‘Rebels of Riek Machar Killed Civilians in Maar And Now Planning Attacks on Malakal, Bentiu and Tharjiath Oil-fields’ ~ Kiir’s Speech
Nov 18, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Addressing the parliament today in a long awaited speech to the nation, president Salva Kiir blamed his main rival, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, for attacks on civilians in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states.
While calling on his government officials to accept peace and prepare to welcome a delegation of the armed opposition and members of the exiled politicians [FDs], president Salva Kiir claimed the rebels are simultaneously planning attacks across Upper Nile and Unity States as they prepare to dispatch over 500 senior politicians and military generals to government held areas.
“In the meantime, we are also expecting the arrival of the Advance Teams of SPLM/SPLA-IO and Former Detainees(FD) in Juba as a measure of trust and confidence building among ourselves after several months of conflict and hostilities since December 15th, 2013.” Kiir said in a speech he was to deliver last Thursday.
To president Salva Kiir, it is unfortunate that his government works extremely hard to welcome the rebels, exiled politicians and IGAD heads of states and governments yet “the rebels of Riek Machar” are busy attacking the government positions in Greater Upper Nile
“Unfortunately, as your Government is seriously engaged in the preparation for the reception and welcoming of the IGAD heads of States and Governments, our brothers in the opposition led by Riek Machar are busy attacking our towns and SPLA positions in the Greater Upper Nile.” said the president.
“On Sunday November 15th, 2015, the Rebels of Rieck Machar attacked Maar in Jonglei State and 23 people were killed. And the following day they attacked Nhial Diu in Unity State. As I speak the rebels are planning attacks on Malakal, Tharjiath, Bentiu, Rubkhona, Guit, Leer and Paan Akuach” Kiir pronounced.
According to residents of Maar village, at least 23 people were killed and a few others left wounded in a cattle raid on Friday in Twice East county.
Maar, which lies in a government held territory, has witnessed multiple attacks from the neighboring Murle tribes in the last few months.
Although the president focused mostly on security and reviving the economy, he failed to address the ongoing conflict in Eastern and Western Equatoria states.
Local initiatives to resolve the grudges between the army and local population have collapsed.
For the last two days, the two sides have been engaged in heavy battles in Ezo and Ikotos counties of Western and Eastern Equatoria.