Zachariah Hassan congratulated the army and explained that the aim was to remove illicit weapons from unauthorised groups and to create an arms free state.

Governor Hassan asked the army to remain ever prepared and ready at any time to respond to the national call in keeping the countries territory free from external threats and invasion.

"There are a lot of missions ahead to be accomplished. As an army you must always be prepared and show readiness to respond to any national security threat", said Rizik.

He called for cooperation between security forces in the state. "You must learn to how to together because all you are doing is one. Work together as one force to put law and order in order to provide stability in the state so that all the citizens enjoy peace and stability", he pointed out.

Major General Andrea Dominic, Commander of the SPLA fifth division in the state said that no soldier would be allowed to go out with their guns where there will be citizens. “All guns must be left in the barracks. Soldiers will not be allowed to carry their guns outside military barracks", said Major General Dominic.

He assured the public that the operation of searching for illicit weapons would continue with the aim of making the town free from unauthorised weapons.

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  • 25 July 2012 09:49, by Otong

    Congratulations Western bahr el Gazhal State, you deserved that right not to allow soldiers to come to the town with guns in their hands. I can appreciated if all 9 states follow that order, coming to the public places with guns has got different meanings to an individual. All 9 State can follow that order.

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    • 25 July 2012 10:39, by peter

      Hey Otong

      the point is very clear but no implementation plan,

      that its only problem ,but easly to easly to say word in public,so let us wait and see in implementation in place ,
      bravo Governor keep that spirts,
      General Dominic should keep his promised in place ,but am not sure that?

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      • 25 July 2012 11:09, by Otong

        To say that I have witnessed in many places, soldiers who carry guns to the mass used to commit crimes like when they drunk thay cause a lot of mistake,looting the properties of the civilians whom they serve,raping women in any market places. Look,if we have good governance sytstem,how these things happenned? Kiir can stop all police, soldiers, wildlife,firebrigade and so on not to go to the market with gun or not to drink in a bar with gun.

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      • 25 July 2012 16:59, by Peace for all

        They talk and talk good ideas but with no implementation done...
        when will this system vanished and simple lead to talk less and implementation at high priority.
        Even RSS should ban soldiers putting on uniform while going to the market .

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    • 25 July 2012 13:27, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Otong, I do not know how southerners to see into weapon value? Is it stick or they do not have trust in their govt?

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 25 July 2012 09:55, by Alfredo christiani

    Keeping guns at residential areas should be immediately stop also, whether you’re constitutional post holder or senior officer in army, police, wildlife and prison ,only authorized guards are to carry guns.

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  • 25 July 2012 10:44, by Akol Liai Mager

    It is a right move that deserves full backing with force from Juba, especially from SSLA. Unlimited consumption of Alcohol by some men and women in uniforms with automatic assault rifles in their hand are absolutely dangerous in the middle of unarmed civilians.

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  • 26 July 2012 03:00, by panda

    Weldone western Bahr el Ghazal in democractic country like south sudan guns are not allow in public places.Good go on and implemented

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