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Pres. Kiir, Resign as you’re unfit to lead South Sudan: Letter from Canon Clement Janda

Open Letter: General Salva Kiir Mayardit,
Presi.dent, The Republic of South Sudan
Juba, dated Feb/20/2018.

Dear General Kiir Mayardiit,

I greet you in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. On the occasion of this Lent season, I have chosen to communicate to you on the important issue of managing or Country.

As we are all aware, you have been our leader for 13 years, since July 2005,. As it is very clear, the country is worse off now than when you started.

There is no chance of the cuntry getting better than now as it’s descending deeper and deeper into the pit.

For this reason, I am appealing to your Christian conscience to do what brave leaders do just like President Zuma of South Africa did and the Ethiopian Prime Minister.

Please, my brother in Christ, RESIGN NOW AND LEAVE another South Sudanese to take oer the leadership of our Country.

I appeal to you not to listen to the likes of (ministers) Michael Makuei and Martin Lomoro, who would rather tell you “things are well” when in fact nothing is going right.

I wish to remind you that you have never enjoyed a cordial relationship with Dr. Riek Machar right from the beginning.

So, no miracles will happen to allow you share power with him. So both of you must give South Sudan the chance to move on without any of you.

Since in your scheme of mind, any appointment must be filled by thinking of a Dinka first, a Nuer second and may be a Chollo third, if only people like Natanial Oluak were alive.

(Do you recall a joke you told me in January 2010 at Yei Air Field, about appointment of a Commissioner for Abbiyei?

You said, “The Jallaba did not want a Dinka or a Nuer to head the Abbiyei Commission.”

If only Nathaniel Oluak were alive, they might consider a Collo! So, you asked me if I was the angel that the Jallaba would accept?!

Since therefore, any appointment must be given to a Dinka first, please pick a good and upright Dinka and hand the reign of power to him/her.

Please, do not give it to somebody who is anti-social, very selfish and is near you.

The world is watching to see whether you are capable of salvaging something of your legacy as the leader who brought independence to South Sudan.

But now is the time to give leadership to somebody who will bring peace and prosperity to South Sudan.

I trust that you can take that bold step during this Lent season of 2018.

Sincerely in Christ,

(Signed)
CANON CLEMENT JANDA
Comrade-at-Large

South Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC) condemns Govt. violations

PRESS RELEASE: FEB/12/2018;

SSNMC Condemn Government’s Continuous Violation of Cessation of Hostilities. SSNMC would like to condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our ally’s defensive position in Nasir by government troops.

On Monday morning, the 12th of February 2018, our colleagues from the SPLM/SPLA–IO reported that their defensive position in Nasir was attacked by government troops without any provocation.

The government not only violating the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed on 21st December 2017, but also disregarding, disrespecting and providing no credibility to the High Revitalization Forum current taking place in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Since the signing of the Cessation of Hostilities on the 21st of December 2017, the government has continuously violated the agreement on numerous occasions in Upper Nile, Equatoria and Western Bahr El-Ghazal.

There had been indiscriminate attack against unarmed and innocent civilians across the country. Provision of humanitarian assistance to the famine-affected population continuous to be horrendous. This clearly manifests
government’s lack of care for the country and for the people.

Sincerely, SSNMC ask the Government of South Sudan to use this opportunity if it is serious about the country and the entire people of South Sudan.

SSNMC expects the government to engage the oppositions actively, discuss and resolve conflict in good faith, without intransigence, offering concessions and demonstrating political will to channel a new political dispensation for South Sudan.

SSNMC is committed to the peaceful resolution of the conflict in South Sudan. Hence, SSNMC appeal to the IGAD-Plus to take significant and practical steps to ensure the government of South Sudan is serious about peaceful resolution to the conflict in South Sudan.

IGAD-Plus should not continue to lay blanket blame on all parties but should hold spoilers responsible for their actions.

Contact: Daniel Zingifuaboro
Phone: +61474047016
Email: si.ssnmc@gamil.com
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Statement on South Sudan’s current Peace Process and Political situation in the country

Phow State Civil Society Organizations
Date: 16/02/2018

To: All media outlets. In the name of Almighty God, God of Peace and Mercy;

South Sudan embroiled itself into civil war in mid Dec 2013. As a result of that political and armed conflict, thousands of innocent civilians have so far lost their dear lives. Millions others more are already displaced now SUFFERING internally in the country as IDPs and in neighboring countries as Refugees.

