As the Battle cry of the Dr. Riek Machar and SPLM-IO towards the SPLM/A in Juba from the Sudanese capital Khartoum. There are new reports that shows the movement on the ground as the loyalty to Machar comes in W. Equatoria, battles between forces in Bentiu, Sudan warning SPLM-IO as using the Sudan as launching pad to oust Kiir Government, supposed bases of SPLM-IO in DRC/Nord-Kivu and Dr. Lam Akol has created his own rebel group!
Battle in Bentiu:
“Goc Machar, military spokesperson of the SPLA-IO faction in Unity State, told Radio Tamazuj that forces loyal to President Salva Kiir attacked their forces in Rubkona area yesterday morning. He pointed out that about three soldiers were killed from their side and several others injured in clashes. Goc claimed that they also killed dozens of government soldiers. Meanwhile, Weirial Puok, member of the armed opposition faction claimed that the government forces attacked their position near Bentiu town, but they were repulsed. He said yesterday. “There were clashes today after the government forces attacked our position near Bentiu, but our forces managed to repulse the attackers,” said Pouk” (Radio Tamazuj, 2016)
Western Equatoria the SPLM-IO won’t accept Gen. Taban Deng Gai as FVP:
“The approval of the cantonment areas for Greater Equatorial region will never bring peace because Cantonment is not the real grievance that made us to go to the bush, and fight against the regime of SPLM under the leadership of Salva Kirr,” party reads the statement signed by Brigadier General John Sunday Martin, SPLA (IO) 3rd Brigade Commander, Division 9 based in Western Equatoria” (…) “We will neither accept any transitional Government without Dr. Riek Macher being part of it, nor accept cantonment areas in Greater Equatoria without Dr. Riek Macher being part to the Transition Government,” the statement declared” (Sudan Tribune, 2016).
More intelligence on battles between the parties:
“There have been clashes in and around Morobo border town, but it has intensified on Monday morning when the government forces according to some people who left Morobo town heading to Kaya said the armed men have overrun the military garrison and have burnt all the buildings in Morobo military garrison” (…) “Further report said Morobo was captured at dawn by the heavily armed men, mostly believed to be the local youth who have taken up arms against the government after members of their families were either killed or arbitrarily being kept in detention by government security forces” (…) “In similar development, Amadi in Western Equatoria, is reported to have seen heavy fighting between government forces and unknown gunmen since last weekend. It is predicted that in a matter of days if not weeks before the armed men will capture it from the government forces according to the report coming from Amadi” (…) “Groups of armed men fighting in the area have predicted that government forces are now overstretched with no resources, they predicted that without fresh recruitment from Equatorian regions joining the Dinka-centric army, this has left the government in a very vulnerable and weak position; the government could no longer afford to send their exhausted and malnourished militias from Bahr el Ghazal to every corner to protect the Dinka interests” (Swaka, 2016).
Sudan won’t support SPLM-IO:
“Sudan is a key member of the tripartite committee set up by the regional block IGAD to follow up the implementation of South Sudan’s peace agreement” (…) “Sudan wouldn’t allow any armed opposition to be launched from its territory against South Sudan” (…) “Sudan’s top diplomat underscored his country’s keenness to achieve peace in South Sudan, saying peace can’t be achieved in the two Sudans unless it was achieved in the other country” (…) “He said that Sudan under the leadership of President Omer al-Bashir was the first country to recognize the independence of South Sudan, pointing to the joint history and interests between the two nations” (NewsAfricaNow, 2016).
Are the bases of SPLM-IO in North Kivu?
“The fear is that this presence was not explained by the government authority. We know that MONUSCO cannot be allowed to bring in foreign population on Congolese soil without the government’s agreement” (…) “As notables, it is our duty to warn. We just make a call for a general mobilization for greater vigilance in Walikale, Masisi and Nyiragongo and in Goma. This call is also addressed to the population that must require the government to repatriate these South Sudanese rebels in other African countries” (…) “We believe make a call to a sit-in outside the governorate of North Kivu Friday, September 30, 2016. We believe that the time is not well suited to receive these rebels among us” (…) “said focal point notables of North Kivu” (Actualite, 2016).
