October 5, 2020 (Thessherald)–The SPLA-IO’s Military Spokesperson, Brig. General William Gatjiath Deng has alleged that the SSPDF forces are planning to launch a military offensive against opposition troops in their defensive positions across the country.
The comes amid reports of clashes between the SSPDF and SPLA-IO forces in Kajo-Keji County, Central Equatoria, an area that has become a hotspot in recent days.
“The South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF), escalated again another attack on the SPLA (IO) forces at the same training centre at Moroto, this morning at around 7:00AM, East African Time,” said Brigadier General William Gatjiath Deng.
Gatjiath claimed that the SSPDF forces were forced to fight back in self-defense and killed dozens of attackers.
“The SPLA (IO) forces led by Cdr.Brig.Gen Peter Wal Chuol, responded with an excessive force and the attackers undoubtedly repulsed, pursued and desperately scattered in disarray with a big lost both human and military equipment left exposed at the war field.”
“The leadership of the SPLA (IO) has learned that the regime is currently plotting a serious move to jeopardise the already fragile peace agreement championing in Juba with little hope to end the deadlocks or meet expectations and it’s true that the regime is not ready to end the long suffering of the people of South Sudan since they still ordering multiple attacks on the SPLA (IO) military garrisons.”
“CTSAMM, or Verifications team, were sent from Juba two (2) days ago to “Moroto” in order to checkout what had happened at the training centre and of course, the team got concrete evidences from the field commanders as they found dead bodies and even those who were caught lives at the war field and they went back to Juba knowing that the regime has been the ones carried sporadic attack on the SPLA (IO) base and the team had promised that there would be no more attack against your bases.”
“The movement wouldn’t allow such kinds of inconveniences created purposely by the regime to end the movement, therefore, we must act boldly once we are attacked.”
The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement / Army (SPLM/A-IO) called on the CTSAMVM carry out an investigation into the reported incidents in Kajo-Keji.