We, Phow State’s Civil Society Organization groups, would therefore like to seize this golden opportunity today to express our views and voices on South Sudan current disturbing political situation. We need peace to return to South Sudan!!

It has now been almost five years since January 2014 when IGAD took regional initiative to mediate peace talks first between the two main warring parties in order to bring about peaceful settlement in South Sudan. But all in vain!

Today, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Peace talks between the opposition coalition and Juba government are still ongoing through IGAD-led High Level Revitalization Forum on ACRISS. We are really optimistic that these latter talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will be fruitful. As we call for peace in the country we also urge the region and the world to decisively act on the below narrated issues which in our views are some of obstacles preventing peace from happening. Let’s be brief, precise and straight to the points.

First, Phow State’s Civil Society Groups condemn the following in the strongest terms possible:

1. The acts of South Sudan Peace obstructers and violators who are continuing attacking amidst peace Revitalization e.g. the recent Sobat, Nasir, & Yei River States attacks.

2. The act of Kenya Government who kidnapped and deported James Gatdet, Aggrey Idir, Dong Samuel and Marko Lokidor and then handed them over to South Sudan Government in Juba.

3. Unlawful, tribal and politically-motivated verdict of James Gatdet Dak death sentence announced on Monday 12 of Feb 2018.

4. The meaningless and irrational political confinement of Dr. Riek Machar Teny in South Africa.

Second, we support the regional and International Community in the following:

1. Continuous initiatives to bring about lasting peace to South Sudan through ongoing High Level Revitalization Forum on ACRSS in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

2. Recent America’s Arms restrictions sanctions, EU and other sanctions on South Sudan government.

3. We support and encourage any other country in the world to do the same.

Third and finally, we the entire population of Phow State Civil Society Organizations demands:

1. The regional and International Community to decisively mount punitive measures on South Sudan Peace obstructors and violators. The world should step up measures to end impunity in South Sudan.

2. Unconditional and immediate Release of Dr. Riek Machar Teny from detention in Pretoria, South Africa. Dr. Machar is an influential popular leader whose presence is badly needed for successful peace process in South Sudan.

3. IGAD to stand up and find out the actual whereabouts of Agrery Idiri, Dong Luak and Marko Lokidor who were arrested and deported back to Juba, South Sudan, by Kenya Government. We want to know whether or not, they are already killed or still alive and in the hands of Nairobi or Juba? We will expect from IGAD an urgent public feedback on this issue or push for those four men immediate release. Phow State alone recently released fifteen (15) prisoners of war to ICRC and then ICRC handed them over to Juba government as stipulated in CoH agreement signed on 21 Dec 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

4. Therefore, on the same token, let the other side or Juba unconditionally release as well from its custody the opposition prisoners of war, those detained or arrested for reasons related to this conflict and all political prisoners including James Gatdet Dak, Mako Lokidor, Dong Samuel and so on and so forth.

5. All parties to the conflicts which are concluding the HLRF second phase in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to immediately agree and sign peace for South Sudanese people.

6. We also call upon the region and UN Security Council to immediately impose Arms Embargo sanctions on South Sudan and on all individuals peace abstractors and violators.

Because peace will to come without imposing arms embargo or individual sanctions on South Sudan to stop unnecessary buying and bringing in of deadly weapons which are being used against the civil population across South Sudan.

Signed:
Peter Gatkuoth Nuar
Chairperson
Phow State’s Civil Society Organizations
Email: gatkuothpeter44@gmail.com
Copy to:
• ICRC
• IGAD
• AU
• China
• Troika (United Kingdom, the United States of America and Norway)
• EU
• UNSC
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Unfair Justice: South Sudan Government & Kenyan Allies should be held accountable for the life of James Gatdet Dak

PRESS RELEASE:

The South Sudan’s human rights groups in the Diaspora call upon the South Sudan government to drop all charges against, and release unconditionally, Mr. James Gatdet Dak, former journalist and spokesperson of the South Sudan Liberation Movement -In Opposition (SPLM-IO) with an immediate effect.

On 12th February, 2018, James Gatdet Dak, was sentenced to death penalty on charges of treason and war incitement against the government of South Sudan by the rogue regime in Juba after spending one year in detention. Dak was innocently accused and his imprisonment was only politically motivated by his affiliation to an opposition group.

