Deadly Night Robbery A Nightmare To Juba Residents

For one, Doki Farjala an elderly woman who lives in Mia Saba of Munuki, it is better to sleep hungry without the fear of armed robbers at night.

 Deadly Night Robbery A Nightmare To Juba Residents
Doki Farjala submitting citizens' security concerns and recommendations to the minister of interior Michael Chiengjiek Geay early this month [Photo by Jale Richard]

By Jale Richard

JUBA, 20 October 2017 [Gurtong]-Farjala is one of many residents of Juba who dread deadly night robberies. Since the outbreak of the civil war in 2013, Juba has been a scene of insecurity characterized by gunshots, armed robbery, rape, murder and intimidation, allegedly committed by unknown gunmen.

“Children have become criminals. If children have become like this, what is the use of giving birth to them? At least we would not have given birth to them,” she said early this month after submitting recommendations about citizens’ security concerns to the Minister of Interior, Michael Chiengjiek Geay.

In December last year, security forces from different security sectors jointly worked to secure Juba city, collect unauthorized weapons, protect the civil population, and apprehend criminals.

The move was seen successful by the citizens. However, the security plan was not sustained to date, paving way for upsurge of crimes in the residential areas, a report about a security survey conducted by South Sudan Network for Democratic Elections (SSUNDE) in March this year indicate.

According to the survey report, the citizens recommend that the night patrols by security forces to reach to residential areas; install additional streetlights and reactivate 777emergency system, pay security forces in time so that they do not harass civilians, provide new uniforms with name tags and personnel service numbers to all security personnel and ban all uniforms currently being abused, investigate and prosecute illegal activities by traffic police officers.

“This country is now finished,” Farjala said. “Children have become criminals, soldiers even have become thieves, government also became thief,” she said.

The elderly woman said government should take care of the children by providing them education because they are the future of the country.

“Women are tired of struggling. You do a lot of things just to feed your family and at night robbers come and take everything, there are some people who sleep with tea only without eating food,” she said.

“There are a lot of criminals if you are going on the road with your bag, they will come and take it by force. Where is the government? Let the government maintain law and order,” she said.

There is an upsurge of crimes over the past two months in Juba. Armed robberies at night many of which lead to the killing of the victims if they show any resistance, as Paul Tombe, a resident of Kator said.

“We are afraid when the night comes, because they (robbers) come and break doors, and ask for money. If you resist they kill you,” he said.

Tombe said a lot of armed robbery in the area in the last month forced some residents to relocate to places they think are safe.

Last month, two people in Gudele were killed by armed robbers at night and a woman wounded. The next morning police arrested seven members of the organized forces suspected to be part of the robbery.

In Gurei residential area west of Gudele, over the last week, criminals robbed and killed a business man. Several suspects were arrested by the police.

President Salva Kiir while meeting members of the police, prisons, fire brigade, and wildlife last month criticized some of the organized forces for being involved in criminal activities. He said they sell their uniforms to the criminals which are used for robbing the people.

The police spokesperson brigadier Daniel Justine Buolo early this month said even if there is a spate of crimes, the joint operation by the organized forces is managing to bring down the rate of crimes in Juba.

The joint operation divided Juba in to five sectors to allow coordination of response and management of crimes. Since its establishment during festive season last year, it succeeded in preventing crimes and building citizens’ confidence in the organized forces especially in the early months of this year. However with the increase in crime rates recently, citizens want more from the security forces.

Rajab Mohandis, SSUNDE’s executive director said the interventions should be pursued, strengthened, sustained and expanded to cover more areas in Juba and other areas in the country.

For Farjala, until citizens sleep without the fear of night robberies, they will not have peace of mind.

“We are tired. Juba is now spoiled. Even if you are angry at least you have to sleep in peace,” she said.


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