Opinion

CULTURE OF CRIME

A few days after the Easter break, a friend was parking his vehicle to enter the Vivacell office to verify his data card which had an error.

Suddenly a motorbike snatcher came quickly and grabbed his bag from his hand in brand daylight.

When I heard of this incident, I was shocked. How could such a thing happen in brand daylight in downtown Juba where there is a large presence of police and secret security personnel? And next door was the police training center (Buluk). This has motivated me to write about such crimes.

Of course the police and all the security forces should be commended for combating crime in the past year by enforcement, investigation, prevention, and community engagement.

I also applaud the police chiefs and leaders of security forces throughout our beloved country.

Though with gaps, shortages and incompetency in several fields, there are still commendable achievements.

Adverse factors in the country include poverty, unemployment, lack of efficient judicial system, poor parenting, peer pressure and bad examples. They render the end of the process of a difficult order.

Crime prevention is a responsibility of more than security agencies. Required actions involves cleaning, improved judicial system, economic empowerment, education, family integrity, and zero tolerance for corruption. This renders crime prevention a wholesome responsibility of all community institutions. Failures force individuals into crime. We need durable solutions to prevent crimes. God bless the Republic of South Sudan.

The author can be reached via: dhano01obongo@gmail.com

By Amb Dhano Obongo

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