James Gatdet Dak was kidnapped on November 4th, 2016 at his residence in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, by the Kenyan authorities after his comments on his Facebook page regarding the dismissal of Mr. Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki, a Kenyan citizen, working as a commander of the United Nations’ forces in South Sudan.

Mr. Kimani was dismissed on allegations of failing to protect civilians during clashes on July 8, 2016 in Juba between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and the opposition forces under Dr. Riek Machar.

The Kenyan authority acted in an irresponsible manner by violating the international law for refugees’ protection by deporting James Gatdet Dak to South Sudan regardless of his refugee status.

Dak’s judgment is a total violation of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan article 19.6 which stipulates a right of any accused to defend himself/herself through a lawyer of their own choice.

Dak’s verdict was pronounced few months after his defendants walked away in protest of unfair trial conducted by the South Soudan high court.

The court is also dishonoring the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) Article 8.3 of demobilization signed on December 21st, 2017, which states that all the political prisoners and detainees shall be released within 14 days after the signing of the agreement.

The government of South Sudan needs to demonstrate its commitment to freedom of expression and the protection of civilians instead of conducting politically motivated prosecutions.

Real leadership is needed if Kiir’s regime is to convince South Sudanese and the world that his government is genuinely supporting public opinions and the freedom of press for pursuit of peace.

The human rights groups call on South Sudan government to respect its own constitution and the recent CoHA to release all political detainees and to give room for peace to prevail in the country.

South Sudan human right groups in the Diaspora call on the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), U.S congress, European Union, IGAD, Troika countries, African Union, all the international human rights organizations, Faith based groups and human rights activists to use their power and immediately intervene and stop the politically motivated prosecutions on James Gatdet Dak by the Juba regime.

Sincerely yours,

Alliance for South Sudan in Diaspora – Dr. George Phillip Imuro. imurot@yaoo.com
Global Partnership for Peace in South Sudan – Theresa Samuel, gappss.info@gmail.com
Human Rights activists – Simon Deng, sdengkak@yahoo.com
Nile Peace Development Relief Agency USA – Dr. Gatluak Deith, gatluakdieth757@gmail.com
South Sudan International Advocacy for Human Rights (SSIAHR) – Peter Gatkuoth W. Kuel, peterkuel@yahoo.com

Kenya, Uganda accused of prolonging South Sudan war

By KEVIN J KELLEY, THEEASTAFRICAN, JAN/30/2018, SSN;

Kenya and Uganda are aiding to prolong the four-year-old civil war in South Sudan by serving as conduits for arms to combatants, a United Nations official said on Monday.

“The responsibility to prevent atrocities is regional and international,” Adama Dieng, the UN special advisor for prevention of genocide, told VOA.

“It is true that large quantities of weapons and ammunition are flowing into South Sudan through Kenya and Uganda.”

Mr Dieng said peace will be achieved in South Sudan only “if we have concerted regional and international efforts to leave no further options to the South Sudanese leaders to stop and start negotiating.”

“International partners have to start targeting the accomplices, intermediaries of the South Sudanese parties,” Mr Dieng said.

“Welcoming refugees who are victims of a conflict they are de facto facilitating is not good enough,” he added.

Arms trafficking

Mr Dieng did not indicate whether the governments of Kenya and Uganda are directly involved in arms trafficking to South Sudan. He also did not say whether the weapons are intended for the country’s military or rebel forces — or possibly both.

The UN panel of experts reported last November it had obtained documentary evidence of a cargo flight containing 31 tonnes of weapons that arrived in Entebbe, Uganda, in August.

Kampala-based Bosasy Logistics was listed as consignee for the shipment which was said to have originated in Bulgaria. The arms were to be transferred to South Sudan, according to unnamed sources cited by the UN experts.

Mr Dieng’s contention that Kenya and Uganda are fuelling the war in South Sudan follows a comment by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley last week that “it is past time for the leaders of Uganda and Kenya to get involved and put pressure on President Kiir”.

Kenya and Uganda “are key players in the success of a true peace process,” Ms Haley said in a speech to the UN Security Council.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also recently warned South Sudan’s neighbours against taking sides in the civil war.

While not naming Kenya or Uganda, the UN chief told an African Union gathering in Addis Ababa on January 27 that it is essential to ensure that “any contradictions that might exist among the neighbours of South Sudan are not translated into an influence in the internal situation of South Sudan.”

