By Morris Dogga

Twenty five members from the African Union Peace and Security Council are expected in the country tomorrow to consult with the government before the next phase of the Revitalizations forum, Minister of Information Michael Makuei Lueth has confirmed.

Addressing journalists after the regular council of ministers’ meeting on Friday, Makuei said the AU team will meet the government on Monday.

“We are expecting two delegations next week. One is the delegation comprising of the membership of the African Union Peace and Security Council. They are about twenty five in Number. They are arriving on Sunday, the cabinet will meet them on Monday,” he said.

He also revealed that the Council of Ministers of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) are expected to arrive in the country on the 17th and will also meet the government representatives.

“All these delegations are coming to follow up on the consultation of the shuttling diplomacy before people go in for the phase three of the revitalization forum,” Makuei said.

“The government is ready for the next round of the peace talks,” he added.

The next round of the peace talks is scheduled for late this month; the IGAD is currently consulting with the different parties on the outstanding issues that arouse in the second phase of the talks.

This week, the IGAD committee met with the former first Vice President Dr. Riek Machar in South Africa.

This comes days after the former Chief of General Staff General Paul Malong Awan formed his movement dubbed South Sudan United Front/Army to topple Kiir’s Government.

Malong had also expressed willingness to participate in the next round of talks, but the government said it has no problem in case the IGAD allow him.

IGP vows to professionalize police force

President Kiir with the IGP Gen. Majak Akech Malok during police graduation on April 12th, 2018 (photo credit: South Sudan Presidential Press Unit):

By Moses Gum Degur

The Inspector General of the National Police Service, Gen. Majak Akech Malok has promised to keep offering extensive trainings for young officers in order to transform the police into a professional unit.

The IGP said to transform the police, series of trainings would be conducted.

“Having people trained with skills is an achievement of professionalizing the police unit. If competitive cadets like these ones are equipped with such skills then there would be no doubt in effective delivery of service,” general Majak said during graduation of 348 police cadets on Thursday.

Gen. Majak who accompanied President Salva Kiir during the graduation, said providing sustainable training would help transform the police into a professional institution with qualified and competent officers.

He expressed commitment that the government was ready to transform and make proficient the police force to deliver service to the citizens.

“We are ready to transform and professionalize the National Police Service. Transforming it will increase access to safety and justice to most vulnerable groups in society,” Gen. Majak emphasized.

Gen. Majak said the role of professional police was to investigate, combat crimes, and fight criminals to meet the demands of the local people.

He stressed the need to strengthen the police leadership, institutional, and technical capacities while at work.

“As a professional officer, you should improve service delivery and responsiveness to our communities. Be ready to increase your investigative capacities to fight corruption and nepotism,” Gen. Majak said.

He appealed to the police cadets to exert more efforts in executing the police mandate of protecting lives and property, preventing and combating crimes and maintaining law and order in the country.

General Majak further appreciated President Kiir for his continuous support to South Sudan National Police Service.

The new police graduates included 99 females and 249 males who were commissioned and appointed to the National Police Service by a Presidential Decree no.94/2018 by President Salva Kiir Mayardit.