April 21, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —–The trip of SPLA-IO Chief of General Staff, 1st. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, which was expected today, is again postponed.
According to James Gatdet Dak, the Press Secretary of SPLM/SPLA-IO Chairman, Gen. Gatwech could bot travel today due to new demands set on weapons by Salva Kiir’s government.
“The Chief of General Staff of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) army, 1st Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual – and his troops – could not travel to Juba today, Thursday, as rescheduled due to renewed refusal by President Salva Kiir’s government to transport their weapons to the capital.” Gatdet said.
Although the government compromised to Opposition’s earlier demand of its 200 commandos and commandos to land in Juba before their chairman, the regime has refused to clear “laser guided missiles” PKMs and RPGs of SPLA-IO
According to Gatdet, this is not a new setback and therefore the international community must come in to put more pressure on Salva Kiir’s government.
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“The Administration has reneged on yesterday’s understanding to transport the forces and their weapons to Juba today. Regional players and international community at large should put maximum pressure on President Kiir’s government to lift its unnecessary ban on the weapons of our co-national army. it is a clear violation of the security arrangements signed by the parties.” Said Gatdet.
In a meeting of JMEC held on Thursday afternoon in Juba, the peace partners agreed that SPLA/SPLM-IO should be allowed to transport 20 PKMs and 20 RPGs, however, the regime insists that IO should only carry 7 PKMs and 7 RPGs to Juba.
Despite that the international community insists that Machar must arrive in Juba by Saturday, 1st. Lt Gen. Taban Deng Gai warns that the SPLM/SPLA Chairman will only travel to Juba when Kiir’s administration agrees to allow SPLA-IO soldiers and weapons to land.
More civilians and politicians of SPLM/SPLA-IO from Gambella, Ethiopia, arrived this afternoon in Juba.