“Join politics and give up uniform service, or otherwise.” -Kiir bans all active officers from politics.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit has ordered that all active officers, non-commissioned officers, non-governmental organizations, and South Sudan People’s Defense Forces refrain from engaging in political activities.
President Kiir also barred youth and women’s groups from participating in politics and warned activists against using social media to spread hate speech.
President Kiir orders the restriction of specific institutions from participating in politics in a statement issued by the Presidential Unit.
“In exercise of the powers delegated to me by article 101 (c) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011 (as amended), I, Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan, Commander-in-Chief of the SSPDF, and Supreme Commander of all regular forces, do hereby issue this republican order prohibiting all active officers and non-commissioned (NGOs) in the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) and all the According to a statement released by NCMP, President Kiir
Kiir claims that the regular forces, including the national army and national security, have been directed to ensure that these instructions be followed.
He further said that any officer or non-commissioned officer who fails to implement this order would be investigated by the appropriate authorities and punished in line with the law.
Furthermore, as stipulated for in the SPLA (SSPDF) Act, the NS Act, the Police Service Act, and the Prison Service Act, officers and employees working for regular forces are barred from engaging in politics while still in service.
In accordance with this, the President issued a Republican Order to bring the previously ineffectual legislation into conformity (s). As a result, it will be up to the interested person to decide whether to enter politics and forego their uniform duty, or not.
And that is a personal choice based on one’s fundamental rights as a citizen.
He highlighted that individuals who spread misinformation and hate speech on social media and other media channels must cease immediately or face consequences.
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