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SSPDF declares war against forces of discharged General Stephen Buay Rolnyang

Maj. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, SSPDF spokesperson

The Army spokesperson Maj. Gen Lul Ruai Koang has announced that surgical offensive operations will continue in order to bring to justice forces of discharged former SSPDF General Stephen Buay and his field commanders including, Lt. Gen Gai Machack, Maj. Gen. Gatluak Majok and their juniors.

“The leadership of SSPDF would like to announce assurances that surgical offensive operations will continue in order to bring to justice bandits’ field commanders including Spiritual Leader Lt. Gen Gai Machack, Maj. Gen. Gatluak Majok and their subordinates.

Maj. Gen. said Commercial flights should continue with their usual operations since rebels operating in and around Mayom do not have capacity to shoot down aircrafts.

Asked about update from Mayom County,Unity State, Maj.Gen Lul says,”On July 22, 2022, “bandits” loyal to discharged former army General, Stephen Buay Rolnyang penetrated Mayom town, succeeded in eliminating the County Commissioner along with 11 others and set ablaze his residence and on July 26, 2022, the same group ambushed SSPDF convoy that comprised of three vehicles killing scores of servicemen along with two civilians, wounded two others and burnt down the trucks.”

The Army mouthpiece denied the allegations that Maj. Gen. Keribeno Ruai Tap, Commander of 4th Infantry Division, Brig. Gen. Kugar Yar, Military Intelligence Chief and Brig. Gen. Chabak Machiek Gatpan, Commander of 11th, Infantry Brigade were arrested in Mayom and flown to Juba.

“On July 27, 2022 and in implementation of own mandate of protecting territorial integrity of the Republic, its citizens and their properties, SSPDF Mobile Infantry Units attacked “bandits’” hideouts at Manyang, Kuerdet and Bonwier. The surprise and simultaneous attacks resulted in 65 outlaws getting neutralized in action and the recovery of 9 AKM-47 assault rifles”. 

“it’s good to point out, ranks and file of Buay’s outfit comprises of a few disgruntled former servicemen with majority being criminals mostly, murderers, rapists, highway robbers and cattle raiders operating in no-man’s lands especially in swampy areas between Twic and Mayom Counties in Warrap and Unity States.” 

General Stephen Buay Rolnyang, who was in August 2019 stripped of his rank and discharged from the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF)

He has now formed hos on rebel movement calling itself the South Sudan People’s Movement/Army (SSPM/A)

He blames President Salva Kiir and his government for failing to cater to the welfare of SSPDF soldiers. 

According to Gen. Buay, the revitalized peace agreement and its implementation is deliberately frustrated and he says he is fighting to liberate the country.

Members of International community insist that there is no military solution to South Sudan’s current situation, they are calling for dialogue that is inclusive of all disgruntled groups to bring lasting peace in the country.

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