South Sudan

Machar, Taban forces clash as SPLA marches on Renk


The Shilluk militia in Upper Nile State known as Aguelek force, which is designated as a division of SPLA-IO in the state, has complained of SPLA troop movements, fearing possible attack.

Aguelek forces control most of the west bank of the Nile in the state under the command of General Johnson Olony, since his defection from the government army in April 2015.

Major Gen Nyagwal Ajak Deng, the group’s spokesman, told Radio Tamazuj that the South Sudanese government has been transporting heavily armed troops recently from Malakal to the west bank in Ditang, Lelo and Wadjwok areas.

He accused the government of planning to attack Shilluk areas in order to cause instability.

Nyagwal also reported similar movements of the SPLA force in Renk in order to attack their positions in Wadakona area.

For his part, Santo Domingo, deputy spokesman of the SPLA in Juba, dismissed these claims outright.

“No, there nothing like that, we do not have any movements there as we speak,” he said when contacted by Radio Tamazuj yesterday.

SPLA-IO accuses government troops of attacks in Unity State.

Government and opposition forces traded accusations over fighting in South Sudan’s Unity State on Saturday, raising tension in the area.

SPLA-IO spokesperson in Unity State James Yoach told Radio Tamazuj that the SPLA soldiers attacked their positions in the area.

Yoach said yesterday “the government forces have attacked Thikiel and Jagwer in the eastern part of Rubkuai in Mayendit County. On the southern side of Unity state, the government forces have been violating the peace agreement,” said Yuach.

For his part, Lam Tunwar, information minister in the proposed Southern Liech State, denied any skirmishes with the opposition forces.

Tungwar claimed that clashes erupted among the SPLA-IO forces in the state.

The local official pointed out that the clashes were between forces loyal to former first vice president and those allied to the newly appointed First Vice President Taban Deng Gai.

“The fighting was within the camp of the SPLM-IO not the government “he said.

“There was not serious fighting, but there were movements of the army because there are forces loyal to Riek Machar and another army loyal to the incumbent first vice president Taban Deng Gai,” he added.

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