South Sudanese rebels accuse government forces of caring out “joint operations”

SPLA-IO Chief of General Staff Lt Gen. Simon Gatwech dual (middle) (File - Photo)

SPLA-IO Chief of General Staff Lt Gen. Simon Gatwech dual (middle) (File – Photo)

April 6th 2018 (The Nyamilepedia) – South Sudanese rebels of the SPLA-IO faction under the leadership of the country’s former First Vice President Riek Machar Teny on Friday accused the South Sudanese government of caring out “joint operations” against its strongholds in the Greater Equatoria and Bahr Al-Ghazal regions.

In a press statement issued on Friday by the group’s deputy military spokesman, Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, and seen by the Nyamilepedia, the group said the regime in Juba has deployed members of the South Sudan National Security Service to the Western Nile region including Kampala in order to hunt down regime’s opponents and members of the SPLM-IO.

“After suffering a humiliating defeat in the nearly two weeks fight in Western side of Kajo-Keji County following its incursion into SPLA-IO controlled areas, the regime decided to deploy agents of the South Sudan National Security Service and the Military Intelligence to the West Nile region of Uganda and in Kampala to supposedly kidnap, extradite or in difficult situation assassinate Senior Members of the SPLM/A IO,”  Lam said in the statement

Lam in the statement added that their group condemns what he termed as “dubious activities” he said were being carried out by the regime in Juba.

“The SPLA IO condemn such dubious activity of the regime in Juba and calls upon the Uganda government to prevent the spill-over of the insecurity from South Sudan by cracking down those elements sent to carryout operational activities with contempt in breach of the territorial integrity of Uganda. The SPLA IO maintains its honest respect to the government if Uganda as usual,” the statement added.

He further accused the government of South Sudan of carrying out attacks against their strongholds in the Greater Bahr Al-Ghazal region.

“Secondly, on 05/04/2018 at about 1:32pm, the ethnic regime in Juba combined with JEM militias attacked the SPLM/A IO positions in Uyu-juku (Dem Ziber) and Sabo areas of Raja. The forces were supported with 5 Land Cruisers mounted with 12.7mm during the attack. However, the SPLA-IO forces defeated and repulsed the attackers with heavy losses. Our forces captured 23 Ak-47, 4 RBG, 3 PKM in good condition, and destroyed one land cruiser pickup. 25 enemy’s death bodies counted and several injured as blood trails could be seen,” the statement added.

Lam, in the statement, calls upon CSTAMM and the United Nation in South Sudan to “investigate these events as soon as possible so that truth is established.”