S. Sudan’s peace in limbo as SSPDF forces clash with SPLA-IO troops
Sept 28, 2020 (Thessherald)–The SSPDF forces and opposition troops have traded accusations over a breach of a Permanent Ceasefire in Kajo-Keji County, Central Equatoria.
Lam Paul Gabriel, a senior opposition officer and Spokesperson for the SPLA-IO reported that their forces came under heavy attacks by SSPDF soldiers this morning, resulting in the death of dozens of soldiers on both sides.
“This morning the 28/09/2020, at about 6:00AM, the SPLA-IO reconnaissance unit along Kajo Keji-Morobo road was attacked by forces loyal to Maj. Gen. Moses Lokujo who recently defected to the SSPDF. This reconnaissance unit was deployed after Lokujo gave four (4) days ultimatum to the SPLA-IO forces in Kajo Keji to vacate Morota Unified Training Tentre and Kajo Keji area or face his current combined forces,” Lam explained.
“It should be noted that the SPLA-IO is not against the defections of Lokujo as it is his individual right and freedom of choice, which the leadership cannot dictate upon. However, this intended circle of violence and conspiracies aimed at derailing the implementation of the Security Arrangements will only bring more suffering to the citizens of this country than good.”
The main armed opposition group called on the CTSAMVM – a peace monitoring body – to independently investigate the matter before the situation gets out of hand.
“The SPLA-IO urges the JMCC and JDB to quickly arrest the situation in Kajo Keji so that the suffering civilians there, will go back home and continue with their normal lives. The SPLA-IO also calls upon the CTSAMVM to investigate this violations and bring those responsible to book.”
The SPLM/A-IO said it remains committed to the Permanent Ceasefire signed by the parties.
“The SPLA-IO remains committed to the implementation of the Peace Agreement. Peace.”