South Sudan: SPLM Condemns Government Attacks On Civilians in Equatoria
Sept 17, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Latest reports from South Sudan’s Greater Equatoria region indicate growing tension between the civil population and government troops in multiple areas in the three states of Equatoria.
Multiple sources reiterate that tension between the troops and civil populations remains high in Maridi, Mundri, Jambo, Lui and Wunduruba payam.
According to SPLM/SPLA sources, Salva Kiir’s government has continued violating the ceasefire agreement that president Salva Kiir recently signed in Juba, South Sudan.
The armed opposition expresses concerns that the regime has attacked civilians in Wunduruba payam, and calls on Salva Kiir leadership to respect the agreement.
“We have been receiving disturbing reports of ongoing ceasefire violations by soldiers of Salva Kiir. They have continued to attack our bases in Wunduruba payam at Lainya county while at the same time targeting civilians in the area.” said James Gatdet Dak, the spokesman of SPLM/SPLA Chairman,
According to James Gatdet, many civilians have been killed and tens of thousands more are displaced by the government troops in Western Equatoria state.
“Soldiers of Salva Kiir on September 16 also went on rampage by attacking civilians in Mundri county of Western Equatoria state.” Gatdet said.
The Spokesman also confirms attacks on civilians in Jambo and Lui, reiterating that Salva Kiir troops looted civilians’ property and burned down their tukuls in Lui and Jambo payams.
“They attacked civilians in Jambo and Lui areas, looting property and burning houses to ashes. We condemn this barbaric act by the regime.” Gatdet said.
The opposition believes that Salva Kiir’s regime is trying to capture territories under their control to be declared during an upcoming workshop which is expected to convene generals from both sides.
“The plan is to claim control of these areas so that their military team could declare them as their areas of control at the workshop on security arrangements in Addis Ababa.” he said.
“This is what the regime has been attempting in Unity and Upper Nile states in flagrant violation of the ceasefire agreement.” he continued.
The Opposition calls on IGAD to monitor and verify the violations and further urges the international community to “condemn the barbaric act by the Government”.
In other reports 176 people are confirmed dead at the scene in Maridi when an oil truck exploded as a crowd tried to gather fuel from the vehicle.