26 February 2013- Demonstrating the commitment of UN Police (UNPOL) to peace building efforts in Jonglei State, UN Police Commissioner Fred Yiga traveled to the state capital Bor today.
The UNPOL chief met with the Inspector General of South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS), General Pieng Deng Kuol, and Jonglei Acting Police Commissioner Brig. Gei Manyang.
Introducing the Jonglei UNPOL team to the SSNPS leadership, Mr. Yiga said they would train the state’s auxiliary police in Protection of Civilians.
He outlined the UN force’s achievements in the state, including the establishment of a Livestock Patrol Unit, which he said would be vital in ending cattle rustling.
Rampant cattle raids in the state have contributed to violence and loss of lives. The latest attack in Akobo County left dozens of civilians dead and several children abducted.
“The recent unfortunate developments in the state are not only a cause for concern to the government but are painting a very bad picture of the whole of South Sudan to the outside world,” said Gen. Kuol. “There is an urgent need to address them.”
Inspector General Kuol pointed to the state’s many challenges, stressing that tackling them meant adequate training of both police and army in respecting human rights.
“I want to promise that we will not frustrate your countries’ efforts to send you here,” Gen. Kuol told the UNPOL team. “We want our police to uphold the constitution with its mandate to prevent crime, investigate crime and protect people and property.”
He added that the SSNPS was also committed to women’s empowerment, emphasizing that the people of South Sudan must appreciate the role of women in peace building and reconciliation.