Gov’t: No Additional Arms And No More Forces For SPLM/A-IO To Juba
April 19, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- The Government of the Republic of South Sudan says that it will not in position to accept any additional armament for delivery to SPLA-IO in Juba neither will it accept additional forces to the SPLA-IO in Juba, South Sudan Minister of Information and Broadcasting
Michael Makuei Lueth has said in a press statement.
Minister Makuei also objects to the military size of the SPLA-IO prescribed in agreement saying the number of the SPLA-IO force to be stationed in Juba is limited to only 1500 as Joint Integrated Police (JIP) with their light rifles.
In a counter-argument, James Gatdet Dak, official spokesperson in the office of the Chairman and C-in-C of SPLM/SPLA says the Government of South Sudan has reversed the agreement signed in August 2015; further sating the agreed number of SPLM/SPLA-IO forces to be in Juba is 2,910, not 1,370 as the Minister misquote.
“President Salva Kiir’s administration should understand that the number of the SPLA-IO’s forces required to be deployed in Juba is 2,910 in total, and not the initial 1,370 only,” James Gatdet Dak strongly responded.
“Hence, the argument in Juba that the SPLA-IO should not bring in more soldiers or weapons is a misguided complaint…even if we were to bring in to Juba the types of weapons they also possess inside and around the national capital,” continued James Gatdet.
Michael Makuei alleges that Machar, as First Vice President designate, is not committed to implementing the agreement since he has failed to come to Juba a number of times while the Government has done everything to facilitate him. He reiterates the government’s commitment to welcome Machar.
“The Government of the Republic of South Sudan welcomes Dr. Riek Machar, the First Vice President designate and calls upon him to respect and abide by his commitment and come to Juba with his civilian supporting staff and take up his assignment,” reads part of the statement.
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On the coming SPLM/A-IO Chief of General Staff 1st Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, the Minister says the Government is ready to welcome him to Juba as long as he comes with only 40 of his forces to complete SPLM/A-IO 1500 forces required to be stationed in Juba.
“The Government of the Republic of South Sudan welcomes the SPLM/S-IO Chief of General Staff with 40 of his forces to complete the SPLM/A-IO forces in Juba. JMEC shall approve their armament and verified by CTSAMM,” clarified Makuei.
“They should not therefore object to the transportation from Pagak via Gambella by air of additional troops or bodyguards of both the South Sudan’s First Vice President, Chairman and C-in-C of SPLM/SPLA (IO), Dr. Riek Machar, and the Chief of General Staff, 1st Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual. Even if their number reached 1,500, it would have been still in compliance with the required SPLA-IO troops in Juba per the security arrangements…The government should therefore stop wasting time and give landing permit (clearance) for the plane which will carry the Chief of General Staff, the bodyguards and their weapons…unless the administration is not committed to peace.” Gatdet fired back to Minister’s statement.
Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual is expected to arrive Juba first in order to receive his chairman but Dual and Machar could both arrive simultaneously given the current circumstance of things in pagak.