August 29, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— Latest reports from residents of Central Equatoria states accused SPLA-IG of raping, miaming, killing and abduction of civilians accused of supporting rebellion in Central Equatoria.
At least 10 people have been killed and more than 30 others arrested in Central Equatoria within the last one week.
According to SPLA-IO spokesman of Central Equatoria, Col. Kenyi Bennett, soldiers loyal to president Salva Kiir arrested 26 civilians at Katigiri area.
“The government forces arrested citizens at Katigiri, the citizens were living in the bush due to fighting, and they arrested about 26 people three days ago” said Kenyi.
Kenyi explained that the soldiers also arrested 20 other civilians and killed at least one person and ganged-raped a girl who was found hidding in a church in Lainya county.
“Last week on Sunday, some citizens sought shelter inside the church in Lainya, so the government forces came and arrested local youth and then killed one person. They also ganged raped a girl, about 20 men ganged-raped the girl who was in the church” he explained.
Responding to allegations from Juba, the deputy spokesman of SPLA-IG, Col. Santo Doming, admit the incidents but instead accused the rebels of having committed the atrocities.
“What happened in Katigiri was caused by pockets of the opposition forces that remained around the area, so they differed, because some of them said we should join the government, while others refused” said Santo.
In separate reports, civilians in Yei town have accused the government forces, loyal to president Salva Kiir, of a door-to-door killing and torturing of civilians using panga and machetes.
They claimed that 9 bodies, all civilians, were found dead on Sunday morning in Yei town and more civilians were found missing.
According to Sekou James, a resident of Yei town, women and girls have been abducted by soldiers and are reportedly missing since Saturday night.
“9 dead bodies, 3 women, 2 boys, 1 girl and 3 elderly men were recovered yesterday morning. They were killed by soldiers on Sunday night. Women and girls have been raped and others are still missing. I think they took them as sex slaves” Sekou said.
Sekou relates the atrocities in Yei to past incidents that happened in North Uganda which involved Ugandan army and LRA maiming and killing civilians from Joseph Kony’s Acholi tribe.
Nyamilepedia Press couldn’t independently verify the claims but earlier reports suggest that situation remains tenses in and around Central Equatoria state.