Kiir orders occupiers to vacate houses taken following eruption of civil war in 2013

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardiit (File Photo)

December 11th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardiit has ordered those occupying house mostly of the Nuer ethnic groups who fled to IDPs camps following the eruption of the conflict in the nation’s capital Juba in December 2013.

The directive by the South Sudanese head of state following a peace agreement signed in September by him and his arch-rival, Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon along other opposition leaders to end the ongoing civil war.

South Sudan Interior Minister Michael Chiangjiek Gey told reporters in Juba on Monday that President has directed the security forces and all government law enforcing agencies to dislodge those occupying house of IDPs in the capital Juba and other areas across the country.

“President Kiir ordered those still occupying residential houses of those who are in the UN Protection of Civilians sites to be evacuated immediately to allow the rightful owners to return home,” he told reporters on Monday.

Early in the day, President Kiir chaired a meeting of the National Security in which the head of the state directed the law enforcement agencies to enforce the order as soon as possible to speed up the implementation of the peace agreement signed in September.

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny who is also the first vice president designate signed the long awaited R-ARCSS in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in September.

The signing of the agreement came as part of IGAD effort to end the ongoing civil war in the country which has engulfed the new African nation since December 2013 following a disagreement between elites within the ruling party over the leadership of the SPLM.

Despite the signing of the peace deal, many civilian houses including civil infrastructures such as schools and hospitals are still being occupied by armed forces. Observers firmly believes that the relinquishment of the civilian infrastructures and properties by the army will not be an easy step to execute.