Presidency suspends graduation of Police force scheduled for 9th June
South Sudan presidents have suspended the graduation of 600 police force scheduled for Wednesday 9th June, at Dr. John Garang Mausoleum in a meeting convened and chaired by President Gen. Kiir Mayardit on Tuesday afternoon.
The presidents agreed to push the graduation of the 22nd Batch cadets to another day such that the numbers of the forces could be added and to ‘prepare necessary requirements’ for their graduation, Presidential Affairs Minister- Dr. Marial Benjamin said.
“The meeting also resolved the suspension of the graduation of the police force such that necessary requirements are prepared.”
According to Dr. Barnaba Marial, the Presidents resolved to speed up the processes of the Security arrangements and reunification of the forces. They also agreed for relocation of the formerly trained soldiers who deserted cantonment sites for further training, heading into graduation.
Dr. John Garang Mausoleum was decorated in preparation for the big graduation day.
In attendance were:- President Kiir Mayar and his 5 Vice Presidents- Dr. Riek Machar, Taban Deng, Hussein Abdelbagi Akol, Wani Iga and Mama Rebecca Nyandeng, Presidential Affairs Minister-Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin and National Security Advisor- Tut Gatluak.
In the meeting, Dr. Marial said that President Kiir directed Tut Gatluak to mobilize resources towards reunification of the forces.
One and a half years into the formation of the R-TGONU, forces are yet to be unified and command restructured, yet this was meant for the pre-transitional period.