press releaseBy Thomas Kenneth
Juba — The President of the Republic and the supreme commander of the Republic of South Sudan National Police Services H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit yesterday on Monday 18th June 2012 graduated at Buluk Police Headquarters in Juba not less than 125 customs officers of different ranks. The ceremony also witnessed swearing in of the 13 police officers who are reinstated recently by a Presidential Decree.
When addressing the ceremony President Kiir congratulated the graduates and directed all units of the police to join the government and be committed in fighting the corrupt systems and serve the country with honesty. H.E Kiir urged the police not to abuse its powers but rather exert more efforts to change its image among the citizens.
President Kiir commended the efforts of the Ministry of Interior in transforming the police and said the government will always be supportive to the ministry and will avail modern equipment and quality training to help change the image of the police. He appreciated the role being played by the UN Police in training the South Sudan police forces.
Meanwhile the minister for Interior Rtd Major General Alison Manani Magaya said despite the difficulties and challenges his ministry has started the process of transforming the police services according to the transformation action plan made by the ministry which includes high quality training of police officers. He announced that the college of police has started functioning and police academy is being established.
The minister for Finance and Economic Planning Hon. Kosti Manibe Ngai said that if anyone joined customs service with the aim of serving his/her interest will have no place in the customs. He called on the customs police graduates to win the trust of the people and be disciplined in their services.
Inspector General of Police, General Acuil Tito called on the police to respect the citizens. He urged the government to establish strong customs checkpoints with modern devices of checking to prevent dangerous materials entering the country. IGP called on the citizens to always provide information about any violation done by the police.