South Sudan: More Fighting in Government Controlled Areas!
April 6, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — As many parts of the world commemorate Easter holiday, military confrontations, raids and communal feuds continue to escalate in government controlled zones in Upper Nile, Lake, Warrap and Central Equatoria State.
In Upper Nile state, fighting between the government troops and allied militias, under the leadership of Maj. Gen. Joseph Olony of South Sudan Democratic Movement (SSDM) continues to reign in Chollo kingdom.
Within the last five days, the SSDM and the minority Shilluck (Chollo) tribe have lost the second in command, Gen. James Bwogo Olew, his twelve (12) body guards, three (3) UN-World Food Program staffs and bridge engineers between Akoka and Malakal.
Gen. Obwogo was instantly killed on the first day, on April 1st, in an ambush laid by the government troops. The two groups-turned-foes had fought together for the last 15 months against the defected faction under the former vice president, Dr. Riek Machar Teny.
According to military sources, the ambush targeted the militia leader, Maj. Gen. Joseph Olony, who has fought the government from 2010 to 2013. Gen. Olony was recently accused by UK and partners of terrorism for recruiting child soldiers in Upper Nile, a call that was partially supported by Juba.
Gen. Olony was to be summoned at the army headquarters, Bilpam, in Juba last month for recruiting more than one hundred children in Upper Nile state to help the presidential guards and other allied groups to recapture Wadakona and Akoka counties from the rebels faction.
Although the yesterday fighting between the two groups subsided after a retaliatory attack by the militia was defeated to the West Bank by the government troops, numerous raids and indiscriminate killing of traders and civilians from the Chollo and Dinka Padang ethnic groups is still reported in Malakal, Melut, Tonja, Penyikang, Piji and Warjouk.
Latest reports from West Bank, allege that more than 600 troops under Col. Canwjuok Othow from Chollo has defected to join the SPLA/SPLM-IO. Attempts from Juba to reconcile the forces have so far failed.
In Warrap state, an inter-communal feuds between the Apuk Giir Thiik and Aguok sub-tribes of Dinka Community, yesterday, has left at least three dead and many others wounded.
Reliable sources verified that two people were killed from Aguok’s side, and one from Apuk while many others were injured from both sides.
The cause of the fighting between the two communities is yet to be identified, however, Aguok and Apuk communities have fought severally in the recent past.
In Lake state, a government official has confirmed that six policemen were shot dead on Sunday morning at around 4am by a fellow policeman.
According to the official, the assailant was also killed by other policemen who witnessed the tragic event. More than five other policemen were reportedly wounded.
The police force in Lake state had strike, fought the army and also fought armed youth in the state. Lake has been one of the most volatiles states in the country for the past two years.
In Central Equatoria, which hosts the national capital, raids and violence have ragged the outskirts of Juba, particularly at Jopa village. One person was reportedly killed, and many tukuls were burnt to ashes by a group of disgruntled Mundari youth.
According to Mundari chiefs, the youth were angered by attack on their cattle camps by a group that involved uniformed SPLA [Juba] soldiers.
The community accuses SPLA-juba of taking sides in issues that fit the host community against settled IDPs from Jonglei state.