South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has criticized his soldiers and police for taking advantage of the vulnerable during a crisis which has plagued the country since 2013.
Bloomberg news agency reports that he accused them of robbing and killing civilians.
“Shame on you – you are the custodians of the law,” Kiir told a police conference Thursday in the capital, Juba, decrying acts by law enforcement and army officers he said had forced people to flee the country.
In Juba, “people are still being killed in their homes at night,” he said. “By day-time they are soldiers and by night they are criminals.”
South Sudan became independent in 2011 but has been hit by a civil war since 2013.
The conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives and forced more than 4 million people from their homes.
The world’s newest country is embroiled in a more than four-year civil war that’s claimed tens of thousands of lives and forced more than 4 million people from their homes. There’s been an upsurge in armed robberies and killings in Juba in the past year, with witnesses often blaming men in uniform.
The United Nations has repeatedly accused the army of atrocities including the rape and killings of civilians.