South Sudan’s Military Command Warns Against Political Interference
Wau Town, South Sudan – On the 40th anniversary of the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF), military commanders have issued a stern warning to soldiers against meddling in politics. Gen. Abraham Gum, commander of the 5th Infantry in Western Bahr el Ghazal State, emphasized the crucial role of the national army in protecting South Sudan’s territorial integrity and urged officers to remain impartial.
Addressing the public in Wau town, Gen. Gum highlighted the duty of the military to safeguard the sovereignty of the nation while upholding human rights. “It is our major duty to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our nation,” he stated. “In doing so, I caution all soldiers to respect human rights as enshrined in our constitution and other international treaties.”
Furthermore, Gen. Gum issued a clear warning to officers and non-commissioned officers, urging them to refrain from involvement in politics and emphasizing that the military should not serve as a political-military entity.
Drawing attention to the welfare of soldiers and their families, Gen. Gum called upon the national government to address their needs effectively. This call for support echoes concerns about the well-being of those who have dedicated themselves to the defense of the nation.
Governor Sarah Cleto Rial of Western Bhar el Ghazal echoed Gen. Gum’s sentiments, urging soldiers to uphold professional conduct and avoid politicization. “You are people in uniforms; don’t be politicized. We want to ensure that there is no return to war,” Governor Rial emphasized.
Meanwhile, the absence of national celebrations for SPLA Day in the capital was notable. However, President Salva Kiir’s speech underscored his commitment to protecting and caring for the families of war heroes and heroines, highlighting their invaluable contributions to the nation’s history.
As South Sudan strives for stability and progress, the military’s adherence to professionalism and non-interference in political affairs remains critical to the nation’s future.
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