South Sudan Rival Forces Prepare For More Battles At The Outkirts of The Capital, Juba

Forces of SPLA-IO forces organizing an assembly in the capital, Juba, South Sudan(Photo: file)

Forces of SPLA-IO forces organizing an assembly in the capital, Juba, South Sudan(Photo: file)

July 13, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– While briefing the United Nations Security Council today in New York, Hervé Ladsous, the Head of the department of Peacekeeping Operations(DPKO), on the situation in South Sudan, cautions that the two rival forces of SPLA are building defensive positions around Jebel area and Yei road and further clashes cannot be ruled out.

“Reportedly, Opposition forces are currently scattered around the areas of Jebel and Yei road while SPLA troops are setting up defensive positions along the Yei and Gudele road. Further clashes, therefore, cannot be ruled out.” Ladsous said.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan confirmed today that the SPLA-IO forces have tactically withdrawn from their assigned cantoment site at Jebel Mountain.

“The mission has established that both SPLA in Opposition cantonment sites on the west side of Jebel Mountain have been abandoned.”

According to Dr. Riek Machar’s Press Secretary, James Gatdet Dak, the forces withdrawn on Tuesday to avoid further confrontations with SPLA-Kiir in the capital after the C-in-C and the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, accepted and declared a ceasefire on his troops on Monday evening.

“Yes, they have relocated the base, but they have remained within the vicinity of Juba area,” James Gatdet Dak said on Wednesday.

Although the Press Secretary believes that the incident attempted to assassinate Dr. Riek Machar, he said the First Vice President will not return to the bush to mobilize troops..

“No, he is not going back to the bush. He only wants to avoid further violence in Juba. Once the necessary security issues are addressed, he will come back to his office in Juba,” Dak added.

According to reports from Uganda, president Museveni has sent battalions of troops to rescue Salva Kiir’s government from being toppled.

The UPDF will be stationed in Nsitu in Western Equatoria, supposedly to evacuate Ugandans in South Sudan as claimed in December 2013. The force will be reserved for possible reinforcement should war resumes.

Although the force of Dr. Riek Machar is only 1300 against President Salva Kiir’s over 20, 000 troops, Machar’s poorly armed men are well off in ground fighting.

The SPLA-IO was outnumbered but fought fiercely for four days until President Salva Kiir and Dr. Machar declare a ceasefire on Monday.

Before his next return to Juba, Machar has demands that the rest of his troop, which is larger than the current unit, has to be transported to Juba and also calls on the international community, JMEC, JMCC, IGAD and partners to help demilitarize the capital and deploy a third party troop to act as a buffer zone between the two rival forces.

33 comments

  • Dear Dr. Riek Machar Teny,

    Be serious on your politicians, there are some politicians who want to betray you again like 1991. This current war is for all Nuer whether in Government or in Opposition. We need a free society. SPLA-IO proof to the world they are capable enough to do anything possible to protect the civilians.

  • Although the force of Dr. Riek Machar is only 1300 against President Salva Kiir’s over 20, 000 troops, Machar’s poorly armed men are well off in ground fighting.

    The SPLA-IO was outnumbered but fought fiercely for four days until President Salva Kiir and Dr. Machar declare a ceasefire on Monday. Hahahaaa!! so how did you see the well off fighting if those 1300 soldiers would be 5000? please Dinkas be careful for your imposing the fighting and yet you were not even able to fought well.

  • Wut Kel

    DON’T WORRY GUYS WE ARE NEAR.

    • Wel Aketch William

      We are you matching to. Violence breeds violence and only round table discussion brings peace. Let refrain from instigated tribal wars.

  • Unmiss on ur side, people’s Nuer please try to think for the leadership of Riek. Nyuon Beny Machar is better then Riek, because he fire his bullet first in Ayod. To free us, but Riek joint SPLA in Bilpham and the man became headache to south sudan. God judge the Case between Riek and SPLM +plus Nuer.

  • thon innocent

    instead of preaching peace here, we intend to congratulate who fought well…we should be mindful about our nation ya junubin… therefore, we should halt leaving instigating comments here, otherwise we are extinguishing fire with fuel, should we continue supporting this senseless war…. This war is not to determine who is superior than who, between Dinka & Nuer, but is all about leadership interest…. so don’t dare say that DINKAS or NUER were overpowered in this recent chaos..I wish sensitive people shouldn’t bother to involve themselves..

    • akutadum

      Tell them ma Bro they are idiotic n lunatic Kiir n Machar supporters , tribal war will take us to nowhere, but to destroy our land, I wise God can 4 give us.

