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South Sudan president suspends reform of security sector


August 7, 2020 (JUBA)- South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir stopped plans to reform the security sector and replace the head of the Internal Security Bureau to avoid further rifts within the already polarized institution.

President Salva Kiir adresses a joint press conference on 9 July 2016 (Reuters Photo)In line with the revitalized peace agreement, the transitional government has to "design and implement security sector reforms and security sector transformation, to include the restructuring and reconstitution of institutions".

Multiple security sources close to the president told Sudan Tribune on Thursday that Kiir decided to suspend a plan to reform the security sector due to the ongoing tensions within the security service.

"There was a plan to remove the Director-General of the Internal Security Bureau Akol Koor Kuc," said the source under the cover of anonymity.

"In the peace agreement, there is a provision on the security sector reform. The president is obliged by the agreement to act but there are people who feel it is not the time to make changes. This has been the situation”, he further said.

Kuc who has been heading the internal bureau has been accused of grave human rights violations. His name is mentioned in a report of UN experts in 2019. Also, A human rights defender who managed recently to fly to the United States Peter Biar Ajak accused him of planning to kill him on presidential order.

Last May, a series of opinion articles were published in different media including Sudan Tribune denouncing a smear campaign against the head of the internal security service. accusing him of supplying weapons to Murle in Pibor.

Ateny Wek Ateny, South Sudan’s presidential press secretary, held a press conference in Juba on Friday to dismiss Ajak accusations against President Kiir and the head of his internal security apparatus.

Ajak’s problem "is fear itself and such paranoia is the genesis of his return to the U.S," Atney said.


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  • 8 August 2020 07:02, by Kenyang ll

    One thing will happen again and over. Salva Kiir will reward enemies and opportunists with top positions on expense of those who stood and do the right thing. Kiir is stupid and that is what stupid people do.

    • 8 August 2020 08:33, by Crazy Doctor

      Why not to replace Akol Koor Kuc? Because this man is now destablizing South Sudan. National Security Service has become not for South Sudanese people. Its belong to Akol’s family now adays even he don’t even know general Obote Mamur

  • 8 August 2020 07:20, by Mayendit

    President Salva Kiir Mayardit must remove general Akol Koor Kuc and Major general Mawien Mawien Ngook known as Mawien Magol. General Akol Koor has been accused by civilians including his own people from Tonj North county. Akol Koor also have been accused in Jonglei State that he was supplying Murle youths. Akol also he was accused for unknown gunmen killing in Juba, Wau and Awiel. Mawien Magol al

  • 8 August 2020 07:30, by Mayendit

    The issue of Major general Mawien Mawien Ngook is true. He took 7PKM machines guns and gave them to his clan so that, they can killed others clans as they did exactly in Lou Mawien community. There were a lot of ammunition which he gave them to his clan to be use against others clans and this is how 11 civilians were killed and 38 wounded seriously and general Akol Koor Kuc failed to arrest Major

  • 8 August 2020 14:48, by 1940s

    Father in law and son in law J.E.C that a government who runs the country. Greedy dinka and their ego, plus their money 💰 lovers. Our country will never move forward in facts is about to bellow up very badly.

    • 8 August 2020 19:02, by Crazy Doctor

      The issue of General Akol Koor is too high. What he is doing this idays is against all South Sudanese 63 tribes across South South. Let him be replace simply than keeping him in power. My call to H E general Salva Kiir Mayardit is to relieve Akol to do what ever he want to do. We don’t fear of Akol agressive

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