Malong-led group denies looting commercial truck in Raja

Malong-led group denies looting commercial truck in Raja
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The South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A) has denied allegations that its forces have looted commercial trucks near Raja, in Western Bahr el-Ghazal State.

On Saturday, South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) Infantry Division Five’s commander in Wau, Maj. Gen. Abraham Gum Makuac, accused the group that is affiliated with Gen. Paul Malong, of allegedly looting 45 tons of rice.

The drivers of the trucks were wounded in the process.

But in a rejoinder, SSUF/A denied these allegations saying that they have never looted from civilians.

“Since the inception of the SSUF/A in 2018, our invincible forces have never been involved in any plundering of civilian properties,” SSUF/A spokesperson Col. Philip Deng Kuol Nguot said.

He claimed that their forces are guided by principles and will continue to respect the rights of citizens in the country, describing the claims as propaganda against the SSUF/A.

Deng asserted that SSUF/A has no forces in the areas of Timsa, as alleged by the Raja authorities.

“We would like to vividly take this position to assure the public and peace facilitators that the SSUF/A, led by Gen. Paul Malong Awan, has no presence or forces contained in the aforementioned area,” he said.

 He called upon the public to disregard the information connecting SSUF/A to violence and looting.

“We urge the general public and peace-guaranteeing parties to regard Gen. Abraham Gum’s state-sponsored anti-peace statement as unfounded and baseless assertions,” Deng stated.

He added that SSUF/A would remain committed to ensuring peace prevails in South Sudan and urged the SSPDF to cease propagating against SSUF/A.