South Sudan’s army chief visits rebel-held Mandeng

Members of the JDB and opposition governor of Sobat State (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

January 27th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s army chief Gen. Gabriel Jok Riak who is also the Chairperson of the Joint Defense Board (JDB) has today visited the rebel-held town of Mandeng, the Nyamilepedia have learned.

The SPLA-IO Deputy Spokesman Col. Lam Paul Gabriel told the Nyamilepedia today that the SSPDF Chief, SPLA-IO deputy chief of Gen. Staffs for Administration and Logistics Gen. Koang Chuol Ranley among other top officials visited Mandeng.

“We are here to builds trust among the armies and the civilians. We want them to see the implementation of the peace process is working and we are giving peace a chance,” Lam told the Nyamilepedia on Sunday.

“We have nearly two months the two forces (IO and SSPDF) have no fighting going on. We want this disengagement to continue,” he added.

Another source who do not want to be named said the the visit include discussion on possible cantonment site in the area as well as confidence-building.

“A cantonment site and confidence-building are the reason for the visit,” the source said.

“We can at least say that there is peace in the country,” the source added።