SPLA-IO Military Chief Warns Against Dr. Machar’s Arrival On the 18th Amid Fresh Militarizations of the Capital
April 11, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– Despite the arrival of SPLA-IO troops and programmed arrival of Dr. Riek Machar Teny, South Sudan’s First Vice President, the C-In-C and the chairman of the armed Opposition, the Chief of General Staff for SPLA (IO) warns that his command-in-chief may not travel as planned.
Speaking in Pagak South Sudan, the Chief of General Staff, 1st. Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, has warned against new militarization of South Sudan’s capital, Juba.
Confirmed by SPLM/SPLA sources in Juba, the Chief of General Staff, Paul Malong Awan, has sneaked in a large number of untrained dinka militias within the last two days leaving the opposition to wonder if Salva Kiir has full control of his troops.
According to SPLM committee chairman for information and public relations, Mabior Garang de Mabior, the IO strongly condemns this new militarization and calls for immediate withdrawal of the new militia.
“It has also come to the attention of the SPLM/SPLA leadership, that lorries of trucks have arrived this evening in Juba in violation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS).” Mabior said.
On top of militarization of Juba, SPLA-IG Chief of General Staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, has ordered new attacks on oppositions’ strongholds in Bhar el Ghazal and Equatoria, and issued new hate speech against the SPLM/SPLA-IO chairman.
In response, SPLM/SPLA-IO calls for Gen. Malong to cease violations of the agreement and continuation of war in Western Bhar el Ghazal.
“In addition, the CoGs has commandeered several helicopters and has been attacking cantoment areas of the SPLM/SPLA (in Opposition) in Western Bhar el Ghazal” Mabior said.
The SPLM/SPLA further decries Malong’s recent remarks against the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, calling him anti-peace and unacceptable.
“The SPLM/SPLA (in Opposition) also condemns the statement of the CoGS condemning the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan(ARCISS), and his vow to never accept the First Vice President Designate, Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, acting as president in the absence of the President – Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit. These statements and aggressive posturing by the CoGS are becoming a threat to the implementation of the ARCISS and are a threat to national security in the Republic of South Sudan” Mabior said.
According to SPLM/SPLA leadership, Machar will not travel to Juba as planned until the SPLA(IO) deploys enough troops in and outside the capital.
Gen. Gatwech Dual said enough troops will first be deployed at a distance of 25 kms outside Juba before Dr. Riek Machar travels to Juba, which may take an estimate of another three weeks.
SPLM/SPLA further accuses Salva Kiir of lacking control of his army and militia for failing to control generals like Malong and Mathew Puljang compared to Dr. Riek Machar who relieved some of his hot-tempered generals for standing against peace agreement (CPA-II).
“The SPLM/SPLA (in Opposition) is deeply concerned by the lack of command and control in the forces of the government, demonstrated by the insubordination of CoGS towards the Commander in Chief of the Government Forces – Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit.” Reads part of SPLM/SPLA-IO statements extended to Nyamilepedia.
“SPLM/SPLA(in Opposition) would like to inform the people of South Sudan, the region and the world of our apprehension in light of the imminent return of the First Vice President Designate to Juba – on the 18/04/2016” Mabior clarifies.
SPLM/SPLA (IO) reiterates that their forces will fight in self-defense if provoked. The opposition also calls on Kiir to outwit all hardliners in his government for peace to hold.
“The ARCISS is currently the popular will of the people of South Sudan, and a few negative elements cannot be allowed to derail the peace process” Mabior adds.
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