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Kiir Blames security forces for insecurity in Juba

President Salva Kiir addressing police officers at Freedom Hall on Thursday (Photo by Morris Dogga)

By Morris Dogga

President Salva Kiir has blamed the security organs for the continuous night killings and lootings in and around Juba.

Last week, a pastor and his wife were shot dead by unknown gunmen in Gudele suburbs. On Monday an old woman was also reported to have been raped by about five armed men in Gudele.

This is not the first time President Kiir has blamed members of the organized forces for the killings and lootings in Juba after members of the public complained of looting and harassment by armed gunmen.

Despite early directives by the President for the security organs to shoot to kill any criminal, the killing and looting of residential areas continued in the city.

Addressing members of the police during the opening of the 7th national police conference at Freedom Hall on Thursday, President Kiir said the senior officers were responsible for the crimes that were committed against civilians at night.

“People are still being killed in their houses at night. Where are these criminals coming from? During day time you are soldiers and at night you turn to be criminals.”

“The criminals who did these acts were the members of the security forces. It is a shame on you. You are the custodians of the law and if you are seen by the civil population that you are the one killing them, then other people can decide to run away to stay as refugees if they cannot be protected by their own forces,” Kiir added.

“Please! Members of the security organs, decease from killing the civilians.”

For his part, the Minister of Interior Michael Chiangjiek said despite the tremendous work done by the police in reducing the crime rate in Juba, the police still faces a lot of challenges.

He said the police still lack enough vehicles to facilitate their movement.

He however admitted that some of the officers were reckless and don’t behave in a professional manner.

“We have reduced crimes in Juba by 90 percent but the challenge remains in the security forces. Some of the officers are so reckless,” he said

“I want our officers to behave professionally and stick to our rule of law and respect the citizens and any other person who is in the country.”

The 7th National police conference kicked off yesterday with discussions centered on how the police can be reformed. They are also expected to discuss how to improve the police-public relation.

The conference is conducted after every 7 years.

The conference is marked under the theme “building trust between the police and the public.”

 

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