[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] Relocation of the army will reduced crimes in the city, said the Chairperson for the two committees of Defense, Security and Public order in the National Legislative Assembly Samuel Duur Deng, on Wednesday last week
In an interview with TCT Mr. Deng confirmed that relocation of the army could minimize the level of crime within South Sudan’s capital of Juba. He underlined that in many nations, national armies are often stationed far away from civil populations. He cited Uganda, among other neighboring countries, saying that the Ugandan People’s Defense Force (UPDF) is stationed at radius of 20 miles away from Kampala city.
“So for us when you talk of 25 km, you are talking about 15 mi away from the capital of Juba. Relocation of the army is not a problem, and this will help in reducing criminal activities in town because we have been accused up to 25 percent of crimes are committed by our uniformed personnel.”
Mr. Deng believes that it is necessary for the camps and barracks to be isolated from the public in order to dismiss these allegations. The troops can then be called when they are needed. According to chapter two of the recently-signed peace agreement, all military forces within Juba shall be redeployed outside a radius of 25 km from the center of the national capital at the beginning of 30 days after the signing of the agreement and complete after 90 days.
Last week, the command of the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) and Sudan people Liberation Army in opposition (SPLA-IO) held a five-day workshop on the Permanent Ceasefire Transitional Security Agreement (PCTSA) in Addis Ababa. The workshop resolved many of the issues regarding the security agreement and monitoring mechanisms, though the rebel commanders did not sign the document.
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