By Abraham Agoth
AWEIL, 16 June 2012 [Gurtong] – The exercise is in line with a directive by the South Sudanese Ministry of Interior that all foreigners in the country be registered to ascertain their identity and mission in South Sudan.
The Director General of the Directorate of Nationality, Passport and Immigration Augustino Maduot Parek said the move seeks to control the illegal movement of people against the backdrop of rising insecurity in South Sudan.
The exercise that commenced on 7 June will run for a month and will be conducted at the immigration offices in all the ten states.
"It is actually a good intention because this is a new country. We have not known who is staying in our country. We need to know who the foreign nationals are, where they came from, where they are staying and what activities they are involved in”, said Parek.
He said anyone interested to stay in South Sudan must have a legal status and therefore must have legal documents.