SPLA Denies Killing Of Civilians

Lieutenant General Kuol Diem Kuol. More than 2,600 people have been killed in Jonglei in the past 18 months, according to the United Nations. [Gurtong | File]

He said the command sent a unit to Kothchar from Gumuruk to check the road between Gumuruk and Gumuruk Mountain and after walking for two hours to the top of the mountain, rebels fired and the army managed to killed 11 of them and captured three guns and one of the SPLA was wounded and is now transferred to Juba for medication using the United Nation Mission In South Sudan (UNMISS) helicopter.

The incident happened on the 4 December and the commander said that the situation is in control as the area is getting dry to facilitate the easy movement of troops.

Kuol said the first mission was to fight the renegades and to disarm the civil populations.

“We have been fighting with the renegade Dak Kueth who was with Late George Athor, so we will continue to fight renegade and disarms civililian populations,” he said.

He said the disarmament in Pibor County was not stopped by anybody it was just because there where water everywhere in Pibor County which made movement difficult.

He said there are some elements within ethnic communities of Jonglei state who are not yet disarmed but the time will come where SPLA will call for those guns. 

He said always went SPLA killed the rebels it is always turned that the SPLA killed the civilians.

The County Commissioner, Joshua Konyi claimed to the AFP on Monday about the killing of 14 civilians in Gumuruk.

“They collected 15 of them, and when one person ran away, they killed seven there on the spot and took seven people to near Gumuruk and killed them,” commissioner told AFP. He added, basing his information on reports from the settlement.

David Yau Yau defected from SPLA in May and joined the late Goerge Athor to fight the government of the Republic of South Sudan before the Independence of South Sudan, he then joined the SPLA after referendum and become the member of South Sudan army and defected again for the second time after the death of Athor.

In this year he begun rearming his community and started fighting the SPLA in Likuangole Payam.

South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation after winning independence in July 2011 after decades of war, is struggling to maintain a fragile peace in the face of militia forces and an often unruly rebel-turned-regular army.

More than 2,600 people have been killed in Jonglei in the past 18 months, according to the United Nations.

Peter Gazulu, Pibor’s former human rights commissioner, insisted that those killed last week were not with the rebels.

Over 600 people were massacred in Jonglei’s Pibor area after an 8,000-strong militia force went on the rampage last December, according to UN, although local officials reported the figure to have been even higher.

Jonglei was one of the areas hardest hit in Sudan’s 1983-2005 north-south civil war, which ended in a peace deal that paved the way for the South’s full independence.

But the new nation is awash with guns, while heavily armed communities that were once pitted against each other during Khartoum’s rule remain rivals.

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