14 Nov 2019

 

New Police Force For Rule Of Law And Human Rights In Yei

“We are committed to improving the rule of law and once these recruits are passed out of the training field, we want them to cooperate with members of the community so that we build effective community policing and improve on our working relationship”.

New Police Force For Rule Of Law And Human Rights In Yei
Section of the new police recruits in Yei. [Photo Daniel Friday Martin |Gurtong]

By Daniel Friday Martin

YEI (15.JUNE.2019) GURTONG- Major general Yousa Lujang Kamba, the Yei River State Police Commissioner, said 260 new police force undergoing training will improve the rule of law and the human rights situation in Yei River State.

Yei River State, an area located approximately 100 miles South-west of the national capital Juba, is bordering the the neighboring democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda and the area was the worst affected by the 2016 conflict.

As a result, thousands of locals in all the thirteen counties of the state fled the area for safety into neighboring Uganda and Congo.

Speaking to Gurtong in an exclusive interview, major General Lujang Kamba said after the signing of the revitalized peace agreement, thousands of returnees and internally displaced persons are returning home, prompting state authorities to beef up security, protection and the need to restore rule of law to build trust and confidence among the civilians and the local government.

Lujang said the new police recruits were approved by the national Inspector General of Police (IGP) in Juba.

“I presented the issue of lack of enough police force to the IGP and he has given me the approval to go ahead in training more police force so that they can be dispatched to all the thirteen counties. Our overall goal is to ensure rule of law and improvement on the human rights situation in Yei River State”, he added.

Lujang said out of the 260 police recruits, 50 of them are young females. He said they are being trained on the general police code of ethics, human rights, police laws and regulations, code of criminal procedures, police act, the constitution and other relevant subjects.

“We all know that there were challenges and issues of rape against women, killings, theft, looting and domestic violence in Yei by then and by us training these police on their professional roles they will improve the rule of law and protection of the civilians in Yei River State” Lujang stressed.

Lujang said there are about 900 functional police force in the whole of Yei River State operating in only the four counties of Yei River State. (Yei River County, Lainya County, Morobo County and Kajo-Keji County). He attributed the limited police force to lack of timely motivation, logistical support and economic challenges connected to the police sector.

Lujang outlined that there are only two functional police vehicles in the whole state proving it difficult for the police personnel to move from one village to another to track down criminal activities against the civil population.

“My appeal to the national government and other partners is to extend a hand of logistical support to the police sector to improve on the work of the police in the state”, he noted.

The new recruits will possibly end their three months training in August before another new batch is enrolled. “We are committed to improving the rule of law and once these recruits are passed out of the training field, we want them to cooperate with members of the community so that we build effective community policing and improve on our working relationship”, he pledged.

Lujang added the new recruits will be deployed to all the thirteen counties and immigration posts and other relevant departments.

“We want to present good image to the outside world, the police will fully take responsibility of their job. The soldiers assumed responsibilities of the police because we have been at war. But now with the implementation of the peace agreement, we are preparing the police to take over their duty in protecting the civilians and their properties”, He ended.

Water is Basic, an American charity organization in partnership with the Evangelical Presbyterian church of South Sudan- peace desk is also aiding the training of the new police recruits in Yei River State.

Denis Lasuba, Secretary General of the Evangelical Presbyterian Peace Desk told Gurtong in a separate interview that although the Church played an instrumental role in conflict mediation and peace building over the past years, it’s taking a positive step in supporting the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement at local level.

Denis said, “I am privilege to say this program is supported by EPC and its partners, including Water is Basic. We are providing them with food, boots and uniforms to equip them. We graduated from war and it’s now time to support peace and we believe that once these police recruits graduate, they will improve the human rights situation and the rule of law in the state”

Denis appealed to its partners supporting peace initiative to continue supporting peace and post war peace efforts in Yei River State.

“Even if it means providing rescue and patrol vehicles to the police and its leadership that will also be much appreciated because at the moment we don’t have it”, Denis explained.

Earlier, Yei River State Governor Emmanuel Adil said his leadership is working day and night towards the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement, supports local peace initiatives and to restore stable security and rule of law across the state.
 

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