Editorial

OUR SECURITY ORGANS SHOULD PROTECT THE CITIZENS

It is time for our security organs in the country to wake up and protect the citizens and the country’s sovereignty. There is news circulating across that UNMISS peacekeepers will be deployed in Central Equatoria State which has generated many questions like, is the UNMISS taking over our national security to protect South Sudanese? What about our national police, the national army and so forth? What are the Interior and Defense Ministers doing if UNMISS is taking over security role? Yes, it is true that there has been a lot of insecurities in many places such as Rumbek, Jonglei, Unity, Upper Nile, Pibor and Central Equatoria especially on Juba- Nimule  and Juba-Yei roads but this should be the responsibility of the government. There are many people in Protection of Civilians sites (PoCs) and communities who have been fighting in Juba, Malakal and Bentiu. Some have lost their lives in the presence of the UNMISS peacekeepers, how easy is it for them this time to protect civilians. This is a challenge of our security institutions to wake up and perform their mandate of protecting their Citizens. The leaders in this Country are tasked with the responsibility of protection and service delivery, and why should their responsibilities be shifted to different entity which is the UN body, have they failed. Now as a sovereign Country our security should be handled by men and women of South Sudan and not external forces. Those who are still engaging in confrontations and fighting as a means of resolving problems, no fighting will be a solution to South Sudan problem, we must find peaceful solution on the table, and that can be achieved if one is mindful of the suffering. We must protect our nation and our security must take up the task to protect the people of South Sudan.

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