Armed opposition vows to work for peace

By Mangu Mark

A senior commander of South Sudan National Liberation Movement (SSNLM) in Yambio, Brig General Abel Dominic Banga said  his forces are still committed to the peace agreement despite the killing of their leader.

Brig Gen. Banga said all SSNLM forces are under control and they have been relocated to the cantonment area in Birish and Yambio stadium to avoid misunderstanding.

“Our relationship with the government and the SPLA leadership remains the same despite the incidence where one of our officers was killed with some of his bodyguards,” he said.

Brig. General James Kibila Bingo, one of the commanders of the South Sudan National Liberation Movement was reportedly killed in Yambio together with some of his bodyguards earlier September when he resisted the SPLA military order.

Brig. General Banga said his forces will not fight the state government again, but they are waiting for their graduation though the process will take long.

He disclosed that he had talked to the armed youth in Ri-Rangu and the group have agreed to respect the citizens and work for peace.

In response, the speaker of Gbudue state assembly, Victor Edward Kpiawandu who is also the chairperson for the SSNLM graduation said, the process for the graduation of the SSNLM is only waiting for approval from President Salva Kiir.

The South Sudan National Liberation Movement (SSNLM)  signed a peace agreement with Gbudue state under the former  governor Major General Patrick Raphael Zamoi.

However, Brig Gen. Banga reiterated that he was committed to peace with the state government, though its implementation is very slow.

“I understand the ongoing economic crisis even paying the civil servants is problem, but the state government should not  prolong the implementation of our 2016 peace agreement,” Brig. General Banga said.

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