BY: Peter Gai Manyuon, Juba, OCT/29/2013, SSN;
This article is basically directed to Traffic Police Officers who turn to be thieves in the Republic of South Sudan, more so the context of newest Nation in the whole world.
Historically, South Sudanese were not acting like thieves since during the liberation struggle but after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), people have turned to be like wild animals, specifically, the police officers in this new nation.
We don’t know whether some people hearts become like those of animals or what? Take your time to read it and give your feedback, if the issues mentioned in the article are realities in South Sudan context.
It was on Sunday morning on 27th of October 2013, I was using one of the Minibus to shuttle to the Customs Area. On the trip, the Minibus I was using was stopped by the South Sudan police and they began asking the Driver and Conductor about their documents.
But despite the fact that the driver’s and conductor’s documents were produced and given to the two Traffic Police Officers, who were stationed between the National Security headquarters and Customs Area, they told the driver to give the money.
Ostensibly, these traffic police officers accused the driver for allegedly stopping at the distance, but the driver told them that he did not did anything wrong. The driver also added that all the documents were fine.
So what next?
These two traffic police officers then took the driver and his Conductor to their Car and began issuing them with a receipt for payment of an amount of money not indicated. I quickly guessed that it was a fake charge.
Collecting all courage, I, the author of this article, asked the conductor to give me the receipt so that I can scrutinize it closely. But after seeing it, I immediately concluded that these South Sudanese Traffic Officers are really thieves that needed serious investigation about their criminal activities against the citizens from the government of the Republic of South Sudan.
Seriously, I am very much confused always with the way people perceive other people’s wealth in South Sudan, each and every one is looking at other people’s properties with a very big heart.
However, it has apparently become very much so especially with Traffic Police Officers, as they have scrupulously violated their role and mandate.
Without any shame, some Traffic officers are using the white uniforms as something for stealing in all part of Juba.
Every part of Juba town is full of traffic police Officers but interestingly, their intention is to illegally get money from motorists through intimidation and trumped up charges and fines.
These Traffic Police are definitely not performing their national mandate and duty as police are legally supposed to protect law and order of the great nation like the Republic of South Sudan.
But unfortunately, what the South Sudanese police officers are doing is just direct stealing, others term it as radical stealing.
Most of them are having more than two different receipts, one of which is private that does not show the true amount of money paid by the drivers who are allegedly fined for some fake traffic infarction.
Since the money crookedly goes to them, these traffic police officers just falsely sign on these receipt without indicating the amount of South Sudanese Pounds paid.
Interestingly, the other receipt not produced often carries the official
logo of the Traffic police of South Sudan.
Analysis about South Sudan Traffic Police Officers: We all know that South Sudanese came from the background of civil war, and the majority of people of South Sudan have regarded the issue of Traffic Police Officers as “lack of what to eat.”
As a result, this common popular perception has created serious insecurity among drivers, because every day, the traffic officers always take huge amounts of money from the Minibuses especially and Cars that have private numbers.
Of course, the traffic police officer cleverly avoid those drivers that have Government of South Sudan Numbers, they are always free of charge or intimidation.
When you look in to the security situation in South Sudan particularly, you find that Police Officers are allegedly the ones accused of killing people at night and they are the ones who are sitting on the road side daily looking for and extorting money from the people.
Realistically, when you look at Juba particularly, you find those who are having good houses are Police Officers who always demand a lot of money from people at night. Their intention is to get rich very fast using wrong ways that are not blessed by the God almighty.
Moreover, after the Minister of Interior, Aleu Ayieny, was appointed by the President of South Sudan, he promised to deal with corruption issues that are within the police in the Republic of South Sudan and he also continued telling people of South Sudan that there are many ghost names that are in the Ministry.
Now people like me are wondering what happens next, to our beloved Minister, after he swore that he will deal with them one by one but now, he the Minister, has kept quiet without following up on what he told the public last month.
• Ministry of Interior should revise its policies regarding the Traffic Police Officers who are on the roadside always disturbing people to pay money all the times and the money goes to their private pockets
• Traffic police office should come up with monitoring and evaluation (M and E )policy to reduce this rampant corruption that is committed by the Traffic Officers in South Sudan
• If all things are not working, the Ministry of Interior should dismiss by decree some of the Director-Generals in the Ministry, so that rule of law, transparency and accountability should prevail in the Republic of South Sudan.
Conclusively; I will reiterate by a word of prayer; and my prayer goes like this; heavenly father, God who created earth, Heaven and you created man in your own image, I ask your kindness Lord Almighty, you need to be in the hearts and minds of South Sudanese people, let them have resilience and love among themselves not stealing can be the good way of running this new nation.
I ask you oh God to look critically at the way Traffic Police Officers are misleading this great nation into the darkness, I ask you oh lord to forgive those who did wrong and may you also show to the departments concerned in the Ministry of Interior those culprits who are trying to spoil this great nation in one way or the other.
I ask you to clean their hearts and minds, so that we live in peace and Harmony in South Sudan, in Jesus name I prayer and believe. Amen.
The author is the Independent Journalist and a writer who writes extensively on the issues of Democratization and Human Rights in South Sudan, you can contact him through ;firstname.lastname@example.org