South Sudan Government Begins Fresh Attacks On Rebels’ Cantonment Areas

An SPLA Tank captured at the front line by the members of SPLA-IO, the Freedom Fighters(Photo: file)

An SPLA Tank captured at the front line by the members of SPLA-IO, the Freedom Fighters(Photo: file)

Feb 08, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- Latest reports from South Sudan’s Upper Nile region confirm a full scale resumption of war in multiple areas in violation of a permanent ceasefire agreement signed by the warring parties last year.

According to reports from five of South Sudan’s ten states of Upper Nile, Unity, Jonglei, Western and Eastern Equatoria States, the main warring faction under President Salva Kiir has launched and prepares to launch more attacks on SPLA/SPLM (IO) strongholds.

Confirmed by James Gatdet Dak, the Spokesperson in SPLM/SPLA Chairman’s office, government troops have launched simultaneous attacks on Monday on SPLA-IO positions in Wedakona and Tubagiya, South of Malakal, in Upper Nile state.

“Government forces have on Monday attacked SPLA-IO military base at Deba in Wedakona area in Upper Nile state.” Said James Gatdet Dak, the spokesperson of SPLM/SPLA Chairman, Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

“Government forces also shelled our military camp in Tubagiya, south of Malakal on Monday.” Gatdet continued.

Gatdet confirms that the attacking government troops at Deba in Wedakona were repulsed and one soldier was captured alive by the SPLA-IO forces.

The spokesman also believes that another forces from the government garrisons based in Pariang have moved out from the county headquarters heading towards Tunga and Kodok with the aim to attack the SPLA-IO bases and designated cantonment locations in the areas.

Gatdet blames the government of Salva Kiir for continuing the war when the parties are committing to a peace agreement signed last year.

“This unprovoked aggression is a serious violation of the Permanent Ceasefire Agreement signed between the parties. These latest developments indicate that President Kiir’s government is not committed to the implementation of the Ceasefire and Security Arrangements.” Gatdet said.

“The government seems to be looking for a military option. SPLA-IO forces have been instructed to respect the Ceasefire Agreement and can only respond in self-defence when under attack.” he continued.

In Western and Eastern Equatoria states, SPLA-IO forces under the direct command of Maj.  General Wesley Welebe and Alfred Futiyo have accessed government troops of preparing attacking on their positions in Yambio and Mundri. The two counties have not sustained a meaningful peace in the areas for the last one year.

In other reports, South Sudan’s Chief of army, Gen. Paul Malong, who has been identified by the United Nations Security Council for violating the peace agreement, went to his home town of Aweil on Friday to graduate a new battalion of new recruits.

According to insiders’ reports, Malong graduated over 3500 of “Mathiang Ayoor” this weekend and immediately returned to Juba.

The Chief of army, who still holds the SPLM Chairman of Northern Bhar el Ghazal State, is reportedly amending relations with President Salva Kiir, Minister of Defense and other senior generals in the army. However, the general who has been actively recruiting new fighters is believed to be preparing for a new war to maintain a position he held for the last two years of war.

South Sudan government, under Salva Kiir, has invested over $ 1.5 billions US dollars in the war, according to Frontier Economics, Conflict Resolution (CECORE) and the Centre for Peace and Development Studies (CPDS) Cost of War Reports, within the last two years.

The government is believed to have bought at least 3 MI Jet fighters, tanks, ammunition and hired foreign firms to lobby against sanctions, arms embargo and travel bans of the senior generals and politicians conducting the war.

5 comments

  • Why James Gatdet Dak and is uncle Dr Riek Machar are complaining about malong new recruit to be integrated to SPLA ARMY to fight Riek Machar and is alliance forces , it is good Riek Machar and is brother son to train more soldiers to fight Salva Kiir Mayardit regime to get in quickly to the power , if they did n,t do that am sure they will not get to overthrow Kiir regime in Juba

  • Let the international community open their eyes on paul malong because he is supporting civi war which make the counry economics colapse and high lost of human live and properties. malong has no his own money to buy chemical weapon but is using money from south sudanese iol to buy weapon from advanced technology countries in order to proud himself as strong man while he is not a strong man.

  • I think Malong need to be deal with thoroughly Mr. President. South Sudan can not be intimidate by being chief of General. Wuya Deng had being working in that position but he never intimidated any one, including the president. the same tp James Hoth, he did the same. Those two gentlemen general has contributed seriously when we fought Khartoum, while Malong was struggled with “werawar’s money”.

    However, if he wanted to risk his life, while he has risk the lives of the youth of Awiel, let him try. He want to blindfold the people of Awiel for his selfish gain in order to win their heart[ [ people of Awiel]. be aware the international community is aware of your movements.

  • obed w

    more sanctions need to s.sudan may b salva kiir wil under stand how presidents do behave

  • Eastern Equatoria

    The people of South Sudan must be alert for those who wanted used our national army on their interest. If any war happen in Equatoria again,the Equatorian will not tolerate it again.