By Tereza Jeremiah Chuei
The South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) has denied the allegation of having formed a joined operation with Agwelek forces under Gen. Johnson Olony and attacked the armed civilians (White army).
This has come as a response to the statement by Kitgwang faction under Gen. Gatwech Dual accusing the SSPDF and Agwelek forces of joint operation.
Speaking to No.1 Citizen Daily Newspaper, the Spokesperson of SSPDF Maj. Gen. Lul Ruai said that, SSPDF are operating on their own without any alliance with Agwelek forces as claimed.
“What I know is that our regular armed forces were dispatched to the area to restore law and order, we are not in alliance with Agwelek forces, we are operating in our own,” Lul said.
Meanwhile, US ambassador to South Sudan Michael J. Adler said during the Human right day that, “it is clear that political actors in Juba bear responsibility for much of the violence in Upper Nile State and must act to end it,”
However, the UN children Agency (UNICEF) has said that the renewed fighting in Upper Nile has displaced between, 22,000 to 40,000 people from Kodok areas of the western bank of the Nile River.
The reports added that the families continue to cross to the border of the neighboring Sudan in such of safety, others fled to the South towards Malakal where more than 2,600 (that is on rise) sought shelters after years of violence in the region.
On the same note, the Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism, (CTSAMVM) has revealed plans to investigate the reported clashes in Upper Nile State.