JUBA, South Sudan, October 26, 2021 / APO Group / –
For a long time, local police officers in the remote areas of Saura and Sakure in Western Equatoria have done their best to maintain law and order in their respective administrative divisions by working under the mango trees.
They did not have a detention center to detain suspects. The toilets were non-existent.
This all changed thanks to two quick impact projects led by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
These newly constructed police stations ensure that law enforcement personnel have adequate office space; prisoners can be properly held in cells without compromising their human rights and dignity; and there are adequate sanitation facilities.
“I firmly believe that these police stations will promote the rule of law and make community members feel more secure,” said Angelo Francis Ngindo, chief executive of Yambio municipality.
Mr. Ngindo’s views are further ratified by Major General James Monday Enoka, the state police commissioner. “UNMISS and the South Sudan Police Service have a very cooperative relationship. These police stations are living proof of the harmonious way we work together for the betterment of all communities. I urge our police to use these new facilities to restore their zeal and motivation to ensure the safety of all citizens, ”he said.
These police stations also have spaces for women to come and report crimes without fear. “In Sakure, as women, we frequently suffer from crimes of a sexual nature,” revealed Gloria Joseph, a representative for women. “I think that with this new police station, we will be able to report such crimes and the perpetrators will get the justice they deserve,” she added.
For Elia Richard Box, Minister of State for Local Communities and Law Enforcement, these police stations will strengthen peacebuilding. “Without peace, citizens cannot be free. Therefore, these police stations not only provide cells for suspects, but are also a means of bringing peace to the people. I see these positions as an asset for peacebuilding.
During the handover ceremony, Christopher Murenga, head of the UNMISS field office in Western Equatoria, stressed the need for the rule of law and cooperation between citizens and law enforcement. “I believe that the construction of these police stations will certainly improve security in the region while creating a safe space where communities and the police can take collective responsibility for maintaining public order,” Murenga said.
UNMISS continues to implement similar projects in different parts of Western Equatoria State in support of the United Nations peacekeeping mission for lasting peace and the protection of civilians.
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