Machar to evacuate SPLA-IO forces from civilian houses in Mundri

Machar to evacuate SPLA-IO forces from civilian houses in Mundri
Margaret Fozia Emmanuel and FVP, Dr. Riek Machar met in Juba (photo credit: FVP Press Unit)

First Vice President Dr Riek Machar has assured the Western Equatoria State government that he will evacuate his forces still occupying civilian houses in the area.

The assurance came when the SPLA-IO boss met with Mundri East Commissioner Margaret Fozia Emmanuel in Juba on Thursday.

She briefed Dr Machar about the security situation in the area and reminded him that the SPLA-IO forces are still occupying civilian houses, hotels, and public institutions.

“I briefed him on the general security situation in the county, particularly about the SPLM/A-IO soldiers who are plentiful but without food, as well as other issues such as some still occupying civilian houses and hotels, including county residents,” Ms Fozia said.

The commissioner said the revitalised peace agreement has directed all soldiers occupying public institutions and civilian places to evacuate private premises and their owners to come and repair them.

“I also informed him about the soldiers in the area who are still living in civilian houses, hotels, and other places, but the FVP Dr Riek Machar has promised to take action immediately to address some of these issues,” Fozia stressed.

According to Fozia, the soldiers living in the area were in dire need of food assistance.

“I sometimes look for food and give to them, and if I do not get it, then the chiefs in the area sometimes provide food for them but if all of us do not get it, now that is where the problem arises,” Fozia explained.

However, she said Dr Machar was optimistic and promised to address those issues to ensure peace returned to the area.

“What he promised me is that he was immediately going to talk to the generals there on the issue of occupying civilian places, and secondly, he promised to address the other issues raised.”

Fozia reiterated her commitment to continuing to promote peaceful co-existence in the area as a way of implementing the revitalised peace agreement.

She urged her people in the area to embark on peace and appealed to those still holding the guns to join the peace process.