Dec 24, 2015(Nyamilepedia) —- Despite the return of SPLM/SPLA-IO advanced team to Juba, South Sudan’s warring factions under president Salva Kiir and the First Vice President Designate, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, fought at 6:30Am of 24th December, 2015 in Upper Nile state.
According to the opposition spokesman, Col. Willam Gatjiath Deng, government forces crossed to West Bank and attacked the rebels’ position in Chollo Kingdom.
“This morning around 6:30 AM, South Sudan forces crossed the river from Malakal to West bank and attacked our defensive position in Makal chollo, the North of malakal town.” Said Col. William Gatjiath Deng, the spokesperson of SPLA in Opposition.
Gatjaith explained that their forces tactically withdrawn from West Bank to avoid confrontations with the government forces, allegedly, in line with the recently signed peace agreement.
“Our forces have to make tactical withdrawal to avoid further confrontation with the government as the two parties are in talks in Juba to find a solution in ending the civil war that rages in the country for the last 2 years.” Gatjiath said.
According to Col. Gatjiath of SPLM/SPLA the former caretaker governor of Upper Nile, Lt Gen.Chol Thon, was behind of this attack.
“Since Monday in this week, he had been mobilizing the anti peace group and some commanders from SPLA/Juba faction to attack our position” Gatjiath said.
SPLA in Opposition calls on Salva Kiir government to unite their forces and begins implementing the recently signed peace agreement.
“We are calling on Juba government to have unity of command of its forces and embark on the spirit of peace. Juba seems to be dragging its feet towards the implementation of this Compromised Peace Agreement (CPA). Juba must appreciate this new dawn of CPA and therefore it has to celebrate a language of peace, love and unity among South Sudanese.” Col. Gatjiath said.
In other reports, despite the arrival of SPLM/SPLA advanced team to Juba and pledged commitments to implement the peace agreement, President Salva Kiir removed his long-time governors and replaced them with 28 new states’ governors across the country.