SPLA accuse Dr. Machar of attacking Leer, IO denies
Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang addressing journalists at the SPLA headquarters on 23rd April 2018 (Photo by Morris Dogga)
By Morris Dogga
The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) has accused Dr. Riek Machar of ordering his forces to launch attacks in Leer town and other strategic SPLA military outposts.
The army Spokesperson Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang told journalists on Wednesday that Machar ordered his military intelligence based in Southern Liech State to start attacking Leer town.
He claimed they had gathered enough evidenced that Dr. Machar was ordering his forces on the ground to carry out attacks on government positions.
Lul said that about 5000 forces loyal to Dr. Machar assembled in Thonyor with an aim of attacking Leer, the surrounding villages and areas where the SPLA forces are present.
He further lamented that the fighters and other armed civilians willing to participate in the operations were ordered to take livestock and other war booties as their motivational gifts.
“The attacks were planned by Lt Gen. Simon Maguek and executed by Major General Gathuoy Thaak under the overall command of General Simon Gatwech,” he said.
However Lam Paul Gabriel, the Sudan People Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) deputy spokesperson denied the accusation levied against his group. He instead blamed the government of widening attacks on the SPLA-IO positions in Leer.
In an exclusive interview with Juba Monitor, Lam said the accusation against Dr. Machar by the SPLA were baseless.
He further claimed that the Government forces were “covering up their planned operations that is currently taking place in Leer and other areas.”
Lam also accused the SPLA for an attack that led to the disappearance of about twenty women in Leer whose whereabouts still remains unknown.
“It is SPLA who are fighting us…Three days ago the government forces attacked us in luol Payam where they took cattle and some ladies,” Lam said.
Lul called on the Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) to urgently investigate, verify and hold the violators of the caseation of hostilities agreement accountable, a call also echoed by the SPLA-IO deputy spokesperson.