SPLA-IO commanders demand Machar’s return to the bush

Oct 8, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Inspector General of the Unified Police, John Jock Gai has requested the IGAD, the African Union and the Troika to give the green light and allow Dr. Riek Machar to visit cantonment areas and brief SPLM/A-IO forces on the stalled progress in the implementation of the peace agreement.

Last month, the SPLA-IO Chief of Staff, General Simon Gatwech Dual issued a press statement, calling upon IGAD and other peace guarantors to allow Machar to visit cantonment areas.

“I do hereby express my concern and second what SPLA-IO Chief of General Staff requested that our chairman and commander in Chief of the SPLM/A-IO & FVP Dr. Riek Machar Teny to come to where SPLA-IO forces are [stationed] in order to brief us about what is going on in the Revitalized Peace Agreement,” said the SPLA-IO Inspector General of the Unified Police, John Jock Gai.

“We the SPLA-IO forces do not know why the IGAD, AU and the TROIKA do not allow our chairman to visit us. If we are not part of that peace in Juba, we want the SPLA- IO forces to be clearly informed if there is new developments,” said General John Jock Gai.

“It’s now about a year since the Revitalized Peace agreement was signed and we have seen the implementation stuck which signify a delay tactics and lack of political will from those who don’t want peace to be fully implemented in South Sudan.”

SPLA-IO forces are ready and on alert about things that are going on in Juba, since 2013 up to now, the SPLA-IO forces have been in the bush and have endured to stay ready together with the peace loving people of this Country and this cannot be altered by the love of money. We have learnt the attack that was carried out by the SSPDF against the SPLA-IO forces in Moroto training centre at Kajokeji while its part of the peace agreement for all the warring forces to observe cease fire and gather the training Centers across the Country.”

“The SPLA-IO wanted to know why the SSPDF attacked our forces at the training Centre? It has been stated clearly by SSPDF Spoke person Maj. Gen Lul Ruay Koang that the forces are different though they are in the same training centers. SPLA-IO forces are for peace and have stayed observing their part of ceasefire that was singed as part of the Revitalized Peace Agreement while SSPDF continue to attack SPLA-IO forces.”

“We therefore call upon our Chairman and Commander in Chief H.E. First Vice President of Republic of South Sudan Dr. Riek Machar Teny to come and brief the SPLA-IO Forces. We are. in full respect of Peace and our forces will always be ready to defend itself from any kind of attacks.”

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