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Gen. JJ Okot Blowing the Trumpet of War in Acholiland

Magwi, 21 January 2021: In Juba, with the South Sudanese government and the main rebel group, the SPLA-IO at an impasse on the issue of the number of states and their boundaries, the future of the peace implementation seems bleaker and bleaker by each passing day. While many ordinary people are nervous and anxious in anticipation of another possible round of war, on the other hand, some of the generals of SSPDF are preparing for such war scenarios. 

Gen Johnson Juma Okot [also known] as JJ. Okot seems to be among the war planners. In the last few days, he has taken the tasks of touring his Acholi land, talking to ordinary people and selected audiences who share his war view, and also SSPDF stationed in the Magwi county. SSLN reporter in Magwi county managed to get some credible reports about Gen. Okot's briefings of his selected audiences. In one such briefing Gen. Okot explicitly told the audience that, there is no peace and therefore, the soldiers and people should prepare for war between the government forces/ SSPDF, SPLA-IO and other armed forces who are opposed to Juba regime. JJ Okot who looked frail and tired during the meetings, nonetheless he seems to be in good spirits and has an appetite for war. 

The visit of Gen. Okot to Acholiland comes at the time when SSPDF stationed along Nimule-Juba road is displaying rather aggressive postures as if planning for war or other forms of predatory activities.  

In the last few days, Nimule-Juba highway is fed with more movements of SSPDF soldiers than in the last months -- a sign of some rather ominous events to come. 

Andrew Olweny 

SSLN 

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