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Magwi 9 March 9, 2016; According to credible source with full knowledge and access to Bilpam, the general HQ of South Sudan’s SPLA army; The report pointed out that a government forces composed mainly by Dinka militias, are in high preparation for an imminent attacks against the SPLA-IO cantonment site along Nimule-Juba road under the overall field commander Brig. General Max Marlin Lino Azo.

The SPLA- IO forces along Juba-Nimule road reacted by saying their forces is on high alert and prepared waiting for Dinka Centric government forces offensive in their area. “

Our regional correspondent in Eastern Equatoria State interviewed Brig. General Max Marlin Lino  Azo from his field office, and he assured our reporter that if the government dare attack them, their forces operating along Juba-Nimule life saving highway should not be blame by the international communities, because the fate of the Juba government depends on his hands. “ We will respond, in self-defense with resolute and decisive force, and the international community should not blame our forces because if provoked we will cut off and block Juba-Nimule highway permanently” said Brig. General Max.

According to the intelligent gatherings, the government forces are armed with 10 Worals, Russian made trucks, 25 RPG, 30 PKM, 6 Tanks, small arms AK47 and others. All the assembled forces are stationed at Ame Junction awaiting orders from Paul Malong. It was also reported that Johnson Juma Okot [JJ Okot’s] vehicles were used to transport ammunition and food items for the forces.

According to one elder from Abara who spoke in condition of anonymity said, JJ Okot is a long time enemy and conflict instigator in Magwi County, between the Ma’di and the Acholis. JJ Okot was recently suspended from his position as commander of Division six based in Western Equatoria and Lakes states due to corruption scandals including money laundry.

It was revealed that currently JJ Okot is providing information and helping government to attack the SPLA-IO positions and bases along Juba -Nimule Road. Who are just by his backyard less than a mile from Obama Guest house. JJ tries to make an impression to the Jienge Council of Elders to regain his position and being wave off corruptions cases.

According to the inside source from Juba and Ame Junction, who leak the information, he stated that JJ was consulted about the attack and he was part of the planning team. It was reported to our regional correspondent based in EES that, JJ Okot implanted and sent his junior officer called by last name Bongomin  to SPLA- IO to spy particularly on Gen Martine Kenyi and Oyet Nathalie in the process Bongomin acted very well carried his activities as a defector from government later was promoted from 1st Lt to Brigadier General.

The insider said currently Gen. Bongomin, Michael Odontong and 5 others defected from SPLA- IO and are in negotiation process with government to maintain their ranks and lead the government forces to the secret Camps in Magwi County.

It was reported that Bongomin sent 5 of his junior officers to Juba to draw the final plan for the attack. According to source who does not want to be named stated that Bongomin had 3 secret meetings with Gen Jildo Oling Paraynag, Lomoya and JJ Okot in Juba and Panyikwara.     

When SPLA-IO field commander in the region was asked by our reporter about their logistical support, defense, whether or not they have enough manpower to overcome the government offensive, the commanding officers Brig. Max, expressed confidence in their capabilities and referred back to his logistic officer, whose name is removed for security reason because he is outside cantonment area only being identified by his pet name Brig. General Ochan Philip Okeny.  

Our reporter managed to reach Brig Okeny for comment, confirmed their capabilities, he however refused to disclose further information but he said this will be the worst mistake should government attack their area. Brig. Okeny said they would ensure Nimule Juba Road is cut off, since they are the lifelines for South Sudan.   

The presence of SPLA-IO in Magwi County is seen by Juba as an existential threat to the tribal regime of Salva Kiir Mayerdit, due to the Juba-Nimule highway, which runs through the heart of the County.

Brig. Okeny said the government activities in the County are part of the grant plan to deny Equatorians access to any cantonment area in the region and this will never be tolerated. “We respect the compromise peace agreement and observe ceasefire however, we can only act in self-defense and prove to government yet again we are a force to recon with, we shall ensure they regret this time should they dare attack”. Brig Ochan Philip Okeny.

The intelligent report from the SPLA-IO in the region further said they uncovered the government plan to attack their bases along Juba-Nimule road has been going on for weeks, and now it has been approved by the senior generals from Military headquarters in Bilpam.

According to the reliable sources, some soldiers with heavy weaponry have been moved out of Juba, going towards southern Bari, waiting for commands for further action. 

This new acts of provocations seemed to be engineered by the anti-peace elements within the army with aim to derail the expected homecoming of Riek Machar to Juba. The anti peace generals from government side fears that they will lose their positions if the Transitional   Government of National Unity [TGoNU] is formed, so they plan to do everything possible to the derail it.

Andrew Olweny

Magwi County, EES

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  • Eastern

    Well, JMEC, IGAD and the other guarantors of the ARCISS seem not be reading some of these articles. There is already a stalemate between the partners as to whether they should have SPLA-IO cantonment areas outside the Greater Upper Nile region. Kiir and cohorts want to create the impression that the rebellions/clashes with armed actors outside the aforementioned region are not linked in anyway to SPLA-IO.

    Presence of SPLA-IO in Magwi has been vehemently denied by a one Nikalongo on this forum. Kisanga of the arrow boys has dissociated himself from the SPLA-IO. The folks in Mundri who waged a bitter campaign against the mathiang anyor - where do they belong? Those armed fellows who cut off the Wau-Tombura road, who are they if not members of the SPLA-IO?

    Denial, denial and more denial and counter accusations. Defections and counter defection. Are South Sudanese a cursed lot?

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