July 28, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– A senior general of SPLM/SPLA in Opposition, Lt. Gen. James Koang Chuol Ranley, calls on the region and the international community to send their troops to Juba ASAP or else his troops will overrun the capital.
“We want the third forces to be deployed as a baffer zone or else we shall overrun the government forces from Juba.” CDR Koang Chuol said.
CDR, a top SPLA general, who defected to the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, at the onset of the conflict reiterates that Salva Kiir forces have been attacking their hideout but said they have repulsed all attempts on their position – boosting his confident that his troops could overrun the capital if he orders them to fight.
“The government forces have been attacking us all these long though we always defeated them. Long live the freedom Fighters. Long live the people’s movements Chairman Dr. Machar Teny Dhurgon.” he continued.
Koang and other senior generals of SPLM/SPLA[IO] withdrawn a 1300 infantry troop from Juba after Machar declared a ceasefire on July 11, however, despite the attacks Gen. Koang said his troops are still committed to the Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan(ARCISS).
“We are committed to the peace agreement signed by our Chairman Dr. Machar Teny Dhurgon. ” the senior general said.
Taban Appointment “Illegal and illegitimate“
The top general, who spoke for the first time since the outbreak of the conflict in Juba more than 2 weeks ago, condemns attempts by renegade general Taban Deng Gai to scrap the peace agreement and tries to claim Machar’s position.
Gen. Koang calls Taban’s appointment illegal and illegitimate and orders him to resign.
“The appointment of Cde Taban Deng is “iIligetimate and illegal” we therefore condemn it to the strongest term possible.” CDR said.
Like most of his colleagues, Koang assures SPLM/SPLA[IO] supporters and sympathizers that the army is still united behind their commander-in-chief, Dr. Riek Machar Teny.
“The entire SPLA-IO armies are committed to the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon as such we urge all the members that he had no single army as he claimed.” Koang.
Following the declaration of ceasefire by Salva Kiir and Dr. Machar on July 11th, Kiir’s army fired celebratory gunshots into the air celebrating an alleged report that Gen. Koang and his chief of general staff, 1st. Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, were killed that day during an attack on their base in Jebel Kujur, a report that was generated and circulated by a South Sudan ambassador to Washington.
Koang, however, said his troops “fought a good war and defended themselves to the maximum” despite their small number and lack of artillery to fight back gunships and helicopters
The SPLA-IO said their troops lost about 45 service men in the 4 days fighting that has left over 500 people dead and many others displaced.