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Civil Society Alliance urges unified forces to shun politics

Civil Society Alliance urges unified forces to shun politics
Graduation of the first batch of the South Sudan Unified Forces in Juba on August 30, 2022. Courtesy

The South Sudan Civil Society Alliance has advised soldiers selected as part of the Necessary Unified Forces to shun politics and priorities the security of every South Sudanese.

Thousands of soldiers are expected to graduate in Juba on Tuesday, August 30 as part of the 83,000 forces envisioned in the revitalized peace agreement.

The officers are drawn from the SSPDF, SPLA-IO, and SSOA.

They have been at the training camps since 2019.

The first batch graduates will joined the SSPDF, National Security Service and the National Police Service.

In a media statement, the Chairperson of the Civil Society Alliance urged the new officers to avoid party politics.

Akuoch Ajang Nyanhom said the forces should live to the expectations of the peace deal and the ordinary persons they pledge to protect.

“They must put South Sudan first, not their movements and not their leaders. They must provide security and protect the land of the people of South Sudan,” he stressed.

Mr. Ajang believes the deployment of the unified forces will contribute to peace and stability in the country.

“When we have a unified force being graduated, then there will be improvement in the security sector and intercommunal fights may reduce since we have trained forces,” he stated.

The graduation of the unified forces will take place at Dr. John Garang Mausoleum in Juba.

Among the guests expected to witness the passing out of the forces are Ugandan President and the President of the Sudan Sovereign Council, among other dignitaries.