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BREAKING: Government postpones graduation of police trainees

Juba, South Sudan,

June 08, 2021 – The Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity has postponed the graduation of police trainees to an unspecified date citing a lack of resources in a decision that could draw the attention of the international community.

BREAKING: Government postpones graduation of unified police forces
South Sudan Presidency at a meeting on security arrangements in Juba on 8th June, 2021 (photo credit: Presidential Press Unit

In a meeting of the Presidency Tuesday afternoon, the government said the graduation initially slated for 9th June 21, will be underway if it secures enough resources, including financial and logistical arrangements.

In one of its resolutions, the presidency said it has tasked Tutkew Gatluak, the presidential advisor on national security affairs to look start mobilizing resources.

The Presidency meeting shared by the Country’s president H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit took place today on the 8th of June 2021 in the office of the President.

“The presidency resolved to extend the Police Graduation Ceremony of Batch 22 Cadet Officers in order to further prepare the necessary requirements for their graduation,” it says in a statement shared with Nyamilepedia.

“President Kiir asked his Presidential advisor for security affairs Hon. Tut Gatluak to exert much more efforts in mobilizing funds to ensure that the unified forces guaranteed enough logistical and other necessary needs to facilitate their graduation process,” he continues.

The meeting which was “conducted in a collegial way” as prescribed by the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan was attended by First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, Dr. James Wani Igga, Hussein Abdelbagi Akol, Taban Deng Gai, and Rebecca Nyandeng.

The meeting which widely focused on Chapter 2 of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan also resolved, among some of its major resolutions, that trained forces would be relocated to cantonment sites for further training.

“After the discussion on security issues and challenges that are facing by the graduation of Unified forces the presidency has resolved the following factors :

“To accelerate the process of graduating the unified forces and developing a unified command; to relocate both government and opposition forces to the cantonment sites for further training,” it said.

The statement says the government resolved to capacitate the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity in order to “strengthen the unity of the people of South Sudan irrespective of their political affiliation,” the statement says.

The implementation of the peace agreement has been stagnant in Chapter which talks about security arrangements due to lack of political will.

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