Dec 08, 2015(Nyamilepedia) —- Latest reports from South Sudan’s Western Equatoria State confirm that the new rebel group, led by the former Minister of Information and state government spokesman, Eng. Charles Barnaba Kisanga, has overrun most parts of the state capital of Western Equatoria, Yambio.
Speaking to Nyamilepedia Press, Samson Masiya, the spokesperson of “arrow boys” under the banner of South Sudan People Patriotic Front (SSPPF) attests that his rebel group has captured over 90% of Yambio.
“I can confirm to the public that 90% of Yambio city is in full control of Arrowboys” Masiya said.
The spokesman alleged that the battle which started at 8pm last night has now settled around army barracks and governor’s residence, a report that was confirmed by the current Minister of Information of Western Equatoria state.
“there are two remaining places where heavy fighting is going on there which is the army Baracks near Yambio airport and governor’s residence” Said Masiya, the spokesman of arrow boys.
Speaking to Eye Radio, Daniel Ezbon, the Minister of Information of Western Equatoria confirmed at his hideout that the fighting began at 8pm last night and continued until this morning.
The newly appointed governor, himself, is believed to have fled the town to undisclosed location
“The governor him self is on the run and in hiding he ordered the army who can’t get out now to go into residential areas and shoot anything they see, the fighting started last night at 8 pm local time” Masiya said.
Speaking in Juba, Col. Philip Aguer, the SPLA [Juba] military spokesman confirmed the fighting, however, blamed “drunk” and unruly criminals for what he terms as a random shooting.
“There is no fighting in Yambio. There have been people shooting randomly in Yambio and these should be drunk and criminals that are trying to provoke the situation,” Col. Aguer said.
According to residents, the rebels have burned down two of governor’s motorcade cars and captured three mounted pick ups from the government troops. Details of casualties are yet to be availed.
Despite rumors that Salva Kiir’s government has signed an infamous agreement with unidentified members of Western Equatorian communities, arrow boys claimed the governor threatened the community during a church service on Sunday which angered the youth to take action.
“what provoked the fighting is that the governor him self who went to church on Sunday and start to threaten people and promised to bring army and shoot to kill including rapping wives of those who support Arrowboys.” Masiya explained.
“This hated speech made people to walkout from the church and Monday morning the security services started to arrest people including former commissioner of Yambio county, Angelo Bakote and a local musicians called Babiro known by his music name (BBB) and many others” The arrow boys spokesman explains.
After the arrow boys learned of the arrests of the county’s commissioner and other members, who were accused of supporting the rebels; friends and families started demanding to know the fates of their loved ones which led to more arrests and confrontations.
The Arrowboys demands these people must be released immediately if they are still alive otherwise the people of Western Equatoria are calling it enough.
“We have been living under constant fear and brutal beheading of civilians around Pazua suburb near Yambio airport, arresting people at night and behead them. In Naandi a payam which is 56 miles west of Yambio SPLA forces looted shops and killed a number civilians which we are yet to confirm and similar thing happened in Diabio 9 Mile to Naandi.” the arrow boys demand.
According to the United Nations reports, at least 4000 people who fled fighting in Western Equatoria state have been registered as refugees in a small Refugee camp in Democratic Republic of Congo by last week.
The arrow boys, who are estimated to be around 17, 000, have been training in undisclosed locations around Yambio for the past one year.
They recently declared themselves as a separate rebel group that is willing to merge with the main rebels camps under the umbrella of SPLM/SPLA in Opposition.