South Sudan Government Accused of Continuing War In Upper Nile
Sept 4, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Despite the signing of Compromise Peace Agreement, Juba is believed to be “playing smart” by signing a “sell-out” peace agreement with “reservations” but continuing to fight on with everything in its disposal.
Following the signing of CPA-II, Juba dispatched its barges and gunboats to attack rebels’ positions along the river Nile in the three states of Greater Upper Nile and at the same time began aerial bombardments in Shilluck Kingdom using gunships.
As confirmed in the September 3rd Daily press briefing by the office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Stéphane Dujarric, South Sudan government bombarded areas on the west Bank of river Nile on August 31, September 1 and 2.
“In response to questions that were asked at the briefing on the situation in South Sudan, I can say that the UN Mission [in South Sudan] (UNMISS) is reporting that two attack helicopters were firing rockets in the direction of the west bank of the River Nile in Malakal in Upper Nile State yesterday.” Mr. Stéphane Dujarric said in his briefing.
Juba has also been shelling areas near Malakal on the West Bank which are controlled by the Opposition.
“Heavy explosions, including mortar shells, as well as heavy artillery and small arms fire were also heard coming from Malakal towards areas located on the west bank. UNMISS also reports instances of firing in Malakal earlier today.” Dujarric continued.
According to Brig. Gen Nyagwal Ajak Dengkak, Spokesman of Agwelek forces and advisor to Division One Commander for the rebels, Maj. Gen. Johnson Olony, government gunships have bombarded Lelo, Wajwok, Makal and Ditang villages on the West Bank of River Nile in the last four days.
After displacing the population in Lelo, Salva Kiir’s forces are believed to have moved four tanks into Lelo village yesterday evening in attempt to take over areas on the West bank that have been occupied by Agwelek forces since March, 2014.
“After yesterday evening intensive bombardments in Lelo, Wajwok, Makal and Ditang villages, SPLA Kiir government forces crossed their troops to Lelo village opposite Malakal west bank of White Nile River to occupy Agwelek Division position that controlled Lelo since March 2014.” Brig. Gen. Nyagwal said.
“Also, SPLA crossed four(4) military tanks to Lelo village late evening yesterday in order to establish their permanent base. They are making a lot of destruction and firing heavy weapons intensively to Shilluck villages around the area” He continued.
Nyagwal announces that the SPLA-IO and Agwelek forces in Shilluck Kingdom are facing a full scale war from from Kiir’s forces and allied militias from Sudan’s Nuba Mountain known as SPLA-North.
“In addition to this Kiir government forces have mobilized SPLA forces from Unity State, supported by SPLA-N as usual on their way coming to attack Shilluck villages from Tonga to do genocides and ethnic cleansing to Shilluck population including the IDPs displaced from Malakal since war started” Nyagwal said.
The spokesman and advisor to a General, who allied with Kiir’s government for nearly two years, calls on the International Community, United States, United Nations and other independent actors to impose arms embargo to stop Salva Kiir’s government from obtaining gunships and helicopters to bombard civilians and positions of the opposition.
“We are appealing to International Community, US Barack Obama, UN Secretary General and other Human Rights Organizations to stop Kiir for using gunships/ jet fighters bombing Shilluck Kingdom, mostly innocent civilians being killed after peace is signed, although Kiir signed it to avoid actions against him but continue with his agenda as if he did not sign any peace deal at all” Nyagwal said.
In Juba, Salva Kiir and his officials have convened military generals to brief them on the decision of President Gen. Kiir to sign an imposed Compromise Deal despite protests and “reservations” against it.
Although the UN Mission in South Sudan has confirmed the violations of Permanent Ceasefire Agreement and condemns the government for renewing offensive after signing the agreement, the supper powers, IGAD nations, AU and partners are yet to frame their effective strategies that will prevent the warring warlords from violating the recently signed peace agreement.
The United Nations Security Council is expected to meet at the request of the United States to come up with possible actions on South Sudan on Friday, September 5th, 2015.