Security Council to handle SPLA-IO wrangles, Tombura crisis

Security Council to handle SPLA-IO wrangles, Tombura crisis
Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual (L) and Gen. Johnson Olony (photo credit: file)

The council of ministers has referred SPLA-IO wrangles and Tombura insecurity to the country’s security council.

Information Minister Michael Makuei said the government’s security council had been tasked with solving insecurity issues raised in the wrangles between the Kit-Gwang faction and Dr Riek Machar-led faction as well as ironing out the teething Tombura crisis.

“The issues of Kit-Gwang and the Tombura, because these are security issues, have been referred to the security council for consideration,” he said.

On August 3, former SPLA-IO Chief of General Staff Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual declared himself the interim of the main opposition party in an attempt to ouster Dr Machar as the chairman and commander in chief of the party.

Immediately after the Kitgwang declaration, clashes broke out in Magenis of the Upper Nile region between First vice President Dr Riek Machar’s allied forces and those of the SPLA-IO breakaway faction led by  Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual.

The two sides have traded accusations blaming each other for starting the fight that resulted in the killing of two generals and over  30 soldiers.

The split within SPLA-IO has drawn the attention of both regional and international bodies, which said if not solved, the party fights could drag the peace implementation process especially the implementation of security arrangements.

Meanwhile, the protracted inter-communal violence in Tombura County has displaced over 80,000 people since the conflict broke out in May 2021.

Early this month, a security committee formed by Joint Defense Board (JDB) was dispatched to the area to talk to the forces fighting there and ensure they are relocated to the training centres in Maridi.

Peace monitoring body that comprised Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Mechanism, verification and Monitoring (CTSAM-VM), Reconstituted Joint Monitoring Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC) and the United Nations (UN) had also visited the area to assess the security situation on the ground.