Why The Government Forces Are Besieging and Attacking OTUHO Villages in Eastern Equatoria State (EES)
Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A-IO),
Hitu, South Sudan
March 15, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- This morning, at around 4:00 am South Sudan Local Time, Government forces composed of one ethnic group deliberately sieged the OTUHO villages of Allanga (Ollongo), Chalamini, Hiyala, Ilieu, Loming and Tuhubak to extend their policy of paying soldiers by raiding cattle, destroying properties, looting and burning villages and raping women.
The deliberate siege of these villages is also intended to intimidate, suppress and annihilate the OTUHO people from challenging the Government of South Sudan for causing the potential and imminent disintegration and collapse of South Sudan.
The siege is further to ignite another deliberate civilian massacre this time of OTUHO people and to fulfil government total opposition to and rejection of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCISS), as the Government of South Sudan continues to intentionally deny the presence of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A-IO) forces in Eastern Equatoria State (EES).
While the government forces has the luxury to systematically terrorise and attack our people, and to committing gross and egregious human rights abuses, including forced disappearances, extrajudicial arrests and killings, sexual violence, massive population displacements, destruction of livelihoods, properties and food crops, as well as raiding of cattle, it must be reminded that the OTUHO people did not die for the liberation of South Sudan (1955-1972; 1983-2011) to entertain these and the substitution of one autocratic and authoritarian oppressor by another.
The OTUHO people will also not entertain the destruction of South Sudan by the same government that is increasingly relying on rape and looting as payment for military service, since it has completely exhausted its internal and international borrowing limit and hence has run out of money to finance the war and mere government services.
We therefore call upon our people all over South Sudan not to believe the government propaganda that its forces are amassing in Eastern Equatoria State (EES) to fight cattle raiders, while at same time raiding our cattle, destroying our livelihood and starving our people to death. We also call upon the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD), IGAD-Plus Partner Group, the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to warn the government not to once again commit another massacre this time in name of fighting cattle raiders, as opposed to the Juba massacre, in the name of a coup attempt.
Colonel Oliwa Mario Bertino,
Spokesperson, SPLM/A-IO, Eastern Equatoria State (EES)