April 22, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– At least 320 commandos of SPLA in Opposition are expected to arrive in Juba accompanying Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon today, April 23, 2016.
According to Amb. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of SPLM/SPLA in Opposition, the 320 soldiers will arrive in two groups accompanying the Chief of General Staff of SPLA-IO and the Former Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar.
“The Chief of General Staff of SPLA (IO) 1st. Lt. General Simon Gatwech Dual and 125 other soldiers with their organic weapons are scheduled to arrive Juba at 10:00 AM April 23, 2016.” Lol said.
“The rest of the remaining 195 soldiers with their organic weapons will come after that.” Lol continued.
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Dr. Riek is expected to arrive as scheduled by JMEC and members of the international community today at 1pm.
“The First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Dr Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon is scheduled to arrive Juba April 23, 2016 at 1:00 PM sharp.” He said.
The armed opposition calls on the citizens to come out to welcome Machar, who will be sworn in as the First Vice President upon his arrival.
“The peace loving people of South Sudan are asked to come out and welcome His Excellency Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon peacefully.” Lol said.
In what was seen as a delaying tactic, South Sudan government created several stumbling blocks in the last five days obstructing Machar’s arrival between April 18 to April 22nd.
Trying to maximize its advantage, Salva Kiir government demanded that Machar should return to the capital accompanied by less than 40 soldiers, a demand they later switched to limited number of weapons and thorough investigation of their returning rivals.