June 28, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Latest reports from Malakal, the capital city of the oil-rich Upper Nile state, confirmed that the town has been fully recaptured by the anti-government forces under the command of Maj. Gen. Johnson Olony, who recently denounced Salva Kiir leadership.
According to James Gatdet Dak, the spokesman of the SPLM/SPLA [IO] chairman, the SPLM/SPLA-IO and SPLA-Aguelek forces captured Malakal at 10pm, local time, last night.
“Upper Nile state’s capital, Malakal, is under our full control. It was captured at 10pm on Saturday. A joint force of SPLM/SPLA and Aguelek under the overall command of Major General Johnson Olony took control of the town.” Gatdet said.
Gatdet further reiterates that their forces are pursuing the government troops towards Akoka, north of Malakal town.
“Government forces are being pursued towards Akoka, north of Malakal, in a mob up operation.” he said.
According to Peter Mabut, a resident of Malakal, who has spent nearly two years in the UN camp in the town, the IDPs have flocked the streets of Malakal after the rebels regained control of the town.
“We are all here, we are outside, we are free” Mabut shouted to our correspondent in Malakal.
A few other residents report that many IDPs, mostly from the two major tribes in the state, the Nuer and the Shilluck, have come out to check on their destroyed properties, and others in search of food and safety.
“Yes, we have come out to look after ourselves and plant crops. We do not get these chance very often. The government army kill every member of Shilluck and Nuer whenever they come out. Now this is our turn to go home and start our lives” Said Mary Nyakan, who sheltered at UNMISS since January 2014.
In other reports, fighting escalated to Melut in the far north towards Paloch Oil fields.
According to Ganum Thiwat, a resident of Melut town, fighting broke out at Melut this afternoon and it is still ongoing.
The spokesman of SPLM chairman explains that the resumption of fighting was ingitted by the government troops after attacking their position in areas around Malakal.
“This is in self-defence against renewed attacks on our forces since Monday at Canal and other locations near Malakal. Government has been on offensive in violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement.” James Gatdet Dak reports.
The strategic towns of Malakal, Bentiu and Bor have exchanged hands many times in the current conflict.