Breaking News: Fresh Fighting In Western Equatoria As Machar Returns To Juba

A unite of SPLA [Juba] leave Juba for deployment on Nov 23, 2015(Photo: supplied)

A unite of SPLA [Juba] leave Juba for deployment on Nov 23, 2015(Photo: supplied)

April 04, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– Latest reports from Lanyi, Mundri East County of South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state confirmed a heavy fighting between the SPLA-IO and SPLA-Juba this evening.

According to reliable sources in the area, the government forces attacked the armed opposition loyal to the incoming First Vice President, Riek Machar, over cantonment areas in Mundri.

Speaking on behave of the commander of SPLA-IO forces in Mundri, Girma Apaya, reported to Nyamilepedia that the attack was launched at the order of  the Governor of “Amadi State”, Mr. Joseph Nyere Pachico, with intent to prevent the SPLA-IO forces from establishing cantonment sites in the area.

“The main reason behind the fighting was to prevent SPLA IO forces assembling in cantonment areas as ordered by the Governor of Amadi State Mr. Joseph Nyere Pachico.” Said Apaya.

“The SPLA Juba forces which was based in Lanyi, these afternoon at around 3:00 pm was deployed to enter  the cantonment site of SPLA IO forces in Singiriwa and to bombard and  shell the location of the SPLA IO forces with heavy artilleries that can result in many lost of lives for both civilians and SPLM-IO forces in the area.” Apaya continued.

Apaya reiterates that the heavy fighting went on for more than two hours before it came to subside.

Speaking to East African Press, the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, admits that the government is still attacking their positions in Equatoria and Bhar el Ghazal region over cantonment areas, however, he is willing to return to Juba to resolve the matter with President Salva Kiir.

“For instance, the government is still fighting our forces in Equatoria and Bahr-el-Ghazal. These are not violations but a deliberate plan to force our forces out of these two regions and to show that we never had a presence there. ” Dr. Riek said.

According to SPLA-IO military intelligence in the area, fighting may resume in the morning, April 5th, as planned.

Apaya believes the new governor for Kiir’s Amanda state has met with the army forces commander in Western Equatoria two days ago and agreed to launch a new war in Western Equatoria, mostly in Mundri and Buagyi villages to claim the areas from the rebels.

“Two days ago Mr. Joseph Nyere ordered the deployment of SPLA Juba forces to Buagyi center and the reason for deployment of those forces  was very simple to attack all  villages in Buagyi and chase all local population bushes for their lives.” Said Mr. Apaya.

“The government army force Commander intended this evening in Lanyi to call for a rally with his forces that there shall plan for massive operations tomorrow April 5 2016.On his speech in the rally ,the  commander clearly stated that anyone who crosses around their sight must smell bullet in the pretext that they are SPLA IO rebels.” he continued.

To SPLM/SPLA-IO, the recent attacks on their forces in Equatoria and Bhar el Ghazal are clear violations of the permanent ceasefire and compromise peace agreement that JMEC must take very seriously.

“We called upon JMEC and the international community to take Note of these violations seriously and we request that measures be taken against the commander of the forces in Greater Mundri  and the governor of Amadi State Mr. Joseph Nyere Pachico.” Apaya said.

According to Apaya their forces are respecting the permanent ceasefire agreement and will not attack the government forces but he pledges their forces must fight in self-defense when provoked.

“The forces have assembled as per the terms of agreement awaiting verification by CTSAMM but will fight in self defense once provoked by the government forces.” he concludes.

5 comments

  • Bol Gatjang

    Why the government under president kiir still committed this atrocities while we are at peace? This annihilation must stop for what so called TGoNU formation in the country.

  • Gatdarwich

    The highly incompetent-power-hungry-greedy-gluttonous-traitorous Killer Nyankiir and the lunatics-fanatics Jenges Council of Evils are undeniably hell bent to kill the August 2015, peace agreement–by implementing, and executing provocative measures against the Freedom Fighters–SPLA-IO.
    The recent deployment of the mightiest SPLA-IO snipers to their backyard–Juba is indisputably making the treacherous Jenges uncontrollably farting toxic chemicals in Juba.
    To hell with the traitorous coward Jenges period

  • JOHN YOAL CHUOL

    those jealous for possible peace will be condemn by Almighty God because is better to have little with peace then having more with out peace like what is panning right now by some individual people who want to become rich after when they killed people.God will not allow such a devil plan

  • Gale Force

    The killers and the blood suckers will not give peace a chance as they are calculating their looted money per hr on operations.Almighty GOD is watching them closely and will put this suffering on innocence civilians to any end and the devil hearted people will perish.

  • GatNor

    Oh, please, give it a rest. Peace, what peace? There was never any peace signed; it was only a cecession of hostilities agreement signed as per the language and of its nature of implementation. Other than that, JMEC charged with implementation of ceccession of hostilities is not at liberty to argue peace violations. Cessation of hostilities is a pre-condition for peace to be brought to the staged show but Juba-faction of warlords Kiir has not move beyond accepting any halt to hostilities. The question lies in Juba-Faction’s commitment to the agreement. Without swiftly moving to discipline Juba’s warlords, peace will hang in balance until tensions escalates into armed confrontations and as we all know, Juba, the capital is militerized nicely. Take a guest what will happens next.