  • You are joking. It does not mean u are strong enough to resist SPLA but because fighting was not intentional from government side. There was mercy before the two events of fighting in republican palace and that in checkpoint where u first overran the company allocated there. This was when the republican order were ignored and fighting then erupted till u ran away

  • Peter Lobojo

    The future of the Republic of South Sudan is regim change , the Government without Dink’s

  • Nhial Chan Majiok Zieng

    WOW my comrade Riek will be the south sudan king if am mistaken bä liel lun ngoth jaang

  • Peter Lobojo

    Sorry! For what appeare in the comment before

  • alfred taban

    let god give power for SPLA IO to complete the mission ,so that we the south Sudanese will be in peace.

  • J J Bol

    You just want to encourage fighting while you will not be there. Drinks is always in recurring for the former Arab collaborator.

  • Biju

    To my dear leaders of south Sudan, we are really suffering alot in this country. Stop killing each other we are all one south sudanese base on tribe, ethnicity,Religion. So please come into compromised agreement. Thanks God bless you all .

  • Mike

    “….The UPDF will be stationed in Nsitu in Western Equatoria….”

    Please the editor, Nesitu is in central Equatoria; otherwise review your edition for any error or learn S.Sudan’s map carefully before updating/uploading any release…

  • Karab

    Please the international community, Dont mention Doctor Riek Machar along with this dirty Salva Kiir. Riek Machar is a humble & genuine man who stands for peace but those foolish people in government refused to allow peace to flourish in south Sudan. The international community & IGAD should be clear now who is blocking the peace.

  • jose ping

    Please my fellow south sudanese stop inciting war…..Why do you incite yet you were not fighting? Be sensitive to other people lives and stop tribal and political thinking…..If you are disappointed with your own life then kill yourself but not creating more evil motive speech…..

  • Adengi

    It’s high time the United nations intervene a lot of lives will be lost if the hostilities prevail ,abuffer zone should be created between the warring factions so special cracking unit from the un should be send to save lives of southsudanese .

  • mambo Samuel

    Stop war my people

  • john

    those two have to die for peace to exist they have their interest

  • Ugandans shuold not interfere in this country because now they are pretending to be evacuating their citizens who told them to come to south sudan yet they are not investors they make alot of money yet do not save in this teritory we know they ar coming to support the government but we fought the sudanese yet we never received a single foot of a ugandan soldier now trying to kill our own people please why don,t you mind business and enjoy ur country and stay out of this and also i,m urging the inter, cmunity to intervene imediately and fellow southerners lets prevent hate speeches b,cose we are all illiterate about the consequences we may face thanks peacemaker out

  • Majok

    Pray to those who loss their live for the incident that in juba last week. My advise to those who are war in south sudan will not help our citzen, let join hand together such that have we peace intead to war in south sudan . Yes for peace no for war

  • The causes was designed as unknown gunmen from Salva Kiir government against IO soldiers in Juba and the results went beyond that so more prices are going to be paid.

  • GatNor

    An imposed war stops once the aggressor decides to charter the path of peace or once the aggressor is disarmed and neutralized. The conditions in which Jaang can speak the language of peace are not put in place. One of these condition is for the Jaang to also feel the wrath of the war they have imposed on the rest of South Sudan. This can only happened once an all out war is declared on them in every corner of the South Sudan and the world for that matter. Once there is no place for them to enjoy the basic necessities of life as they are denying to others, the best option will be the language of peace. Everyone knows the road to peace at their convenient and Jaang are not any exception.

  • Chulbaar

    Majority of the Nuer people have no idea about what actually happened in Juba…they dont know that all their military commanders are killed. They don’t know that Dr. Riek and Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth have already lost their lives…James Gatdet Dak is NOT telling his people the truth… Stay tune some more bad news are coming..

  • south sudan must be divided into three

  • Simon

    South Sudan must be a peaceful country but to a peaceful nation,we must pray,humble ourselves to God the father to forgive our sins and he will give us peace as he is the prince of peace!!!

  • I don’t care whether we are few then we shall try our level best to protect ourselves from enemies

  • T

    dear stupid South Sudanese people who are writing from America and Europe etc, why don’t you come down to test the felling of war.
    your like a dog which bark on thief while the owner is arround.

  • Jameline Banda

    The UPDF and Museveni are the devils destroying South Sudan by deceiving headless Salva Kirr. The war will consume you if you continue to insist on your military solution. What a shame!!!!

  • Padiet Gahgah

    Chulbaar, I think you do not know you are saying. Salva himself said he talked to Dr. Riek Machar this morning he was asked by journalist from El Jazira. Do you meant Salva was lying if Riek Machar was dead

  • Only God will justify peace in South Sudan