YAMBIO – The Minister of Interior, Alison Monani Magaya led a high-level delegation from the ministry to Western Equitoria to see how the organized forces are faring and to confer with authorities on the security situation in the state.
Briefing state officials upon his arrival in Yambio on Wednesday, Magaya called on the government of the state to be cautious of militias hoping to destabilize South Sudan.
“Khartoum up to date has not recognized the sovereignty of South Sudan as an independent nation,” said Magaya, apparently referring to the fact that some accuse Sudan of supporting the militias that he warned about.
He said that manpower, transparency in finances, management, logistics, social welfare, and salary structures are the most important aspects of the armed forces his government wants to tackle.
“The Ministry of the Interior is the face of the government. If the police are doing well, then the government is good. If the police are doing badly, then the government is also doing badly, not the army,” said Magaya.
The minister said that the action plan of the Ministry of Interior has been passed by the National Assembly and will be implemented in order to transform the organized forces of the country to meet international standards.
Magaya also inaugurated Yambio’s prison clinic and the female ward of the prison, which was constructed by the United Nations development Program (UNDP). Males and females at the prison previously had to share cells.
The minister promised that electronic machines for nationality and passports would be installed in the states this month to ease procedures for obtaining these documents.
He explained that it would be very easy for the state to identify the foreigners trying to get access to South Sudanese nationalities.
“It is your right to access the nationality as Southern Sudanese, but do not allow foreigners to get access to the papers,” said Magaya.
This is the last leg of Magaya’s tour of the ten states of the Republic of South Sudan.
He was accompanied by the inspector general of the police, the director general of the prison service, and the director general of the fire brigade.
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Friday, 7 September 2012