Arrow Boys Commander In Chief Responds To Kiir’s Amnesty

The Commander in Chief of the SSPPF/Arrow Boys, Charles Kisanga on Wednesday arrived to Juba as a response to the recently issued amnesty by President Salva Kiir to South Sudanese armed forces fighting against the government.
The arrow boys are a number of armed groups in Western Equatoria, who have been fighting the government.

On arrival at the Juba International Airport, Kisanga thanked the President for issuing out the amnesty.

I take this opportunity to thank our President H.E. Gen Salva Kiir Mayaradit for his tiresome quest for peace despite the naked truth that war went into areas where it should not have expanded like Peaceful Western Equatoria and my effort was mostly to reverse this also and I thank him for is amnesty offers and continued reconciliation efforts.. Hence I give my unequivocal support to the President as a brother whom I have worked with before in solving such issues and I am more than ready again to join hands together to achieve a genuine peace from within,” said Kisanga.

He also emphasized that his return marks the end of war in Western Equatoria.

“This marks the end of any war in Western Equatoria or Greater Equatoria Region between the government and the arrow-boys. There is an amnesty now and we need peaceful co-existence in South Sudan so that they can build peace in the country,” Charles Kisanga said during his arrival

The leader of the arrow-boys, Mr. Kisanga switched several times from SPLM to the SPLM-DC where he became the first Secretary General of the Opposition party before South Sudan got independence. Mr. Kisanga declared his defection to the SPLM main party shortly and disowned Dr Lam Akol of the Democratic Party (DC).

In Western Equatoria State, Mr. Kisanga was appointed as the Information Minister but when relieved from the post he quickly joined the SPLM-IO leadership of Dr Machar with a handful of arrow-boys vowing to overthrow Kiir’s regime.

Upon his return to Juba, Kisanga said he has talked out the grievances of the Equatoria people to the government adding that the grievances will be solve peacefully without taking arms against the government.

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