January 18, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The President of the Government of South Sudan (GoSS), Salva Kiir Mayardit, has directed the ministry of internal affairs to reverse corruption trend and challenged the police force to clean their house before presenting themselves as credible law enforcement agents.
The GoSS President made the call over the weekend at the close of a high-level meeting in Juba, with the presence of about 48 police officers who recently returned from training abroad in South Africa and Ethiopia.
“You being taken for external training signals commitments and determinations of the government of South Sudan in its war against corruption and its malpractices,” Kiir said.
The president also urged officers to show good example to commissioned and non commissioned officers in the police force.
Kiir continued to say “let no police force be viewed as corrupt by your acts but a professional institution” and challenged the senior officers to work towards cleaning its own image before focusing on other institutions.
“Let no citizen loose trust in police due to negligent or irresponsible behaviors by coming drunk to work or attend to public issues under influence, public office and official working hours must be respected,” he said.
“I have seen in most of the occasions police officers conduct their affairs while drunk and hesitant to leave duty once requested by their colleagues,” Kiir added.
The GoSS president said that this must be stopped “with immediate effect” and asked General Gier Chuang the minister of internal affairs to ensure that the police force is a dependable law enforcement agency “instead of being law breakers”.
“I urge the officers to take action against those who will be involved in corruption, we should not fear sacking those who will be implicated in corruption,” he said.
He said the police are governed by regulations and if properly followed, the society would trust the force as defenders rather than offenders.
Earlier this month, General Gier Chuang Aluong reportedly acknowledged existing cooperation between police and the public in Juba making it possible to trace criminals in the town.
He said cooperation with local population and the police is vital and promised to ensure that the upcoming general elections are held in peaceful environment to ensure that they are free and fair.