Juba, South Sudan,
June 21, 2021 – A policeman has blamed nepotism for derailing his promotion after serving as a sergeant for nine years.
The officer who identifies himself as Ariik Kuol Ariik Mawien served in the South Sudan National Police Service religiously with all the required qualifications, including academic documents but he now reports to those recruited after him.
“I served as an S.G.T (Sergeant) for almost 9 (nine) years since 01/06/2012 in South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS) with the documents [diploma and bachelor’s degree] stated above,” he said.
Ariik said serving the government with consistency and commitment turns out to be a regret when one does not have a backup from the top.
“I came to know that, it’s really a regret and a great crime to faithfully serve in the government of South Sudan without a Big uncle behind,” he said.
Ariik said he was ranked in his current position since the days when Gen. Achuil Tito Madut, the Inspector General of Police by then, and Hon. Alison Manani Magaya, the Minister of Interior at the time, approved the appointment of 352 Technical Sergeants (T/SGTs) to establish the Biometric System at the Directorate of Nationality, Passports & Immigration, which later upgraded into the Directorate of Civil Registry, Nationality, Passports & Immigration.
He said some people have been promoted five times in two years when he is still languishing in the dustbin of oblivion.
“Let me cite my BOSS here as a good and convincing example of change and progress. My current IGP was a Lt. Col and was heading the Department of Immigration within the DNPI,” he said in a Facebook post obtained by Nyamilepedia.
“Now, he has successfully passed five promotions from Lt. Col to a Police IGP in less than two years. What makes him successful is what we do down here. Even the shapes of Jebel Kujur, Lado, and Luri have never been the same after Juba became a City with multiple developmental projects that needed stone’s gravels and aggregates for concrete foundations,” Ariik stressed.
“What crime have I committed to remaining stagnant in a Junior Rank of Technical Sergeant for too long? Some of my colleagues recruited after me in 2013, 2014, and 2020 have finally made their way to 2nd. Lts, 1st. Lts, Capts. and Majors,” he lamented.
Ariik said the most painful aspect of this saga is that he is still a junior officer waiting for new recruits to come and be promoted ahead of him.
“The worst part, I’m still not a senior NCO in the Police. I’m acting waiting for their children who are still breastfeeding to take up their positions as officers when they grow up. It works better when your Big uncle represents you instead of a valid certificate.
The officer said he was not the only one facing the challenge as some of his colleagues in Rajaf and Agut Makur Training Fields were also suffering the same fate.
“There are many roadblocks to Cadets in Rajaf and Agut Makur Training Fields. Even those who managed to join the Cadets in their respective training fields are now affected by this unusual Hotel’s promotion, in terms of seniority. After graduating, they will be subordinates and remain in a very submissive situation after a hard and lengthy period of struggle in the fields. Imagine how regretful it is to salute an officer who has recently graduated from a family Police College?” he asked.