Machar’s SPLA-IO denies forces are in Raja for cantonment

SPLA-IO deputy spokesman Col. Lam Paul Gabriel  talking to the press in Juba (Photo credit: Radio Tamazuj)

December 27th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – The Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) denied on Thursday reports that troops loyal to the group arrived in a village near Raja for cantonment.

This came after some media houses reported that a batch of SPLA-IO troops commanded by Brig. Gen. Faisal Fadul Marjan arrived in Dolu, a village near Lol state capital Lol, for cantonment.

Speaking to the Nyamilepedia on Thursday,  SPLA-IO deputy spokesman Col. Lam Paul Gabriel denied Gen. Faisal is in Raja for the cantonment of forces saying his visit is a part of ongoing confidence-building process between the SPLA-IO and the SSPDF in the country.

“Gen. Faisal came to Raja for confidence building with the SSPDF not cantonment program,” Lam told the Nyamilepedia.

The SPLA-IO officer explained that the Join Military Ceasefire Commission (JMCC) currently in Juba is yet to agree on the number of cantonment sites and is also yet to designate the sites saying current barracks are the temporal sites for the troops now.

“The JMCC team in Juba is yet to agree on the actual number of cantonment sites in the whole of South Sudan,” he said.

“Including that of the SSPDF even if they will be in their barracks, they will still act as cantonment sites for them,” he added.