Several officials from the proposed Bieh State on Sunday have sought shelter in UNMISS following heavy fighting between SPLA and SPLA-IO in Juba, according to opposition spokesman Manawa Peter Gatkuoth.
Speaking to Radio Tamazuj, Gatkuoth said the governor of Bieh State Bol Kong, his deputy Gen. Taban Joth and the speaker of the state legislative assembly sought shelter in UNMISS compound.
He added that Gen. Charles Lam, the commander of SPLA-Kiir faction Division 3 also sought shelter in the UN compound after reports that he has defected and joined the opposition fearing that he could be targeted by government forces.
MOGAE calls for ceasefire
The Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) H.E. Festus Gontebanye Mogae and Former President of Botswana, has appealed for immediate cessation of hostilities in South Sudan, and an immediate return to the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS).
The Chairperson of JMEC has reacted with regret to the reported fighting in Juba, which has not relented in the past two days.
He has called on the parties to the conflict to exercise restraint to avoid any further loss of lives and destruction of property.
E. Festus G. Mogae has expressed his condolences to the families of those killed in the renewed fighting.
He has also expressed concern at the large numbers of people reportedly being displaced, compounding the dire humanitarian catastrophe that the country faces.
The Chairperson of JMEC regrets that failure to respect the permanent ceasefire by the parties would significantly undermine the 2015 Peace Agreement for South Sudan.
He expressed his earnest hope that his ongoing efforts to engage President Salva Kiir Mayardit and First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon will yield positive results, in de-escalating the conflict, and ensuring the expeditious implementation of the Peace Agreement.
E. Festus G. Mogae has appealed to IGAD, AU, UN and the International community to assist South Sudan in every manner possible, during this difficult period, in particular to secure stability and ensure the provision of humanitarian assistance to the people of South Sudan.