Secret Arming of Civilians in South Sudan’s Capital.
April 24, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– While Salva Kiir government cleared Dr. Machar’s return with his body guards for an arrival on Monday, members of Kiir’s Dinka ethnic group exposed what they believe was an overnight armament of civilians on Saturday and Sunday night in Juba.
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A resident of Juba, who identified himself as Dengdit, went public on social media this morning claiming that members of his Dinka ethnic group were armed on Saturday night and expected more armament on Sunday night as South Sudan’s opposition leader was to arrive in the capital on Monday afternoon.
“Dinka distributed Guns home to home among ourselves at night on Saturday and will repeat today Sunday night.” Dengdit said.
Coinciding with the ongoing evacuation of Dinka Padang from Juba to Malakal, Dengdit claims that he was asked to evacuate his wife and two children from Juba as soon as possible.
“I am a poor Dinka but I was told to evacuate my Wife and her 2 children as urgent as all Dinka wives and children leaving Juba.” He said.
“I do not support killing Equatorians, Nuer, Chollo and Murle again after December 15, 2013 killing of Nuer tribe.” Dengdit said.
Confirming the allegations, Awang John, a resident of Tongping suburb who identified himself as a member of National security said that no guns were distributed to civilians but to members of national security, who work in civilians clothes while carrying only pistols.
“Yes but this is a regular exercise. National security are not suppose to carry kalashnikovs during the day. They keep them in stores but if there is any major threat they get back their guns. This is what happens” Awan said on Sunday afternoon.
While many South Sudanese are hopeful that Machar’s return will restore peace and stability, others are fleeing the country either to the north or southward to Uganda and Kenya.
When Machar was expected to arrive last week, Citizens were cautioned to stay indoors and only watch Machar’s inauguration on their televisions, if they are lucky to have one.
Other organizations including UNMISS also restricted movements of their members in Juba especially around areas where SPLM/SPLA-IO leader was likely to visit on his return.
Since the beginning of the year 2016 over 50 thousands South Sudanese have fled the country over food insecurity but others have been intentionally evacuated from Juba by the new government of Eastern (Upper) Nile to the ghost towns of Malakal, Renk and other areas – occupied mostly by a Dinka sub-tribe.
The intent of such migrations to less peaceful areas is not yet known but critics believe that the Dinka Padang are dividing a newfound land and taking up positions in the contested town of Malakal before peace returns.
Other claims that the South Sudan army chief of general staff brought in 8 trucks full of new militia Juba within the last two weeks.
While TROIKA is withdrawing its funding of the peace process, it is yet to be seen if South Sudanese will make a breakthrough to peace within the remaining 22 months of the transitional period of the Compromised Peace Agreement (CPA-II)
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