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Gov’t to maintain current police in Juba during interim period

Author : | Published: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The police force in Juba will continue with their normal duties even after the deployment of a joint force of 3,000 personnel under the peace agreement, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police has said.

According to the transitional security arrangements, the joint force will be deployed in Juba and the capitals of the three states affected by the conflict.

The agreement stipulates that Bor, Malakal, and Bentiu will have 400 each, while the rest will be in Juba.

Lt-Gen Andrew Kuol says the number of police officers the warring parties agreed to in the peace deal is too small to manage security in Juba.

He told Eye Radio that Juba needs a bigger force to maintain security.

“If we talk of about 3,000 [police], do you know how large Juba has become?” Asked Lt-Gen Kuol.

“The rest of the police will be doing their normal duties, of course, but this police force is only to build confidence…and trust among the people because those coming from the IO may still be in fear.”

Currently, there are over 10,000 police officers in Juba.

The deployment of a joint police force is in line with the demilitarization of Juba and the capitals of states affected by the conflict.

The SPLM-IO is yet to respond to the statement.

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