PRESS RELEASE: Statement on the High Level Revitalisation Forum (HLRF) by the Equatoria Community Organisation in the United Kingdom (ECO-UK)

Date: 21 December 2017:

The Leadership of Equatoria Community Organisation in the UK (ECO-UK) welcomes the commencement of the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) aimed at reaching a sustainable peace in South Sudan. ECO-UK would like to thank the international partners; the IGAD, TROIKA, and the EU who are working tirelessly to enable the HLRF to succeed.

We urge all parties to HLRF to approach the peace talks with an open mind, flexibility, respect for each
stakeholder, and a spirit of inclusivity with the goal of reaching a peace agreement that is acceptable to all.

However, we note with concern the position paper of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan, which has a negative tone and portrays a sense of intransigence that is in sharp contrast to the attitude of the other parties to the talks.

It is in this context that we feel compelled to speak and point out some of the basic misconceptions in the Government position paper and its whole approach to the HLRF. These misconceptions include:–

1. Approach to the idea of “Revitalization”: Given the widely accepted view that implementation of the ARCSS (Agreement on Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan) has stalled, to put it mildly, one of the key stated aims of the HLRF is to revive and modify the Agreement to reflect current reality and help reverse its failure to stop the conflict in the country.

This entails “amendments of key elements of the ARCSS to reflect the current political and security challenges facing the country” as correctly stated by the TROIKA (17.12.2017). The Government of the Republic of South Sudan should not insist on “not renegotiating the ARCSS” if it is serious about bringing peace and alleviating the suffering of our people.

In order to breathe new life into the peace process, key elements of the agreement will need to be amended/renegotiated.

2. Veto: No one party should have a veto to the peace agreement/process. The international community should assess such a party carefully, and if its position is deemed to be unreasonable, then there must be consequences for that party.

The Government’s threats to derail the process should be assessed in that context.

3. Participation: In a further indication of its lack of seriousness, the Government has included in its delegation individuals who have been sanctioned for their well-evidenced role in obstructing peace in the country. We hope that this is not an expression of the Government’s intentions towards the success of the HLRF.

4. Parallel Initiatives: All parallel initiatives by the Government are a distraction to achieving real peace and a deliberate strategy to deflect attention from the total failure to bring peace to, and govern, the country. These include: the national dialogue, unification of SPLM, the creation of 32 states in the country.

The ONLY way to achieve peace is through an internationally supervised and independent peace process involving all stakeholders – not through processes spearheaded by a Government that has been shown, time and again, to
be targeting and callously killing its own innocent citizens.

5. Failed Government: The Government’s claims to legitimacy are tenuous, to say the least, and totally unjustified. It has long since discarded the rule of law and constitutional legitimacy, given that ARCSS has collapsed in all but name.

The Government has failed and deliberately sabotaged the ARCSS; it has failed to govern the country; it has failed the people of South Sudan and it is responsible for the worst humanitarian catastrophe on earth.

A government that does not care about the suffering of its people and has wrecked the economy does not deserve to remain in power. Moreover, without the principal peace partner since July 2016, the current transitional government is illegitimate and it has retained power through the use of brutal military force.

Therefore, it should give way to a new inclusive transitional national government that will make a fresh start and bring much needed hope to the people of South Sudan.

Federico Vuni
Chairman, ECO-UK
Email: federicovuni58@gmail.com
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Commemoration of the 4th Anniversary of Dec/15/2013 Juba Nuer Genocide

From: NUER COMMUNITY GLOBAL BOARD (NCGB), DEC/10/2017, SSN;

Nuer Community Global Board (NCGB) is a universal body comprising of Nuer Community Leadership across the globe. On this date, the NCGB Organisation is hereby informing the Nuer community leadership and its members, as well as the general public about the upcoming December 15, 2017 commemoration.

The fourth anniversary of Juba Nuer GENOCIDE, “December 15, 2013, is the day when the Nuer Genocide and other ethnic cleansing among South Sudanese nationals were introduced in South Sudan” by the very government. From December 15th – 19th, 2013, the Nuer tribe of South Sudan had straightaway lost more than twenty thousand 20,000 innocent lives including children, women, unarmed men and elderly people from the hands of South Sudanese President in Capital Juba.

Nuer as a tribe was targeted according to their ethnicity and identity (i.e. their traditional six marks on the forehead and Language).

