Illegal check points must go, says cabinet
The cabinet on Wednesday reordered the removal of all illegal check points onall major roads in the country.
Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth told journalists the checkpoints have been used to loot from civilians and humanitarianorganizations.
“The road blocks have become problems not only to the humanitarian organizations but also to other users of the roads… even the South Sudanese who are not organizations,” Makuei said.
Makuei spoke to the press on Wednesday after an extra ordinary Council of Ministers meeting.
In 2017,President Salva Kiir directed the Interior Ministry, Defence and the National Security Service to remove all illegal roadblocks to allow humanitarianagencies deliver food aid to those affected by the conflict.
Makuei said most of the illegal checkpoints have resurfaced in the recent months despite the ban.
Many traders and humanitarian agencies have on several occasions complained over what they called “extortion” of money by security agents manning the checkpoints along the major roads in the country.
Makuei said serious measures would be taken against those who will be found operating illegal checkpoints.
“They have resurfaced in all the roads and this is a real inconvenience and problem to the users of the road. They should be dismantled and we don’t want to see those road blocks in any direction of South Sudan, ”Makuei he said.
It remains to be seen if the order would be effectively implemented as manyprevious orders flopped.