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President Kiir Assures on Security in South Sudan mid-November
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President Kiir Assures on Security in South Sudan mid-November

By Juma John Stephen
Posted to the web on November 15, 2008


November 15, 2008 (JUBA) – South Sudan President and Commander-in-Chief of SPLM/SPLA, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, has absolved his party from blame over the deteriorating state of security in South Sudan.

Speaking at the closure of the South Sudan Political Parties dialogue in Nyokuron Cultural Centre, the president said that the SPLA should not be used as a scapegoat for all insecurity malpractices by some elements to cause confusion in society.

“The SPLA is looking into the matter in a bid to restore its image by tracking down on all culprits who are causing instability in our country. They will face the full force of the law if found guilty”, warned the president.

He added that such blames on the SPLA/SPLM is channeled to bring doubts on the capabilities of the country’s security forces.

President Kiir downplayed rumours doing rounds about the planned assassination of top government figures, adding that they were serious allegations that should be acted upon.

“The SPLA has concrete evidence of some malicious people spreading rumors that are meant not only to demoralise the government and our leaders but also to destabilise our country”, said Kiir.

The SPLA Commander in Chief explained that SPLA is the people’s army that was developed out of the enormous sacrifice of the people of New Sudan to defend its people and entire Sudan.

He added that SPLA is not only capable of defending the people of South Sudan but is ready to ensure peace in the entire Sudan and the region at large.

The president said that the Council of Ministers and South Sudan Legislative Assembly has passed the SPLA defense policy paper that clearly defines the framework and the role of the SPLA.

The SPLA Act which is still being developed, added President Kiir, states vividly that the SPLA is the national, non-partisan and provisional army constituted to defend the citizens of South Sudan.

He appealed to all South Sudanese political parties to work in good faith to build an atmosphere of trust and respect of professionalism in South Sudan.

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