South Sudan gov’t set date for graduation of forces
The administration has finally set a date for Unified Forces graduation.
The government declared that on August 20, 52,102 troops from the army, police, wildlife, jail, civil defense, and National Security would be graduating.
The recruits came from 17 different locations in the larger Bahr el Ghazal, Equatoria, and Nile areas.
The army, national security, and police forces will come from nine centers in the wider Equatoria area, 15, 682 from five stations in the Greater Upper Nile region, and 9812 from three centers in the Greater Bahr el Ghazal region.
“These troops are ready to be reintegrated, and we have decided that they will be graduating by the 20th of August this year,” stated Minister of Cabinet Affairs Martin Elia Lomuro.
“You will have the troops graded as per the plan in roughly 20 days,” he continued.
A Cabinet Affairs meeting also resolved to monitor developments over the following seven years to ensure that the process is completed without additional delay.
“We are certain that lingering concerns will be fixed within seven days, and in the end, we will tackle any problem that demands remedies prior to forcing graduation.”
Lomuro stated that President Salva Kiir has directed that all units (various formations) meet immediately, beginning today, to review the specifics and requirements and transmit them to the committee [which meets tomorrow, Thursday, August 11] to ensure that everything is in order before the big day.
“That is a pretty firm decision by the president.” It is also a strong indicator that everything is in order.”