Nov 24, 2015(Nyamilepedia) —- South Sudan’s State Minister of Information, Communications and Tourism of Western Equatoria state, Eng. Charles Barnaba Kisanga, has been appointed as the Chairman and Commander in Chief of a new rebellion in South Sudan’s Equatorian region.
Speaking from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the former Minister confirmed the “Arrow Boys”, who have been fighting the government under Major General Alfred Futiyo Karaba in Western Equatoria state, have formed a new rebellion called South Sudan People’s Patriotic Front (SSPPF) to defend their people from Salva Kiir’s government.
“The Arrow Boys who have been fighting and resisting tyranny and oppression in Western Equatoria ( under the command of Major General Alfred Futiyo Karaba) would like to declare solemnly this day that they have selected Eng. Charles Barnaba Kisanga, as chairman, to lead them to victory in their struggle against the oppressive tribal regime in Juba.” Reads part of SSPPF declaration.
The new chairman reiterates the arrows boys and girls are patriotic citizens who have grown tired of tribal dominant, oppression, marginalization and land grabbing across Equatoria and other parts of the country.
“it is the people who have been fighting to defend themselves against unpatriotic tribal dictatorial regime which is only interested in furthering its tribal agenda without thinking about the country which our forefathers and recently our brothers and sisters sacrificed for with over 2 million lives to achieve the CPA in in 2005 and finally Independence in 2011.” Kisanga said.
“It seems the Juba tribal clique regime under Salva Kiir Mayaradit have no love to build a nation out of South Sudan after we achieved the goal of liberating South Sudan from Arab clique regime and instead they replaced the Arab clique regime with tribal clique, corrupt and repressive regime under an incompetent leadership.” Kisanga continued.
The new rebels’ chief is optimistic that South Sudan will be rebuilt to prosper when the current leadership is removed from power.
“For us in WES we are patriotic citizens who love this country, South Sudan and given the chance we will build it into a great and civilized nation where human rights are observed, where there will be freedom, where equality and justice will rule, where the National Army will compose of all nationalities fairly balanced and based on competence, where all Institutions of Government will be opened to all tribes based on equality and competence, where security of all the citizens will be guaranteed with no more arbitrary arrests, torture and killings, where also women will have equal opportunities to participate in the matters of the state as a free nation.” Said the former Minister.
Kisanga explained the Arrow Boys took up arms to defend the local populations and their property from the Ugandan’s Lord Resistance Army long before the current conflict broke out in Decemeber 2013 but given the poor leadership under Gen. Salva Kiir, arrow boys are ready to fight to defend their rights and freedoms.
“due to the arbitrarily killings by the tribal regime which is trying to destroy leadership from all other tribes in order to build a tribal kingdom minus other tribes, we had to be extra cautious to protect our leaders and build the movement silently until it was a power to reckon with like now.” Kisanga said.
The arrow boys, which comprises mostly of armed youth, refute claims that they had allied with the main rebel camps in the region for the last two years, however, they now calls for alliance with SPLM/SPLA in Opposition which controls territories in most of the states in the country.
The new rebel group has sent delegates to Pagak to seek alliance and integration into the main rebels’ camp of SPLM/SPLA [IO], Agwelek and REMNASA.
Eng. Charles Barnaba Kisanga holds Masters’ of Science degree in Digital Signal Processing(DSP) and Communication Systems from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.
He has served as the government spokesman and State Minister of Information, Communications and Tourism of Western Equatoria until last month.
Read the full declaration: Formation of A New Rebellion in WES and Calls For Alliance with SPLM-IO