Opinion

Policemen are public companions

The National police should relate well in the public arena to gain public trust in the country. There are issues which require combined efforts of the citizens and the police authorities to amicably rectify. Indeed, in most cases, the police have responded appropriately in a way that serves the public interest. The Police should gain people’s trust and respect to promote good public relationship, cooperation and understanding.

I wrote an article in January 2017, titled “Where are the National operational police, 777”? In that article, I was trying to reinforce the work of the Police especially the operational police 777 which went off for so-long during the fighting in July 2016 in Juba. My argument was that, the work of the National Police had been taken away by the national security, the army and the Criminal Intelligence Department (CID) after the war broke out in the same year. This is because there was no Police force patrolling the city and their absence from the public eyes was a matter of concern.

In May this year, I also wrote another article regarding the deployment of the military tanks, Police personnel, national security, the army and the CID at Dr. John Garang de Mabior’s mausoleum.

The tanks were deployed on the 23rd April, 2017, because there was a believe that demonstration was about to happen due to the delay of salaries and the increased rate of US dollars against South Sudanese Pounds throughout the country.

Indeed, the citizens were complaining about the absence of the police in the streets of Juba to provide protection and security as usual. The citizens were concerned because the rate of crimes had increased by that time.

However, relationship between the citizens and the national police is paramount and should be kept constant. There is still one thing left for the Interior Minister to do. Despite the fact that the two tanks were removed at the mausoleum, the road there is still blocked by metal bars from both directions hindering the movement of the people. And there are more tents erected around the mausoleum.  The citizens are not allowed to pass through this area.

As a result, schools children and the general public are now stopped from using this public road that would have shortened the distance from home to school. This is the shortest route leading to Custom market and the rest of the markets. Many of us also use this road because they admire to see our fallen hero Dr. John Garang de Mabior and the rest of the heroes altogether. Therefore, I am urging the Interior minister to remove the remaining road blocks to give freedom of movement to our people especially the school children who always use this road to reach to their school premises early.

By James Ladu Modi Asuk Gwate

The writer is a political analyst reachable via: modijamesladu@yahoo.com

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