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Security beefed up for peace celebration

 

Maj. Gen. Daniel Justin Chor [In past Rank] speaking to Juba Monitor in his Office (Juba Monitor File photo by Jale Richard)
By Kidega Livingstone
The government has beefed up security ahead of the scheduled peace celebration which is to be attended by partiers to the Addis Ababa including Dr. Riek Machar and other opposition leaders.
Police spokesperson Maj. Gen. Daniel Justin said the police and other security organs were tightening the security as the country is geared towards the celebration which will take place by the end of this month in the capital Juba. President Salva Kiir has extended invitations for the day to regional and world leaders to witness the ceremony.
“The security situation has drastically improved ahead of the celebration of the peace. The police and other security organs will continue to maintain surveillance ahead, for the day and thereafter,” he said.
South Sudan warring parties inked the deal in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia followed with firm promise by President Kiir that there would be actual peace celebration later by welcoming all the warring parties and those who had fled the country. A committee under the Minister of Finance Salvatore Garang, was formed to arrange and prepare the country for the celebration in which they chose 30th of this month to be the D-Day for all.
In statement to Juba Monitor yesterday, Justin said that his office had not received any report concerning criminal cases and insecurity in Juba.
“The security situation in Juba is normal. We have no any report of death and gunshot for the last two days. This indicates that there is improvement,” said Justin.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit briefed the organized forces on the recently signed agreement.
The coming of the opposition forces and the need to address issues affecting the police work in the country were among the president’s briefing.
The Police spokesperson revealed that a committee for the celebration had already been formed to make sure that the event happens peacefully.
He emphasized that police patrol including other organized forces are for their routine work of patrolling both in residential areas and roads.
Last month after signing the peace deal in Khartoum, President Kiir invited Dr. Machar for celebration that is aimed at building trust and confidence.
Dr. Machar will spend two to three days in Juba under President Kiir’s protection which is under consideration according to Government Spokesperson Michael Makuei’s statement last month.
President Kiir directed the police and other organized forces to get prepared and be ready to receive members of the opposition.
He also directed the organized forces to unite with them as brothers and sisters of one Nation.

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