President Salva Kiir of South Sudan put through an order last Friday. All top government officials must return their bodyguards from the Army. On July 28, the Council of Ministers met to discuss the president’s order which was approved by the end of the day.
Currently, only the police force is permitted to guard government officials. Minister Michael Makuei of Information said that the directive requires all constitutional post- holders to use only use the police for security detail.
Minister Makuei said, “Anybody with bodyguards from the SPLA [Sudan People’s Liberation Army] should surrender them immediately. Instead of using the army for protection, it should be released to perform its duties. All ministers and other officials are directed to act accordingly.”
The minister also stated that SPLA’s main duty is to protect the nation from foreign aggression.