May 30, 2020 (Thessherald)–The main armed opposition group, SPLM/A-IO dismisses accusations that it forces had involved in cattle raids in Pariang and Warrap, according to a press statement issued Thursday by Deputy Military Spokesperson, Lam Paul Gabriel.
“It has come to the knowledge of the SPLA-IO command that its forces in Unity State has been accused of carrying out cattle raids in Pariang and Warrap yesterday 27/05/2020 by some anti peace elements from the defunct Norther Liech and Ruweng State. This defamatory lies towards the SPLA-IO will not solve the real problem on the ground.The SPLA-IO does not raid cattle.”
Lam stated that the SPLA-IO forces do not raid cattle and will never get involved in cattle rustling that has long existed between the Dinka and the Nuer communities.
“It should be noted that violence between cattle keeping communities in South Sudan existed long before the SPLA-IO; and therefore, pointing fingers at the SPLA-IO at this peace time, shows how blind we have become in this country. Community violence is the responsibility of every South Sudanese. Solving this unneccessary violence requires a national approach with sincere hearts but not politics.”
The SPLM/A-IO accused an unnamed group of politicians of encouraging and inciting issues that could reignite another conflict in the country.
“It is both shameful and disappointing that at this time when peace is being implemented, some politicians are still beating the drum of war in the country. The SPLA-IO remains committed to the peaceful implementation of the R-ARCSS, and no amount of negative propaganda can change that.”
Last week, the Secretary-General of the defunct Ruweng State, Victoriano Ngor Chuang, alleged that the raiders were led by a group of military commanders.