Activist calls for deployment of forces to curb tensions in Jonglei, Upper Nile

Activist calls for deployment of forces to curb tensions in Jonglei, Upper Nile
The chairman of Jonglei Civil Society Network (JCSN), and the Executive Director of Intrepid South Sudan (ISS), Bol Deng Bol. [Photo: Courtesy]

A civil society activist is calling for the deployment of government forces to protect Fangak, Pigi, and Malakal counties from the fighting pitting Kitgwang against Agwelek forces.

Bol Deng Bol, the chairperson of the Jonglei Civil Society Network (JCSN), claims that he has a report of mobilisation among communities allied to Agwelek and Kitgwang forces.

“We call on the government to deploy forces in Fangak, Pigi, and Malakal to curb the tension and usher in an environment for dialogue,” Bol said.

Last week, the head of the Agwelek delegation in Juba, Paul Achot Achobek, said Olony had accepted President Salva Kiir’s call to return to the capital.

“He was supposed to be in Juba many months ago, but the delay was from the government,” he stated.

“What’s going on now in Panyikang County is for the control of the border between South Sudan and Sudan to block a lifeline route for the opposition groups that seek regime change. Gen. Olony wants our national government to take control of these borders before he comes to Juba.”

But the spokesperson of the Kitgwang faction said Gatwech had ordered his forces to observe restraint and only act in self-defence.

“There [are no hostilities] between the two forces (SPLA-IO Kitgwang Declaration and Agwelek Division). “Our Chairman and C-in-C Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual ordered his forces not to carry out an offensive unless through self-defense,” Gach stated.

On Wednesday, President Salva Kiir Mayardit called on Olony to come back to the country and contribute to the implementation of the peace agreement after he met with the Agwelek advanced team.

The president said he would call a presidency meeting so that insecurity in Upper Nile would be discussed to devise solutions to it.

On September 9, 2022, it was reported that the death toll of clashes in Adhidhiang Island IDP Camp, had risen to 17.