South Sudan: Government Troops Continued Attacks In Unity State!
Oct 7, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Latest reports from Unity state’s Rubkona County confirm resumption of intense fighting at Dhorchieng Lokjak [Ngop] in Rupkotni County yesterday morning.
According to military spokesman of SPLA-IO, Col. William Gatjiak, government troops attacked their position at 8:30 Am at Dhorchieng Lokja village “in search of food and territorial gain”, however, the rebels claim to have repulsed the troops towards Nhialdiu.
“The fighting lasted for 1 hour and after all, freedom fighters repulse them to Nhialdieu where they had previously planned their attack.” Col. Gatjiath states.
In addition to attacks in Ngop [Dhorchieng Lokjak] Payam, Col. Gatjiath believes that the government troops also attacked their positions at 2pm in Gezirra, Buoitong Boma, in western part of Rubkona County.
“While fighting was on in Ngop area, they also launched other attack on our base at Gezirra, Buoitong Boma, the western part of Rupkotni at 2PM but at last, the SPLA-IO forces taught them a good lesson that they will never forget in their lives.” Gatjiath said.
The armed opposition holds Juba accountable for violating the recently signed peace agreement and continuation of war in the country which displaces civil population and scars off humanitarian assistance.
The opposition calls on IGAD-Plus and partners to take serious actions on the government side for continuing war at the expense of peace in the country.
“We are again calling immediate action from IGAD plus, AU and International community to send down their verification team to know exactly what does Kiir and his echelon wants beside this compromised peace agreement that mends to rescue the citizens from this unwanted situation.” He said.
Notwithstanding that President Kiir refused to sign the peace agreement on time, government officials organized anti-peace rallies and prepared “reservations” document as prerequisites to sign the agreement, 9 days later.
In spite of new confrontations, Salva Kiir has announced 28 new states, created from the current ten states to be implemented from next month, a call that many South Sudanese and partners strongly object as “unilateral and unconstitutional”.
Many analysts, who cite both the Transitional Constitution and the recently signed CPA-II fear that Kiir has no power to order creation of states in the country.
Within the last one weeks the warring factions of SPLA have fought in Leer and Koch counties of Unity state as the government troops took on the “Arrow Boys” in Mundri, Maridi and Yambio.
South Sudan returned to deadly civil war in 2011 following a political rift within the ruling party, SPLM, fitting forces loyal to Dr. Riek Machar, the First Vice President, against local and foreign troops fighting on president Salva Kiir’s side.