AUTHOR: Elizabeth Lochapio | PUBLISHED: August 23, 2023
A senior police officer prepares to test-drive the Toyota Landcruiser on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 | Credit | Sisto Ohide
The UN World Food Program has donated a vehicle to the police department in Kapoeta South, Eastern Equatoria State.
Th agency handed over the five-door Landcruiser Hardtop to the state government in Torit on Tuesday.
The WFP Field Officer, Thiago Resende, says the vehicle will help the police respond to crimes quickly.
“we are very glad to hand over one of the tools that will be supporting the Kapoeta police in their patrolling in the area of greater Kapoeta,” Resende told reporters during the handover ceremony.
Since July, the greater Kapoeta region has been witnessing incidents of revenge attack and cattle raiding.
According to county officials, the death toll of the conflict, which started on Independence Day, is about 15, including travelers killed in road ambushes.
The clashes occurred mainly between youth in Kapoeta South and Budi counties.
“You know there is recurrent security challenges and this is just a contribution or a good will from WFP,” Resend added.
Speaking at the same ceremony, the Commissioner of National Police Service in Eastern Equatoria State – Major General James Monday – appreciated the World Food Program for the donation.
He stated that: “Without mobility, the police cannot respond carry out its mandate, especially in response to crimes. With this donation of a four wheeled Land Cruiser, the police have been capacitated and strengthened to do their work.”
The documents for the handover were officially signed by the Police Inspector for Kapoeta South County, Maj General Adil Juma in Torit.