South Sudan Africa News Liberty




June 17th 2017. Credible sources within SPLA general HQs in Bilpham in Juba revealed to this reporter that huge SPLA soldiers have been dispatched this morning and afternoon [Saturday] to three different directions, in total roughly three battalions brigade have been send to Magwi and Madi corridor, while similar number of other heavily armed brigade have been send to Torit and yet another three battalions have been dispatched late Saturday afternoon to Yei. 

The Sources requested for the their identities not to be revealed, alerting this news site that since the deadly Juba-Nimule highway ambush which left over 50 dead, mainly soldiers and few civilian killed in crossfire, President Kiir convened several security meetings in his palace, he summoned both his new Chief of SPLA army staff, Lt General James Ajong and defense minister Kuol Manyang to immediately come out with measures to make Juba-Nimule highway free from SPLA-IO and any other armed groups operating in Equatoria. 

It was reported that the new general chief of staff then reassured the President with his commitment and plans to militarily crash and flash out the armed groups operating in Equatoria in given time. In loyalty to the President, seemingly the heavy deployment of soldiers with heavy military equipment this mornings and afternoon is an indicator that the new chief of staff is trying to appease Kiir to secure his job at this hard moment of economic melt-down and took the opportunity to prove himself.

Many believe his predecessor Malong left the army weak and in a mess, thus it is quoted the army general chief of staff repeatedly asked the President to give him more time to reorganize the Tribal Army.

However, the angry president, who in three years sacked and replaced three heads of SPLA, wants military quick solution, told his new army chief that since Malong was removed by decree, the security situation has worsened both in Upper Nile and Equatoria, and now with new birth of rebellious in Northern Bahr el Ghazal the home state of former chief of staff Malong and President Kiir himself, who is under pressures to crush the Equatorian front urgently.

One of the senior military commanders who was present in the security meetings says the massive deployment is in response to quickly address the insecurity along major roads and towns mainly in Yei, Nimule, Magwi and Torit. 

The same sources revealed that they have seen today that soldiers and heavy armored vehicles were moving to the directions of Nimule, Magwi and Torit and others are moving toward Yei through Juba-Yei road. Yet another SPLA Dinka officer stationed at Gumbo close to old Radio Juba station told our correspondent the mission of the massive deployment of SPLA soldiers is to search for what they called "bandits" operating along Juba-Nimule road majorly in Madi and Acholi land." Our forces are desperately seeking for answer therefore their primary mission is to search anywhere for anybody who is living in rebel designated areas and whoever they find living there are to be consider as armed bandits regardless of whether they carry fire armed or not, these are to be cleared" he said the operation is assigned and led by General JJ Okot. 

We at SSLN urge Civilians to take all precautionary measures as Ethnic cleansing by the Kiir tribal regime is about to commence in the next few hours to days in the mentioned area. We can no longer count on the international communities but ourselves!

Justin S. Kwaje 

SSLN senior reporter.


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