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South Sudan: Tension Mounts as Riek Machar Men are Killed

South Sudan is teetering on the verge of a possible military conflict after First Vice President Riek Machar’s camp warned it could not tolerate increased killings of opposition security figures.

Machar retains command of an armed force based in Juba but is largely headed by former SPLA commanders and intelligence officials.

In recent months, approved says opposition spokesperson Colonel William Gatjiath Deng, security forces have fired shots at Machar’s car and also killed a senior intelligence figure.

Deng alleged that National Security agents shot the car of the 1st Vice President at Gudele road on June 16, 2016.

He further revealed that more gunshots were aimed at the car of opposition commander, John Mabiek Gaar at Mongateen on June 19.

Deng pointed out that Lt. Col. George Alex Sandra who belongs to the opposition was killed while having a conversation with his brothers on July 2 before his body was taken to Juba Teaching Hospital.

Highly placed defence officials say President Salva Kiir recently ordered Special Forces to remain on high alert amid fears of a possible coup attempt.

The country three years ago slipped into war following a foiled coup plot by Machar.


While Machar denies having planned to overthrow the government, he was able to rally armed forces across the country that forced President Salva Kiir to negotiate for a peaceful settlement.

Defence sources say in the last few weeks, government has increased deployment of troops in Juba in preparation for any eventuality.

“The government thinks they are surrounding us but we are ready for them,” said a high ranking opposition figure who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely.


Meanwhile, SPLA continues to undertake military operations against rebel FDP/SSAF forces in and around Torit, Eastern Equatoria.

The FDP/SSAF is led by Hon. Gabriel Changson Chang.

On June 24, SPLA forces reportedly attacked the rebel movement’s forces around Loronyo areas (18 KM from state capital- Torit) in Eastern Equatoria, leading to an unknown number of casualties.

The movement’s spokesperson Col. Mario Loliwa Bertino told ChimpReports on Wednesday that SPLA went to attack the rebels on June 28 around Labalua Mountain.

“On 01st July 2016, the SPLA forces attacked our FDP/SSAF forces in around Loronyo in Eastern Equatoria. Our forces managed to enter to Torit town, Capital city of Eastern Equatoria State and managed to control the fire brigade headquarters and took more than 42 AK47 and other military equipments before withdrawing from the town,” he added.

This website could not independently verify the rebel’s claims of victory over SPLA.

The rebel movement says it is fighting for a “South Sudan that is federally and politically united, democratically governed, culturally harmonious, socially just, economically prosperous, environmentally rich, and secure in its sovereignty enabling all South Sudanese leaves peacefully to pursue their dreams.”

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