Army Blames RPF for failure to protect aid workers

Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang (Photo by Morris Dogga)

By Morris Dogga

The army Spokesperson has blamed the regional protection force of failing to protect humanitarian aid workers in the country.

Addressing journalists on Wednesday, Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang said the government was ready was give protection to the humanitarian agencies in areas under its control.

But he the humanitarian agencies did not want the government give them escorts because they will be deemed biased.

This comes after several incidents involving the abduction of Aid worker in the former Western Equatoria Region and Yei River State.

“That should have been the responsibility of UNMISS where our services are not need. They are not doing anything to protect civilians especially the humanitarian workers…Some of these organizations are contracted or they are sub-contracted, implementing UN projects either for UNMISS or for any organizations. But they leave their sub-contractors vulnerable,” Lul said.

The RPF was supposed to provide protection to key facilities in Juba and the main routes into and out of the city. It will also strengthen the security of UN protection of civilians’ sites and other UN premises.

They were also mandated to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance and use all means to prevent attacks from any armed groups.

But Lul said the RPF of only concentrating their patrol in the city

According to Lul most of the attacks on the humanitarian agencies took place in “rebel control areas.”

“And the agreement says that…where you have no control, it is that authority with control in that place that is entrusted or would be entrusted with protection of whoever will be operating there.”

The UN mission in South Sudan is yet to respond to the accusation comment on this accusation.


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