Juba 19 -10-2015; Police in south Sudan capital city Juba have arrested and detained three men with AK 47s, the police claimed the men who have now become the major prime suspects related to most of the night armed robberies in Juba, during interrogation have confessed that they partnered up with some soldiers (SPLA army officers) the men according to the police as the police were speaking on behalf of the three suspects, saying the men admitted that they are directly getting their guns for carrying night robberies and other targeted killings in the nation’s capital from the soldiers, and they are mostly targeting people they suspected to be rich.
The men through the police statement said they are directly hiring their guns for robbing ordinary people from certain elements within the SPLA army.
The men through police said they are charged by the army officers who give them their guns, for robbing, if true the men claimed they pay rental fees on daily basis for the guns, for each Kalashnikov rifle cost them 250 SSP per day.
It is alleged that most of the crimes committed in Juba including targeted killing and other violence related to guns are done by law enforcement agents including police officers and SPLA army, nearly two months ago in the area of Muniki, Juba suburb in night robbery SPLA soldier with a rank of a captain was gunned down and killed in the shooting between the robbers and the emergency call night patrol group (777 emergency call). He was later identified as a captain hails from northern Bahr el Ghazal state.
South Sudan security agents are also known by extorting money from local poor people, and extortion of money from illegal custom check points created by the migration department were they robbed businessmen and women mostly foreign businessmen and women doing businesses in Juba and other major towns in the country.
The officials from migration police at border crossings such as Nimule and others places are known by extra charging of entrance visa fees on foreigners and the same apply to custom clearance agents and South Sudan revenue department at different entrance points.
The common occurrences of night robberies by the police and the army is cited to poor and inadequate salaries, it is very hard for a police man to maintain a family with monthly salaries of 700SSP (less than 100US dollar) while food and non food items prices have surged so badly, this is the major root cause unless the government is able to restructure the salaries of the law enforcement agents innocent people will continue to pay the price with their dearly lives.
During independence speech Mr. Kiir promised to restructure the salaries of the civil servants in accordance to the current sky rocketing price of food commodities in the country but so far nothing happen.
J. Robert Swaka.