SUDAN WATCH: USSP on GoSS: Insecurity in S. Sudan is due to the LRA, men on horseback from N. Sudan, armed groups and individuals

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

USSP on GoSS: Insecurity in S. Sudan is due to the LRA, men on horseback from N. Sudan, armed groups and individuals

From Sudan Radio Service, Wednesday 05 August 2009:
USSP Official Criticizes GOSS Security Policy
(London) – The deputy leader of the United South Sudan Party, Brian Badi, is calling on the Government of southern Sudan to contain insecurity and prepare southern Sudanese for the next elections and the referendum.

Speaking to Sudan Radio Service by phone from London on Wednesday, Badi described the situation as he saw it in southern Sudan.

[Brian Badi]: “As far as security is concerned, I think I would categorize the causes of insecurity in southern Sudan into five categories, 

A, is the LRA, the Ugandan rebels. 

B, is the Ambororo, the Janjaweed or people on horseback who come from the north. 

C, is the armed groups or militias in the south. 

D, I would say are the individuals who possess illegal arms or weapons, individuals roaming about in southern Sudan with illegal weapon in their hands. 

E, is the soldiers who take the law into their own hands and use their guns to commit crimes.

Because, one, they misunderstand their own national role and their obligation to the citizens and the civil population.   Two, because they are not paid salaries and of course if you don’t pay people salaries, you don’t give them their dues, how do you expect them to live and how do expect their families to survive? These make them take the law into their own hands and of course they go about robbing people in the villages, looting and raping etc.”

Badi said the Government of southern Sudan should start asking itself what it has achieved in the last four years.

[Brian Badi]: “The Government of southern Sudan has been in power for four years, four years is a long period. It is actually the full length of the government and if a government has not performed in four years then it can ask itself - or the citizens have a right to ask - what have they been doing? 

They have always been giving lame excuses that south Sudan has just come out of war. The war ended a long, long time ago and they have been in power for four years. That is a long enough period for them to have made substantial improvements.”

The deputy leader of the United South Sudan Party, Brian Badi, was speaking to Sudan Radio Service from London on Wednesday.

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