Lakes State’s gov’t donates 50 motorbikes to security personnel

New motorbikes lined up before being distributed to security personnel in Lakes State |Photo: © Thessherald

Authorities in Lakes State have undertaken an initiative dubbed “SPLM Road Safety Initiative” and donated around 50 motorcycles to security forces in a bid to reduce rampant insecurity in the state.

“Governor of Lakes State distributed 50 motorcycles to security organs to curve insecurity along main road that connects State to capital Juba,” said Mayor Muou Adhor, Press secretary in the Office of the governor.

“The governor of Lakes State, Hon Makur Kulang Liei has launched what he called SPLM Road Safety Initiative. This came amidst of distribution of motorcycles to the security organs in the State to patrol main road which connected the State to the nation’s capital Juba.”

The governor, who is also the interim chairman of the state’s ruling party, said that providing security along the main roads is very important and should not wait for the national government to address it.

The 50 motorcycles will be tasked with a role to deal with the criminal gangs who have been creating insecurity and carried out criminals activities along the road at night.

According to the governor’s office, the 50 motorcycles will be used to ease the movements of security personnel while dealing with criminal gangs who create insecurity and carry out criminal activities along the road at night.

SSPDF begins disarmament exercise to clear illegal firearms in Lakes State

More than 300 illegal firearms collected by traditional chiefs | Photo: File
More than 300 illegal firearms collected by traditional chiefs | Photo: File

August 13, 2020 (Thessherald)–The South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) have begun a disarmament process aimed at collecting illegal firearms from the civilian population in their areas.

“The Governor of Lakes State, Hon. Makur Kulang Liei, has officiated the launching of disarmament process in Lakes State today in Rumbek Town,” said Mayor Muou Adhor, Press Secretary in Lakes State.

“The governor, prior this exercise made several meetings in some parts of Lakes State where he urged the traditional authorities and youth to voluntarily hand over their arms to the government. The launching is a part of president Salva Kiir Mayardit order which called for the total eradication of illegal guns in the hands of notorious youth across the country,” Muou noted in a statement.

Addressing the citizens at Rumbek Freedom Square, Governor Kulang called on the chiefs to continue their well-started efforts to ensure that guns are taken from the civilians by the disarmament authorities.

The governor applauded the chiefs from Rumbek East County for voluntarily collecting 395 different types of riffles within two days. He urged the rest of the chiefs to follow suits in their respective areas.

“The governor appreciated the corporation between the government of Lakes State and disarmament commanders led by Lt.Gen. Rin Tueny Mabor for allowing State leadership to engage the youth for a peaceful disarmament.”

South Sudan’s conflict that began in 2013 has created scope for the illegal proliferation of firearms in the country.