It was very destructive for President Kiir to train a private militia from his own Dinka tribe without the knowledge of other government officials that held from other 63 tribes, simply to use them against Nuer and other minor tribes.

December 15, 2013 Juba Nuer Genocide is beyond description, it was not only an evil act; it was an event that was full of atrocities similar to the “1994 of The Rwandan Genocide”.

Chalk and Jonassohn defined Genocide as murder, attempted murder, sexual violence, torture, impaling, slicing tendons, cutting off breasts, and disemboweling pregnant women, among other acts of brutality”.

Whereas the Nuer tribe were brutally killed in a very humiliating way, including burning children alive, people buried alive, women being forced to eat their husband’s dead flesh, gang rapes and boys being castrated. Additionally, their bodies were being collected around the city using trucks to be dumped into the river and into mass graves.

The evidence above indicated that the AU report was unfair and due to the fact they defined this brutality as a “massacre”, while many reports indicate this as exceeding the level of “massacre” and reached that of ”genocide”.

Moreover, the main purpose of this statement is to increase awareness and instruct the community on how the fourth anniversary of December 15, 2017 will be globally commemorated. The NCGB is urging its members from all corners of the world to wisely follow these instructions in accordance.

Significantly, the commemoration will take place in two consecutive days, which will be Friday of December 15, 2017 and Saturday of December 16, 2017, where these two days will be for prayers, and services ceremony respectively.

In addition, our global leaders have agreed to use the same logo (new logo) on the commemoration dates. It is therefore recommended that every Nuer community member that is attending the ceremony wear a print T-shirt that has the new logo both in the front and back printed.

Our ultimate goal is to educate South Sudanese nationals, and the entire world about the “December 15, 2013, Juba Nuer Genocide” and feasibly recognise it as a national ceremonial day for South Sudan and calling for it’s amendment into the constitution.

Because, once it’s put into the constitution, it will help in preventing further atrocities by the government from being practiced on other tribes or groups in the future. As this ‘GENOCIDE’ will be used by other countries in the continent, as well as the world in general as a reference.

Last but not least, the NCGB leadership is sending its condolences to the families of victims who had been brutally slaughtered by the Government of South Sudan in Juba December 15, 2013.

“We Will Never Forget December 15, 2013”
Thanks
Yours Sincerely;
Signed by;
1) Maduk Muon Kuony, both Chairman of NCGB and National Nuer Community of Australia.
2) John Gatloth Madeng, deputy Chairman of NCGB and National Chairman of Nuer Community in Sudan.
3) Sam Simon Mayen, Chairman of Nuer Community in South Sudan.
4) Mai Kaway Deng, Chairman of Nuer Community in Uganda.
5) James Gatwech Deng, Chairman of Nuer Community in Egypt.
6) Bol Duop Nyout, Chairman of Nuer Community in Kenya.
7) William Deng Chang, Chairman of Nuer Community in UK.
8) Wal Bichiok Wur, Chairman of Nuer Community in Netherlands.
9) Dak Pal, Chairman of Nuer Community in Norway.
10) Koat Diw Gach, Chairman of Nuer Community in Belgium.
11) Simon Tairdor Mach, Chairman of Nuer Community in Canada.
12) Puoch Jal Nyien, Chairman of Nuer Community in Ethiopia.
13) Simon Dang Mathiang, Chairman of Nuer Community in Denmark.

Author Kuir ë Garang launches his new book: “South Sudan: The Dying Optimist in Me.”

For Immediate Release: Book Launch & Presentation: South Sudan & the Crisis of Leadership
(Calgary, Alberta)

South Sudanese author, poet and political commentator, Kuir ë Garang, will be launching his new book, South Sudan: The Dying Optimist in Me, on December 15, 2017 (6 pm-8 pm) at Calgary, Alberta, Genesis Centre, Multipurpose Room A. He will also be hosting another event at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, on December 30, 2017 (3pm – 6pm).

