South Sudan President Salva Kiir has written IGAD Chairman IGAD and Ethiopia Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, explaining incidents that unfolded on July 7-11, 2016 in the capital Juba.
In a letter dated July 12 and publicised by National Courier, Kiir [writing with a heavy heart] explains to Desalegn that the incident started at 8:30pm when a force from first vice president Riek Machar commanded by Lt. Col. David Rieu attacked a checkpoint at Gudelle area in Juba.
The checkpoint was manned by an integrated force from the SPLA and other organised forces and it resulted into the death of four soldiers [2 SPLA and 2 National Security Personnel] and a medical doctor.
Kiir then says he called Machar on July 8 to discuss the security situation and form a committee to investigate the matter.
“However, the first vice president arrived at the presidential palace, escorted by a huge force in 21 mounted vehicles accompanied by an ambulance in which fire arms were concealed. They deployment of this force in and around the presidential palace created tension among the forces,” writes Kiir.
At 5:15pm, Lt Col David Rieu who is not a member of Machar escort team arrived at the palace provoked a situation and immediately shot dead a presidential guard.
“Thus this unfortunate situation erupted into crossfire that lead to the loss of over three hundred  soldiers in total,” Kiir confirmed.
Kiir says all the same, he protected Machar and ensued his safe passage to his home
He also instituted an investigation committee to be headed by the Minister of Interior Hon Ladu Gore, which would report back in 10 days.
On Saturday and Sunday, Machar forces overrun a checkpoint on Juba-Yei road renewing heavy fighting in the capital
On Monday July 11, Machar’s forces again attacked a checkpoint and were repulsed, pursued hence abandoning their camp.
Kiir assured IGAD that he was committed to implementing the peace agreement signed in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
The letter is copied to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Sudan Leader Omar al-Bashir, Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta, Ismail Osmar Geulleh, The President of Djibouti and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the President of Somalia,