SPLA-IO commander claims war has ended, urges IDPs to return home
January 13th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – A top SPLA-IO commander claimed on Thursday that the ongoing South Sudanese civil war has ended urging internally displaced persons to returns to their homes.
Under regional and international pressure, South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny signed a peace deal in September last year in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to end the war.
The agreement in Addis Ababa followed months of intense negotiations among delegates of the government and opposition who must, by the time, sign a pact or face international or further regional isolation.
On Thursday, Gen. Abdullah Ujang, SPLA-IO commander in Wau state along with his accompanying team visited Wau town and said, according to the Eye Radio, peace has come and that internally displaced persons should return to their homes.
“We want to assure you brothers and sisters that peace has come, and there will be no sound of guns, and I want to tell Governor Angelo Taban when I return next time, I would like to see people living in IDPs camp return to their houses,” he said.
For his part, the Governor of Wau, Angelo Taban Biajo told the residents that the arrival of SPLA-IO filed commander was part of trust-building between the parties.
“Today, we came here for you to witness the trust building between us with comrade General Abdullah Ujang, so that you can listen to his voice and see him like other people.”
The government in late October conducted a peace celebration ceremony in the capital Juba and was attended by regional leaders as well as the SPLM-IO leader Dr. Machar.