YAMBIO – JUL/01/2015, SSN;
A deadly clash erupted yesterday morning between local youths of Western Equatoria State and SPLA army identified as recent trainees of the Dinka-only militia Mathiang Anyor in Birisi Boma of WES.
This came after South Sudanese army (SPLA) chief of general staff, General Paul Malong Awan, had given orders, instructing government soldiers in Western Equatoria state to shoot anyone resisting his directives.
“You must deploy to stop this and if they refuse, shoot them. It is not up to them. You must stop it,” General Paul Malong told government soldiers predominantly members of the ethnic Dinka on a visit to Yambio town, scene of fighting, over the weekend.
It’s now revealed that the mainly ethnically dominated Dinka militia, the same as the militia that allegedly committed the December 15, 2013, killings of the Nuer tribesmen in Juba, has a newly established base in Western Equatoria State for training more Dinka militia associated directly to the chief of staff of the SPLA.
The fighting happened when the SPLA units (mostly Dinka) went on a purge and attempted to arrest local youths in Birisi village. The youths refused the arrest considering it as tribally charged.
Reportedly, in a period of two days, the SPLA opened fire on the crowd of youths killing dozens of the local Azande youth. The local youths responded in kind with few rifles in hand killing two militias and wounding one. The militas were advised to return to the barracks by the local unit commander.
Late afternoon yesterday, the militias and SPLA officers came back and retaliated randomly shooting at Boda Boda riders. Two Boda Boda riders died in the scene with another sustaining serious injuries(pic).