Jan 21, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- A heavy fighting near the capital of South Sudan’s Western Equatoria State capital, Yambio, has caused panic and tension in the capital.
Sources from the town of Gangura in Western Equatoria confirmed that a heavy fighting began in Gangura, near Yambio, at around 2Am between SPLA-Juba forces and the Arrow Boys but has now escalated to Yambio.
Speaking to Samson Masiya, the spokesperson of Arrow Boys unit who controlled Gangura, the Arrow Boys claimed to have been attacked by the governments troops at their based but are “now pursuing the government troops to Yambio town”.
According to Masiya, the heavy fighting has escalated to the capital, Yambio
“Heavy fighting began in Gangura, WES, and spreading to some parts of Yambio at the moment between Arrowboys and government forces SPLA.” Said Samson Masiya, the spokesman of Arrowboys.
According to residents who have fled Gangura and some now sheltering at a UN Compound in Yambio, SPLA forces were dispatched yesterday to Gangura, a report governor Patrick Zamoi has denied.
Gen. Zamoi believes that any presence of SPLA in Gangura was not initiated from his office but an order from the “top leadership” in Juba.
Earlier reports indicate that the Arrowboys seized Uze bridge on Nabiapai road to cut off supplies to SPLA forces in the area.
According to reports that are yet to be independently verified, many civilians and named government officials have been killed or missing.The exact number of casualties is yet to be confirmed.
The source alleged that Angelo Parakondo, a commissioner in Salva Kiir’s new Gbudwe State, was among the victims that were killed this morning. The speaker of Western Equatorian State, Paul Tambua, and one minister, whose name is withheld, are also alleged among the prominent persons that are still missing.
Speaking to Peter Lasu Legge in Yambio, government troops launched a harsh operation in the area yesterday to “crush rebellions”.
To Samson Masiya, the today fighting has violated a peace agreement that the arrowboys signed with the government of Salva Kiir last year.
“The group who have been attacked by SPLA are the Arrowboys group who signed peace deal with the government of WES late last year to bring peace to the region.” Said Masiya, the spokesman of Arrow boys.
Masiya reiterates that insecurity has been rising in Western Equatoria in protest to unilateral appointment of Patrick Zamoi as the governor of Western Equatoria state.
The arrowboys spokesman believes that Patrick Zamoi has no support in Western Equatoria and should not have been appointed without consulting the people of Equatoria on the ground.
“Patrick Zamoi have no support and all this frequent gunshot in Yambio is as an indication that the people of Yambio and WES does not not like him.” Masiya said.