Is this Dr. Lam Akol’s new military outfit?
“Akol, according to a statement issued over the weekend, has named the new rebel group as National Democratic Movement (NDM) and said that his aim is to overthrow by all means the government of South Sudan under the leadership of President Salva Kiir” (…) “The National Democratic Movement was born to wage the struggle, together with others in the field, against the totalitarian, corrupt and ethnocentric regime in Juba that is bent on dragging our country into the abyss,” the statement reads in part” (Eagle.co.ug, 2016)
The stories keep piling with the reports. The Continuing bickering and constructive malfunctions of trying to institutionalize as the fragmented peace-agreement withers into thin air. The battles of Benitu, in Unity and other regions the bloodshed is happening. As the Government and rebels collide; the power-struggle of President Salva Kiir and former FVP Dr. Riek Machar continues with the price of the stability of a whole nation. With the cost of innocent civilians and their livelihoods! As so many as a 1,000,000 has fled the nation and that should mind-boggle the world and question to what extent society is destroyed to let this happen.
What make this more worrying aren’t only the battles between armies and soldiers. It’s the implications of the MONUSCO in the movement of Dr. Riek Machar to Sudan; how Sudan is trying to deflect and say “We are not accepting these rebels here, but still let Machar speak here”. While this is happening there are rumours and they might be true as certain borders are very open as the North Kivu might have a new rebel group or guerrilla in the name of SPLM/A-IO so they can move back and forth to South Sudan. This proves that Dr. Riek Machar goes back to the steps of the past as the rebels have gone to neighbour countries with bases there until they have weaken the government they want to overthrow. The same did even Mugabe, Kagame and Museveni back in the day. History is sometimes goes in cycle.
Though the President Salva Kiir does not only have to get rid of SPLM/A-IO also the new NDM that sounds like bad knockoff sounds-system, but surely Dr. Lam Akol are a serious fellow and wouldn’t do something like this without a general concern.
President Kiir has lots of work to do and has now a new civil war on his hand. Seems like the men are battling for supremacy again for the war-torn republic; the wars of Sudan and South Sudan continues as the SPLM-N are continuing to fight in Darfur, while SPLM-IO either has bases in North Kivu or in Sudan. Even as the South Sudan are having trouble with the SPLM-IO inside the borders where they show loyalty to Machar and not FVP Gen. Taban Deng Gai. This proves the volatile situation and how concerning the reports of today are.
This cannot be hidden under a stone. That is vital and sure that the innocent is suffering for the power; as the struggle of these two men who want to rule and be in power. Peace.
Actualite – ‘Nord-Kivu : Les notabilités appellent à manifester contre la présence des rebelles Sud-soudanais’ (26.09.2016) link: https://actualite.cd/2016/09/26/nord-kivu-notabilites-appellent-a-manifester-contre-presence-rebelles-sud-soudanais/
Eagle.co.ug – ‘South Sudan former minister forms new rebel group’ (26.09.2016) link: http://eagle.co.ug/2016/09/26/south-sudan-former-minister-forms-new-rebel-group.html
NewsAfricaNow – ‘Khartoum says won’t serve as launching pad for armed S. Sudanese opposition’ (26.09.2016) link: http://newsafricanow.com/2016/09/khartoum-says-wont-serve-as-launching-pad-for-armed-s-sudanese-opposition/
Radio Tamazuj – ‘Government and opposition clash near Bentiu town’ (25.09.2016) link: https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/government-and-opposition-clash-near-bentiu-town
Sudan Tribune – ‘SPLA-IO in W. Equatoria rejects calls to assemble in cantonment areas’ (26.09.2016) link: http://sudantribune.com/spip.php?article60356
Swaka, J. Roberts – ‘Morobo, Yei River (Equatoria) State, reportedly has fallen to SPLA-IO’ (26.09.2016) link: http://www.southsudannation.com/morobo-yei-river-equatoria-state-reportedly-has-fallen-to-spla-io/