May 15, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– Latest reports from South Sudan’s oil rich Unity State confirmed the two warring factions of SPLA clashed this morning in Rubkona County.
According to spokesman of SPLA in Opposition, Col. William Gatjiath Deng, fighting broke out at 7Am at Matjang and Tuarkiel when the SPLA-J1 attacked their positions.
“The SPLA/Juba faction attacked our cantonment sites at Matjang and Tuarkiel in Unity state today at 7:00AM. The attack takes place in Southern part of Rubkona County but SPLA-IO forces fight back and repulsed back the attackers at 1:00PM This afternoon.” Gatjiath said.
Gatjiath confirmed the fresh fighting took nearly 6 hours before the rebels defeated the government troops back to their barracks in Bentiu and Wangkei.
“The fighting which started at 7:00AM in the morning lasted for 6 hours when the government forces retreated to Bentiu and Wangkei Payam in Mayom County.” he said.
“SPLA-IO mighty forces captured 2 PKM and 27 AK-47 Machine Guns from the government forces.” Gatjiath continued.
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The SPLA-IO blames the government faction of lacking commitment to implement the peace agreement.
“This is an indication that the SPLA in Bilpham is not serious to implement the security arrangement. This is a series violation and the SPLA-IO would strongly like to advice the SPLA/Juba faction to refrain from such acts at this particular time of peace process.” Gatjiath alleged.
Gatjiath further accused their counterparts of planning a full scale war against their forces in Eastern Equatoria state.
“Furthermore, the SPLA in government is also preparing for full scale of war against IO forces in Eastern Equatoria state. Four SPLA-IO officers were arrested in Kapoeta and kept under their detention in Eastern town of Torit .We call for their immediate release because there is no reason for captives while the country is embarked to peace.” He said.
In Juba, SPLA-J1 is preparing to unilaterally commemorate May 16 as an SPLA day.
South Sudan, under President Salva Kiir, is polarized along tribal lines as each tribe preaches its stories of struggle at a very narrow scale.
According to Brig. Lul Ruai Kong, the spokesman of SPLA forces loyal to president Salva Kiir, the commemoration of the controversial army day is attributed mostly to the one faction under president Salva Kiir.
The army initially planned to fire heavy weapons on Monday at 5Am, however, due to fear of insecurity, the planed was reversed