Report: The Tribal Police Force in South Sudan

Report: The Tribal Police Force in South Sudan

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Report: The Tribal Police Force in South Sudan

The document examines appointments, promotions, postings, and deployments of Inspector Generals of Police (IGPs) and their deputies in South Sudan's police service from 2005 to present. Key points:

  • Appointments and promotions appear to be based more on tribal/ethnic ties and relationships with the President, First Vice President, or IGPs rather than job qualifications, experience, or merit.
  • The police service seems to devalue seniority and disparage experienced non-Dinka/Nuer officers trained in Sudan. Many qualified officers are denied promotions or forced into retirement.
  • Since the Comprehensive Peace Agreement era, Dinka members have dominated IGP and police leadership roles in most states, with Nuer members as deputies.
  • The police lack professionalism and capacity to protect public safety and lands in a lawful, sustainable manner. Force accused of brutality, corruption, theft.
  • Under the constitution, the President has unchecked powers to appoint unqualified, inexperienced officers to leadership roles. Lawmakers rubberstamp laws without understanding police policies.
  • Upcoming 2024 elections will demonstrate how tribal police policies are used to intimidate voters and conceal irregularities to keep current president in power.
  • Limiting presidential powers and moving police under state/county jurisdiction could improve professionalism, accountability, and serve interests of nation rather than tribe.

The document provides detailed profiles of IGPs and deputies from 2005-present, highlighting lack of qualifications and disproportionate Dinka/Nuer representation compared to other ethnic groups. It advocates reforming the police force to be more professional, accountable, and representative of the nation.

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