Garang will be presenting and leading the discussion on the crisis of leadership, the ongoing civil war, and the possible way forward for the South Sudanese community at home and abroad.
Garang is a prolific author, poet and political commentator whose writings and research focus on South Sudanese politics, race issues, the horrors of war, and the challenges of living in multicultural societies.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from McGill University and a Master’s degree from Athabasca University, Garang has turned his negative experiences into externalized introspection. He attempts to advise the youth not to be discriminatory through his fair-minded and critical articles. He’s also a regular contributor to the Lagos-based Television Continental (TVC). He’s appeared on CBC Radio, featured on Calgary Herald and Winnipeg Free Press, and quoted in East African Newspapers regarding South Sudanese political issues.
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“We have been autonomous for nearly 10 years and independent for nearly five years but we’ve not put in place any semblance of institutional structures that make a nation functional. Kiir and Riek will sign the peace deal once each one of them gets the required bargain. That’s all that matters to them — power.”
~Kuir ë Garang (quoted in The East African)

“The inspiration behind most of the poems in Twilight Murders, Garang’s eighth self-published book, were issues of identity and the refugee experience, whether it be in Kenya, Ethiopia or Calgary.”
~ Calgary Herald, 2016
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South Sudanese and all interested parties are invited to take part in this open intellectual environment to discuss some ideas about the ways forward in the South Sudanese community.
www.kuirthiy.com

NDM Forces Clashed with Government forces in Yeri, between Mvolo and Mundiri, Western Equatoria

THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT (NDM), NOV/28/2017
Press Release

The NDM forces in the Central Front under the command of A/Cdr. William Madit Francis engaged the enemy in Yeri yesterday, Monday the 27th, November.

The battle was a result of an unprovoked attack launched by the enemy on our troops. In the battle enemy was
repulsed leaving behind six (6) of its soldiers dead on the ground and our gallant forces captured nine (9) AK-47 rifles and other military Equipment.

The NDM revolutionary forces lost two martyrs and sustained (8) wounded in action. The attack comes at a time when Juba is talking about ceasefire, while escalating military confrontations against the revolutionary forces across the country.

The international community need to be cognizant about the fact that, the regime in Juba
is not interested in peaceful resolution of conflict in South Sudan and is determined to
pursue military option against the opposition forces. The dictator and his ethnocentric
regime must be diplomatically isolated and pressured to invest in peace. Glory
and honour to our fallen heroes and quick recovery to our wounded comrades.
Long live the struggle of our people
Long live South Sudan
A luta continua
Ambassador; Emmanuel Aban
For/ the Spokesman
National Democratic Movement (NDM)

Machar’s SPLA-IO Rebels behead two on Uganda-South Sudan border

By SCOVIN ICETA & FELIX WAROM OKELLO, Sat.NOV/25/2017, DailyMonitor, Kampala, Uganda;

MOYO- Gunmen suspected to be members of Riek Machar’s Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In-Opposition (SPLA-IO) have beheaded a clinical officer and a boda-boda cyclist on the South Sudan-Uganda border district of Moyo.

Police in Moyo confirmed that the two, a Ugandan and a South Sudan national, were killed while two others sustained serious injuries after being ambushed laid by suspected SPLA-IO rebels.

According to the police, the incident happened about three kilometres inside Uganda.

“I can confirm to you that one Ugandan (boda-boda) and staff of ARC had their heads cut off. The survivors who sustained injuries were rushed to Moyo Hospital for medical attention but our forces are already on the ground,” Mr Denis Ocircan, the Officer in Charge of Moyo Police Station said.

The border areas stretching from Kaya to Jale areas are under the control of SPLA-IO that is loyal to former South Sudan Vice President, Dr Riek Machar.

Police identified the dead as Julius Taban, 47, a clinical officer working with American Refugees Committees (ARC) providing health services in Internally Displace Peoples camps in Kajo-Keji County, South Sudan and Mr Muhammad Chandiga, 32, a Ugandan boda-boda rider and resident of Afoji village in Moyo Sub-county.

Mr Jackson Pena and Henry Geriga, both South Sudanese refugees at Morobi Zone II Camp in Palorinya Refugee Settlement camp in Moyo District are receiving treatment at Moyo Hospital.

Mr Rahiman Dubu, the brother of the late Chandiga said his brother had gone to pick the clinical officer from Jale checkpoint.

“The beheaded bodies were dumped in the bush while the heads were placed on the road. We found the body in the bush about 100 metres from the roadside,” Mr Dudu said.

The SPLA-IO Deputy Spokesperson, Col. Lam Paul Gabriel told Daily Monitor that the SPLA-IO does not attack civilians but protects them from the atrocities done by government forces.

“The incident that happened between Afoji and Jale is an act of cowardice and crime from government forces and their militias to destabilise civilians along the border so that the government of Uganda can blame the SPLA-IO,” Col Lam said.