Government fails to deploy 51,000 unified forces

Peace monitors said on Thursday that the government has failed to deploy 51,000 Necessary Unified Forces (NUF) due to disagreement over the unified command structure for the prisons, wildlife, fire brigade and national security.
Maj. Gen. Charles Tai Gituai, Interim Chairperson of RJMEC speaks during plenary meeting held in Juba on Thursday [Photo: Awan Achiek]

By Awan Achiek

Peace monitors said on Thursday that the government has failed to deploy 51,000 Necessary Unified Forces (NUF) due to disagreement over the unified command structure for the prisons, wildlife, fire brigade and national security.

Maj. Gen. Charles Tai Gituai, Interim Chairperson of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) revealed that the majority of the affected security personnel are from the opposition parties.

The government passed out the first batch of unified forces on August 30, 2022.

 “Some 51,000 NUF personnel are yet to be deployed, the majority of whom are from other organized forces besides the army,” Charles said during the RJMEC plenary meeting in Juba.

In November 2023, 4,000 NUF personnel were deployed to the states of Upper Nile, Eastern Equatoria, Western Equatoria and Western Bahr El Ghazal.

Gituai said that the completion of the unification of forces is a key step towards providing conducive environment for the conduct of elections in December 2024.

Dr. Martin Lomuro, Minister of Cabinet Affairs said that the military high command on June 9, 2023 agreed on the second echelon of prisons, wildlife, fire brigade and national security services but failed to agree on a unified army and police.

“In the case of the police, it is reported that out of more than 6,000 SPLM/IO soldiers more than 3,700 are officers with high ranks compared to slightly above 2,000 Non Commissioned Officers,” he said.

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