Sept 25, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– Latest reports from South Sudan’s oil rich Unity State confirm that a heavy fighting resumed at dawn this morning around the state capital, Bentiu.
Confirming the reports, the Unity State spokesperson for SPLM/SPLA in Opposition, Weirial Puok Baluang, accused the SPLA-IG for attacking their positions at Wichbaar, Tong and Pakuur suburbs around Bentiu town.
“In the early dawn of 25th Sept 2016, our self justifying positions at Wichbaar, Tong and Rolkuur (Pakuur) around Bentiu town came under manifold assaults from regime’s army and paramilitaries.” Weirail said.
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The spokesman reiterates that their forces repulses Salva Kiir’s loyal troops back to Bentiu.
“Nonetheless, our valiant army SPLA-I.O repelled them with vast mortalities inflicted on them as they were dreadfully running back toward Bentiu town.” Said Weirial Puok, the spokesman of SPLA-IO in Unity State.
Puok believes that these attacks are clear indications that the peace agreement is dead and Taban’s defection to the regime is boosting moral of SPLA-IO forces to claim their rights from Kiir and Taban government.
“The demise of the August 2015 agreement, the TGONU and the subsequent exit of the unsolicited weeds from the SPLM/A I.O have boosted the willpower of our army. Thus, it will allow the rightful owners of the land to claim back their familial land Bentiu any time from now.” Puok continue.
Gen. Taban was a governor of Unity State before the conflict broke out, however, during his time Taban’s government displaced many Bull Nuer politicians and generals which later aligned to Salva Kiir and refused to join the opposition.
The return of Taban to Kiir’s government and his search of a new chief of staff among the Bull-Nuer could lead to new defections and internal political conflict between the former political foes.
At the time of this report, Juba was still investigating the cause of this new fighting at a time when the government was planning to reopen the oil fields in Unity State.
The State capital, Bentiu, which could be the next target for the opposition should the war resumes, has exchanged hands several times in the last three years of the conflict.
In other reports, the SPLM/SPLA-IO has concluded its consultations in Khartoum, Sudan, and now prepares to reorganized its forces as its political wing reestablishes contacts with the peace mediators and partners.