UNISFA establishes CPC north of Abyei Area

UNISFA Force Commander and Acting Head of mission Maj. General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr second (L) in the front row with UNISFA’s Police Commissioner Violet Nasambu Lusala in Kej/Diffra during the inauguration of the Community Protection Committee (CPC). | UNISFA Photo.

United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) inaugurated the first ever Community Protection Committee (CPC) system on Saturday in the northern sector of Abyei area.
The occasion which was attended by hundreds of people organized under the theme “Building & Capacity Rule of Law”.

According to statement seen by Abyei FM the system comprised of 161 volunteers including seven females was fully endorsed by traditional leadership and local administration.

The purpose of the newly established CPC is to enhance the rule of law in the absence of the Joint Abyei Police Service as provided for in the 20 June 2011 Agreement between the government of the Republic of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement on the Temporary Arrangement for the Administration and Security of Abyei.

UNISFA said it would immediately provide them appropriate basic policing education that would cover such areas as investigation, report writing, rights of detainees, search of suspects and initiative-taking policing.

Addressing the occasion UNISFA Acting Head of Mission and Force Commander, Major General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr, announced that the inauguration would be closely followed by strengthening of the criminal justice system by bringing on board courts such as traditional courts and other forms of courts within Municipal law to handle criminal matters reported at CPC stations.

He charged them to shun corruption, high-handedness, and brutality in the discharge of their duties.

General Sawyerr called on the traditional leadership, the local administration and the community members to accord the CPC full support and cooperation to enable them to discharge their duties for the benefit of the community, stressing that with the CPC in place, there will be effective collaboration on matters of the rule of law in the Northern Sector between UNISFA and the local community in curbing criminality.

He specially applauded the government of Sudan for accepting and authorizing the establishment of CPC in the northern sector.

Also, the first ever Temporary CPC Station was commissioned for Dari in Diffra during the occasion.

UNISFA Police Commissioner, Ms. Violet Nasambu Lusala in her remarks stated that the CPC would be the face of UN Police in enhancing rule of law in the community in the absence of Abyei Police Service, adding that where there is rule of law, there is no hatred or violence but love, peace, and development.

The Khartoum appointed Chief Administrator, Gumaa Dawood, applauded UNISFA’s resilience in ensuring the establishment of the CPC and said it was critical to peace and security in the area.

He called on the CPC members to be responsible and advocated for incentives for them since it was voluntary.

According to the statement, until recently, the CPC was only operational in the southern part of the Abyei Area despite sustained efforts by UNISFA and consistent appeals by successive UNISFA resolutions to also establish it in the Northern part of the Area.