Kaya, 27 Sept 2017; The deputy Military spokesperson of SPLA-IO, Col Lam Paul Gabriel, representing the main armed opposition fighter in the country categorically denied what he called misinformation trending in social media outlets in Uganda. Col Lam specifically singled out the red pepper and theugandan.com.ug online news agents for circulating what he termed as falsely and baseless accusation against SPLA-IO
"The SPLA IO would like to clarify its position on the misinformation trending in some social media outlets in Uganda like the Red pepper and theugandan.com.ug that [Uganda rebels] fought in Kaya-South Sudan.
Such an accusation is false and baseless. The SPLA-IO have been defending themselves from the aggressions of the rogue Juba regime since 2013 until current without foreign aids/military allies.
The SPLA-IO fought the Juba regime in Kaya without the support of any foreign movement. The photographs of combatant trending on social media with guns and red ribbons in Kaya were purely SPLA-IO wearing their insignia designed for that specific operation. They [the photos] were taken by Journalists Siegfried Modola and Goran Tomasovic; the day Christopher Allen was targeted and killed by the Juba regime. Those insignia are subject to constant change.
The leadership of the SPLA IO has no knowledge of neither the existence nor operations of the so called "Ugandan rebel" in South Sudan.
The leadership of the SPLA-IO holds the government of Uganda with high esteem and appreciates their efforts to the revitalization of the failed peace agreement as such, the SPLA -IO has no intention to operate/cooperate militarily/politically abroad"