Opinion

Traffic police should respect the order on tinted glasses

By Omuno Mogga Otto

There is nothing better than respecting the law and the constitution of the country, especially when the country is on the process of peace and democratic transformation.

Not very long ago, the Council of Ministers made an order demanding exemption of cars that are tinted with glasses from the manufacturer. The sitting of the Council of Ministers came after the parliament and the public raised more concern about the previous order made by the Ministry of Interior urging the police to shoot a car whose driver refused to cooperate in things to do with security checks and etcetera.

Recently the Director General of Traffic Police made an administrative order again. The order urges all the motorists driving with tinted glasses including the ones from the manufacturer to pay an amount of 7000 South Sudanese Pounds (SSP). From this amount, a figure of 5000 SSP is put for license for six months or so. The remaining 2000 SSP is for the sticker.

Any country is governed by law and order. No one is above the law. The interim constitution of South Sudan which does not mention anything prohibiting the use of tinted glasses for the vehicles from the manufacturer should be respected. The authorities in the Ministry of Interior can ask for license of tinted glasses from the motorists who are driving cars with tinted glasses.

Cars with tinted glasses from the manufacturer should be allowed to operate freely. It does not have serious issue to do with criminal activities. If cars with tinted glasses from the manufacturer are being allowed to operate in most of the world including the East African region where South Sudan is expected to be a full member, then why the Directorate of Traffic Police in the country is asking motorists to pay license for tinted glasses?

The Minister of Interior should urge the Director General of Traffic Police to abide by the resolution of the Council of Ministers. The Minister should immediately demand him to stop asking motorists having cars to pay money for license of tinted glasses from the manufacturer. If the Directorate of traffic police wanted to collect, it should collect from the motorists driving cars with tinted glasses which are locally put. The tinted glasses being put locally for cars in Malakia, Hai Malakal or any other place in Juba are the ones to get permit.

More than a week ago, the State Minister of Information Juma Stephen made good report about security in Juba. If the security of Juba is good what dangerous crime is the Director of Traffic police talking about?

I don’t think the issue of crimes in Juba is contributed by the cars with tinted glasses from the manufacturer. The role of the police should focus on developing friendly relations with the citizens. At this time of peace orders that do not correspond with the constitution should not be used against the rights of the people in the country.

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