July 13, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– While briefing the United Nations Security Council today in New York, Hervé Ladsous, the Head of the department of Peacekeeping Operations(DPKO), on the situation in South Sudan, cautions that the two rival forces of SPLA are building defensive positions around Jebel area and Yei road and further clashes cannot be ruled out.
“Reportedly, Opposition forces are currently scattered around the areas of Jebel and Yei road while SPLA troops are setting up defensive positions along the Yei and Gudele road. Further clashes, therefore, cannot be ruled out.” Ladsous said.
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan confirmed today that the SPLA-IO forces have tactically withdrawn from their assigned cantoment site at Jebel Mountain.
“The mission has established that both SPLA in Opposition cantonment sites on the west side of Jebel Mountain have been abandoned.”
According to Dr. Riek Machar’s Press Secretary, James Gatdet Dak, the forces withdrawn on Tuesday to avoid further confrontations with SPLA-Kiir in the capital after the C-in-C and the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, accepted and declared a ceasefire on his troops on Monday evening.
“Yes, they have relocated the base, but they have remained within the vicinity of Juba area,” James Gatdet Dak said on Wednesday.
Although the Press Secretary believes that the incident attempted to assassinate Dr. Riek Machar, he said the First Vice President will not return to the bush to mobilize troops..
“No, he is not going back to the bush. He only wants to avoid further violence in Juba. Once the necessary security issues are addressed, he will come back to his office in Juba,” Dak added.
According to reports from Uganda, president Museveni has sent battalions of troops to rescue Salva Kiir’s government from being toppled.
The UPDF will be stationed in Nsitu in Western Equatoria, supposedly to evacuate Ugandans in South Sudan as claimed in December 2013. The force will be reserved for possible reinforcement should war resumes.
Although the force of Dr. Riek Machar is only 1300 against President Salva Kiir’s over 20, 000 troops, Machar’s poorly armed men are well off in ground fighting.
The SPLA-IO was outnumbered but fought fiercely for four days until President Salva Kiir and Dr. Machar declare a ceasefire on Monday.
Before his next return to Juba, Machar has demands that the rest of his troop, which is larger than the current unit, has to be transported to Juba and also calls on the international community, JMEC, JMCC, IGAD and partners to help demilitarize the capital and deploy a third party troop to act as a buffer zone between the two rival forces.