South Sudan President Salva Kiir has ordered a probe into the alleged Terrain hotel killing in July.
It was alleged that SPLA soldiers in uniform attacked the hotel during the July incident leading to the killing of journalist John Gatluak who worked for Internews.
Kiir has ordered the forming of a six – member committee through a Republican order to investigate the matter.
The decree dated 16th August was read out during a press conference in Juba by Deputy Justice Minister, Martison Oturomoi, who chairs the committee.
The committee is tasked to investigate the alleged killing, rape and looting of property and come up with recommendation.
SPLA denies using child soldiers
Meanwhile, the SPLA Spokesman of Kiir’s army has told the National Courier that blanket allegations levelled against them by the UNICEF of child recruitment are untrue.
Lul Koang Ruai was responding to a statement issued by the U.S. in which it demanded that the government and rebels stop recruiting and using child soldiers.
The US said, “individuals responsible for the unlawful recruitment or use of child soldiers for armed groups or forces may be subject to sanction under U.S. law and may be targeted for UN sanctions.”
Lul said the SPLA does not recruit or use child soldiers. He labelled the UNICEF report as “malicious lies” and US threats as unjustified bullying tactics.
UNSC diplomats expected in Juba
The Diplomats of the United Nations Security Council are expected in the capital Juba to assess the situation on the youngest state.
The visit comes after council approved deployment of 4000 troops to be part of UNMISS peace keeping force.
The UNSC’s 15 Diplomats will be in Juba on three-day visit.
At the centre of their visit is a council resolution approved last month to send 4000 additional troops to secure capital, Juba.