Government, opposition troops arrive at Mapel to kick off training

SSDPF spokesman Maj. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang and SPLA-IO Deputy Spokesman Col. Lam Paul Gabriel (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

December 31st 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan government forces and their opposition counterparts have arrived at Mapel training center to kick off screening and registration in preparation for join training in a step to form the unified national army, government and opposition officials alike said.

Yesterday, around 1,000 government forces belonging to the 5th Infantry Division in Western Bahr el-Ghazal’s Wau arrived to Mapel training center after instructors were deployed at the site by the Joint Transitional Security Committee (JTSC).

“You are going as the army of the country, you will have other forces joining you from the SPLA-IO and SSOA for the training in Dakum area,” Maj. General Makuac told the South Sudan Peoples’ Defense Forces while flagging them off from Girinti military base as quoted by the Eye Radio.

“I want to assure you that from the moment you leave this place, everything is ready for you in Mapel. So comrades, this is screening and registration and mixing of forces to be called unified forces between SPLM-IO, SSOA and the government forces, so I want you to go with morals,” he added.

For his part, Brig. Gen. Ayuen Dut Thon said: “As you have seen in the parade, we have transported organized forces from Ngwa-Alima to Masana Biira and the same applied to people coming from Raga, they will arrive tonight.”

“We have brought them to the training centre and the Joint Transitional Security Committee is in charge of training. They will take over the responsibility of the training and for us, we will complete our mandate within the training centre by final screening using biometric registration system.”

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