South Sudan Government Says Is In Control Of Unity Oil Fields

UNMISS supporting a WFP food distribution and providing medical assistance to the displaced people in the UN compound in Bentiu. Sunday, 22 December 2013. [UNMISS/Anna Adhikari]

But government Spokesman Michael Makuei told press in Juba that government forces are also on the move to attack Bentiu in order to get rid of Riek Machar’s forces in the oil rich region.

On Saturday forces loyal to Dr. Riek Machar, South Sudan former Vice President after rebelling last Sunday took full control of Bentiu town.

Machar said he is now in full control of the oil fields in Unity State.

“Riek [Machar] claims to be in full control of the oil fields. This is not true,” Makuei said, adding that, oil in Upper Nile State is flowing and in Unity oil fields, work is temporary only stopped. He said Riek is only in control of Tharjath oil fields which is one of the largest in South Sudan.

“Our forces are organizing and they are moving towards Bentiu and we will flash them out – of Bentiu,” Makuei said.

Makuei reiterated President Salva Kiir’s voice on Monday that SPLA are yet to launch massive operations on Bentiu in an effort to get rid of Riek’s forces.

Last Sunday, government accused Dr. Riek and other ex senior government officials of attempting to over throw Kiir’s government in a coup d’état. 

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