May 14, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– South Sudan’s army faction, SPLA-J1, which is loyal to president Salva Kiir, warns of firing heavy weapons on Monday morning to celebrate May 16, a day dubbed for the army.
According to Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, the former rebels’ spokesman who is now loyal to Salva Kiir, warns that only his faction at the Bilpham Headquarters in Juba are allowed to fire weapons on this day.
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Speaking for Gen. Malong Awang, the Chief of General Staff for SPLA (J1), Lul warns the SPLA (J2) faction under the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, who are currently stationed at Jebel Kunjur to not fire any bullet to mark the “historic day”.
The unilateral decisions warns all parallel forces and soldiers that there will be arrest and punishment for any soldier who fire gun outside Bilpham.
“Individuals, SPLA soldiers and personnel from other organized forces including the SPLA IO are not permitted to fire shots since random shooting is prohibited” Lul said
“Any soldier or individual found violating this order will be arrested and punished” Lul warns.
Although the controversial historic day was usually remembered with firing of shots by the then rebel groups of SPLA/M in some of the liberated areas during the struggle, the practice of firing heavy weapons was banned in the capitals across the country due to unstable security after independent.
SPLA-J1 calls on the public to not panic when the shots are heard on Monday to celebrate May 16.
Despite the resumption of peace, many parts of the country, including the capital, still observe security restrictions and curfews imposed by the president of the former government, Salva Kiir Mayardit.
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