Government Forces Continue with Ceasefire Violation in Equatoria region despite Permanent Cease-Fire Declaration

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Aftermath of fighting in the town of Malakal, South Sudan in 2014.

September 13, 2015 (Nyamilepedia) – Government forces Loyal to President Salva Kiir have been accused of continuing with attacks on opposition bases in Equatoria region despite a peace agreement and a week long declaration of permanent ceasefire by leaders from both sides.

Several rebel bases belonging to the South Sudan Armed Opposition in Central and Western Equatoria were attacked since last week, attacks still continued until today according to rebel commanders in the region who warn such continues violations of the ceasefire could lead to unravelling of the peace agreement.

Government soldiers believed to be taking orders from Army chief of staff Gen. Paul Malong today attacked opposition bases in Lainya county of Central Equatoria today and also in Maridi county Western Equatoria.

Gen. Paul Malong is one of the generals on the government side who have rejected the peace agreement and prefers continuation of the civil war, he’s believed to be behind several attacks on opposition bases despite a permanent ceasefire that was declared by president Salva Kiir.

The village of Wonduruba was on saturday again attacked and thousands civilians have been displace while many have fled into the bush for fear of attacks by government soldiers who are reported to be attacking civilians for unclear reasons yet to be understood, however rebel commanders say it’s frustration with loses that government soldiers faced from the rebels during the weekend which caused the government side to attack civilians as a form of retaliation.

The villages of Katigiri, Mengelle and Mankaro have been attacked by the government soldiers who according to locals in the villages spoke in Dinka language indicating they are from Bahr El Ghazal.

Houses in the village of Katigari, Mengelle and Mankaro have been burned down while properties have been looted, farmers say there farms have also been destroyed, More than 4000 civilians have now fled into the bushes as of today with nothing and no food to eat.

A church leader in Lainya said there was a humanitarian catastrophy developing in the county of Lainya and especially in Wonduruba Payam were thousands have been displaced from their homes.

“We need international help, the people have nothing to eat and have all fled into the bush, their farms have been destroy,” Said church worker Peter Lasuba.

“Where is peace which was signed….. who will protect us when the same soldiers are now killing the population? who can we run to now please…. we need this to stop now not tomorrow,” Added the church worker.

Government forces clashed with armed opposition fighters in the county after government soldiers attacked bases in attempts to gain grounds and capture rebel territories, however rebels fighters repulsed the government attacks killing dozens of soldiers and destroying several vehicles, this is believed to have angered government forces who then turned on civilians in the nearby villages accusing them of supporting rebels.

Despite President Salva Kiir declaring a Permanent Cease-fire as required by the IGAD peace agreement, government soldiers have continued to attack rebel bases first in Upper Nile, Unity and last week extended their attacks on bases in Equatoria region, rebel fighters said they have fought back in self defense but have not moved forward to attack government bases.

The SPLM-IO officials say they have already raised the government violations of the permanent ceasefire with the IGAD mediation and awaiting action from IGAD to restrain the government to avoid return to wide spread fighting.

A workshop on ceasefire and security arrangements have started in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Saturday 12th and is expected to last for a week, the workshop will discuss the ceasefire mechanism, Assembly and cantonment, formation of joint commands in major towns, formation of join ceasefire monitoring body, demilitarization of Juba and deployment of joint Police forces in Juba, Bor, Malakal and Bentui.

 

 

 

 

 

11 comments

  • Our rural areas are safe and i think they should not accept any propaganda from the so-called SPLM-IO because it is not for US at all.

  • steveo

    F**** this, give the people of Wanduruba guns and let the defend them self, sick of this government attacking civilians

    • That is a old picture of Bentiu in 2014.

    • Tolio

      This is all propaganda. The government soldiers are not that stupid to attack civilians and avoid the rebels.

      If you read this article carefully, you will notice that the writer did not quote anyone specifically. All the author did is paraphrasing what should have been factual attributions to sources such as authorities or civilian eyewitnesses that the news media journalist might have spoken to during news gathering interviews.This clue alone should have told you that the credibility of this article is in doubt and that the writer may have invented this story to manipulate your mind and there is no doubt that the aim of this writer has succeeded in making you angry and believe that the allegations made against the government soldiers are true. This is why you responded to this article with profanity because you are incredulous and the news drives you mad.

      The other reason that is apparently behind this article is a deliberate negative campaign designed to tarnish the image of government soldiers as brutal people to citizens of those places that were allegedly attacked by those soldiers and that rebel forces are the alternative.

      Another goal is to depict the government forces as violators of the current ceasefire and to publicize General Malong Awan at home, regionally and internationally as the most atrocious person to civillians in those areas and the enemy of the peace in South Sudan whose government he blongs to and himself should be targets to travel bans, crimes against humanity, arms embargoes, ethnic cleansing, financial and assets freezers that work in favor of these lying rebels who are brutal, power hungry and tribally prejudice.

      • GatNor

        Confused between who the good guys are eh. I don’t blame you. Let me help you, they are SPLMs fighting dogs. As citizens the freedom fighters are the good guys. Juba is full of bad guys who violates agreements. The evidences of the atrocities are massive and are out there as you seem to imply that you know what the writer(author) has not cited what you know as facts.. Move along propaganda is good depending on who you are cheering on to be the winner. You can’t stand on two boats that have different objectives. Diss one group and hail the other. Your last sentence scoldingredients the good guys make you sound like a confused retard. It’s nothing personal. Just saying.

  • That is why Paul Malong is going to be sanctioned today 15/9/2015 by UN Security council

  • We are really very sorry due to the fact the what so call government of SPLA Juba keeping violation the agreement. To my view of understanding the government is to protect civilian properties rather than making distraction.

    • Mark Tiger Lomu'ding

      Their fellow stupid Bahar El-Gazal Dinkas, just Tell this Stupid General Malong of yours that, Let Him play all these WAR Mongers practices with Nuers and its Ends there because its their cultures always. But the way he is Now trying to do the same to this part of CE, he is Likely coming to an End of His Tribal Matiang Anyor and Galweng that will properly Park and Burn to Everlasting Lives in these Territories of my Beloved Land Wonduruba/Mengele/Mankaro and Katigiri. you Dinkas known us very well during the former struggle by then what we have done to some of your Tribes in the same behaviors. Let this Malong of yours Just Think more and more of the same otherwise he is NOW digging his own Grave-yards which his Tribal Dinkas will Never Ever forget the History for Live. So if you thinks this is just a Jock of Cowards writing, then just continuous by doing so. we are planning and preparing to do what we can do and batter to dead all in this regards so that, Let your Dinka President do what he can do if he belief that its you Dinkas brought him to power.

    • What do you do when rebels use civilians as the human shield in order to win. There is no other choice if people hid rebels in their homes to attack arm forces.

  • w

    peace is not disple. and were is the peace

  • I am really sorry with SPLA Juba, what they are doing is shameful when the purpose is to loot civilian properties rather than protecting them. SPLA is un dip line army. We blame the foundation of the army after the signing of peace.