CTSAMVM condemns NAS attacks in Lobonok

By Wek Atak Kacjang

The Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Verification Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMVM) has condemned violent attacks by the National Salvation Front (NAS).

This is following recent confrontations between NAS forces and South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) which occurred two weeks ago in Lobonok payam Central Equatoria State.

Speaking to the Press yesterday during a meeting with Technical Committee (TC), the CTSAMVM Chairman Maj. Gen Teshome Gemechu Aderie said the meeting will remain focused on the update of the permanent ceasefire which remains largely in text with no verified clashes between the party’s signatories with permanent ceasefire. However, there are also opening clashes between NAS forces related to Thomas Cirilo and forces of SSPDF in central Equatoria.

“The frequency of the incidents involving NAS has increased and the geographical spread has been expanded. We also continue to receive reports of tension and intently in the areas of Morutu, Karawa, Buri and Adijo case by major General Moses Lokujo’s forces. It is early that the Major General has chased the army, civilians from the area and it is hard for them to deliver their goods to trade in the area,” Maj. Gen Teshome said.

He added that the training center needs access to receive goods from civilians which is being hindered by this general’s forces.

“We are in this meeting to devise a peaceful mechanism and soon they will give us an update on the implementation of tasks especially on the start of cantonment and training as well as graduation of necessary and unified forces,” Maj. Gen Teshome emphasized.

He revealed that there is no violence report to be discussed today.

“There is no violence report to be discussed today but we welcome your comments on what we are going to present. Your comments will enable us the TC to make realistic and good reports which will be a good recommendation to be the board of Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation commission (RJEMC) which will facilitate implementation of R-ACRSS and I look forward to having a consultative and successful meeting.” Maj. Gen Teshome added.

Major General Martin Abucha, representative of SPLM-IO said they are hearing the continuous and increasing confrontations between NAS forces and SSPDF where NAS forces attacks are under Moses Lokujo who was once affiliated to SSPDF before he defected to NAS and is attacking training centers and others around Kajo-Keji.

“We did not expect it to be happening in this time unfortunately we are seeing increase in violence,” Major General Rabi Mujung Emmanuel said.

Major Gen Rabi is the SPLM-IG representative who added that it is bad for them to hear from time to time the clashes between NAS which is affiliated to SSOMA when RToGNU is in negotiation with SSOMA to have the lasting peace in the country.

Major General David Nyang, who is the representative of Former Detainees (FD) said he really appreciates the report of violence.

“Our experience shows that such activities sometimes occur maybe if not from the leadership but from the individual level but we will try our best to make sure that one day this clashes will come to an end,” Major Gen David Nyang said.

Major General Peter Bior, the representative of South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) said it is good that an effort to ceasefire, it is not enough when the people are still suffering in the refugee camps and also in the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps.

“We cannot be happy if there is violence because we have a hard time in front of us. I am very deeply concerned about the violence of forces directly under Moses Lokujo. This time we expect that all the people should come back home and rehabilitate their livelihood which unfortunately did not happen,” Major General Peter said.

Two weeks ago, South Sudan people’s Defense Forces (SSPDF), armed opposition movement allied to South Sudan Opposition Movement Alliance (SSOMA), and the National Salvation Front (NAS) traded counter-accusations over an armed confrontation incident which occurred in Lobonok area.

The reports indicate that people died including six civilians in and others captured following the incident of the last two weeks during the confrontation of the forces. Both NAS and SSPDF are accused among others of attacking its tactical base in an area around Lobonok.

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