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We are not going to stop fighting – Gen Thomas Cirilo

Prominent South Sudan rebel and National Salvation Front (NAS) leader, Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka said he will not  stop fighting against the government of President Salva Kiir which he said believes in the power of bullets.

Cirilo was speaking to the US-based Vice News on Friday.

Kiir, Machar do not fit to govern South Sudan – opposition leader

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit, and prominent opposition and SPLM-IO leader, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, do not fit to government South Sudan according to a holdout opposition leader.

In September, Mr Kiir and Mr Machar signed a revitalized peace agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to end the ongoing five-year old brutal civil war.

 Gen. Malong still in control of his officers

A group of rebel officers who defected last year from the South Sudan United Front and Army (SSUF/A) to the government have rejoined the Malong-led rebel movement,

Last year, a group of military officers led by Ajang Ajang who claimed that he had ousted Malong joined the government of President Salva Kiir Mayardiit accusing Malong of rejecting to negotiate a peaceful settlement to the ongoing conflict with the South Sudan government.

Speaking to whisper eye media team from the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Saturday, Deng Chapath Makuach, a senior member of the SSUF/A said four rebel officers who defected to Malong last year rejoined the movement and that they met Malong in Nairobi to confirm their loyalty.

“Those are officers who defected with Ajang last time. All of them came back to General Malong. They [include] Col. Peter Lual Dut Lual, Lt. Col. Wol Mayen Makak Mayen, Lt. Col. Deng Dut Agiu Deng, Lt. Col. Thiep Thiep and Lt. Col. Aleu Anyuon Deng,”

“The army who went to Juba with Ajang [Ajang] came back to SSUF with the exception of Chan Garang and Ajang Ajang himself only.

They came two weeks from now,” he added.

UN says militiamen loyal to FVP Taban raping women near Bentiu

The United Nations said in a report on Friday that armed men and militia group loyal to the First Vice-President Taban Deng Gai continues to carry out brutal sexual violence with “pervasive impunity” and a level of “premeditation” in the norther region of Unity.

The report of the investigation jointly conducted by the U.N. Human Rights Office and the U.N. Mission in South Sudan said at least 134 women and girls were raped, including some as young as eight, between September and December last year.

Rape still endemic in South Sudan’s Unity state despite peace: U.N.

Rape and sexual violence against women and girls as young as eight is still widespread in northern South Sudan despite the signing of a peace deal to end the civil war in September 2018, according to a U.N. investigation published on Friday.

The report by the United Nations human rights office and the U.N. mission in South Sudan recorded 175 cases, mainly rapes lasting hours by multiple uniformed and armed men, just between September and December 2018.

US will only fund peace implementation if holdout opposition groups are included – official

The United States’ Trump Administration is ready to fund South Sudan’s peace process if and only if the government and fellow signatories of the revitalized agreement find a room to include the holdout opposition groups.
The government of President Salva Kiir Mayardiit in September last year signed a revitalized version of a 2015 peace agreement to end the five-year old conflict with opposition groups in Addis Ababa.

Over 3,000 children released from armed groups in South Sudan: UNICEF

At least 119 children were released by an armed group in South Sudan on Tuesday, bringing the total number of those freed since the conflict began in the country to over 3,100, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) said in a statement.

48 girls were among the group, with the youngest being 10 years old.

Over 5,000 South Sudanese flee fresh fighting

More than 5,000 South Sudanese have sought refuge in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo as fighting intensifies between government troops and the rebel faction led by Gen Thomas Cirillo, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday.

“Over the past few days, thousands of desperate people have been crossing the border to escape fighting and violence against civilians in Yei River State in Central Equatoria,” UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch said.

General Cirilo forces clash, 13 civilians, 7 soldiers killed 

The security situation in the Central Equatoria has now deteriorated to the point that region returned to war as before the signing of the revitalized peace agreement. Repeated clashes have become the rule.

South Sudan army clashes with unknown rebel group in Northern Bahr Al-Ghazal

South Sudan army on Saturday reportedly clashed with unknown rebel group in Northern Bahr Al-Ghazal state.

Sources have told whispere eye media team that the clashes occurred on Saturday morning south of Kiir Adem area causing panic among the civil population.

“They were fighting on Saturday morning.  We knew the South Sudan army was involved, but with who,  we didn’t know,” the source who declined to be named told the Nyamilepedia.

Museveni in Addis Ababa

 President Museveni on Saturday arrived in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa ahead of the 32nd Ordinary Summit of the African Union Heads of State and Government.

Shortly after his arrival, Mr Museveni tweeted saying the summit will focus on the refugee problem and how the continent can tackle it.
“ I met Mr Farid Fezoua and Mr Alexander Oketch, officials of General Electric (GE) Africa. Besides the other engagements the government already has with GE, we shall also partner in developing and equipping our hospitals,” he said.

SPLA-10 recalls its Generals to base. All is not well in Juba

A confidential report seen by whisper eye media team reveals how the security arrangement of the recently signed Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan(R-ARCiSS) was fudged during the recent meeting at the Palm African Hotel in Juba.

If verified to hold, the violation could set major stumbling blocks to implementation of the peace agreement.

According to the report, on February 2nd, 2019, the Security Arrangement Mechanisms led by Gen. Koang Chuol and Gen. Jok Riak held an important meeting at Palm Africa Hotel in Juba to agree on the number of cantonment sites and training centres for the would-be national army of South Sudan.

3 dead as Ethiopian helicopter crashes at UN compound

The United Nations says three crew members are dead after an Ethiopian military helicopter crashed inside the compound of the U.N. peacekeeping mission for the disputed Abyei region on the Sudan-South Sudan border.

The statement says 23 passengers were on board when the helicopter crashed Saturday morning while carrying Ethiopian soldiers. Ten passengers are injured, three in critical condition.

Defecting SPLM-IO diplomat arrives in Juba, says ‘Riek has failed us’

 A defecting SPLM-IO diplomat who left the main armed opposition group last month has returned to Juba this afternoon accusing SPLM-IO leader, Machar, of failing them.

Last month, Yohanis Musa Puok, SPLM-IO Representative to the state of Qatar accused Machar’s wife, Angelina Teny, of illegally controlling the movement’s affairs.

Dr Riek Machar to return to Juba May

South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar is planning to return to Juba in May under a power-sharing deal that a UN envoy said Tuesday offered the “best chance” of ending the war.

UN envoy David Shearer met last week with Machar in his exiled home in Khartoum to discuss plans for a transitional government that will pave the way to elections, under the terms of a peace plan signed in September.

General Thomas Cirilo rebels control positions despite attacks

The holdout National Salvation Front led by Thomas Cirilo said on Saturday they have managed to repel attacks on their positions by the government forces during the past five days.

The rebel group recently reported several attacks by the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF) on its positions in Yei River State and accused Juba of violating a cessation of hostilities agreement.