PAGAK – The SPLA-IO troop which are meant for the protection of the FVP, Dr. (or maybe Gen., H.E, he has too many titles) Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon and as part of peace implementation, will not be coming to Juba by the March 1st, 2016 as schedule according to SPLA-IO Spokesperson.
Col. William Gatjiath Deng, the SPLA-IO Spokesperson said the “SPLA/IO forces would not be in Juba tomorrow as expected” citing various reason which cause the last minutes delays
“South Sudan government needs to designate clearly the cantonment areas within Juba for the quick transportation of SPLA/IO force right from [Juba] Airport to the sites” ~ Col. Gatjiath explains in a press statement imparted to Wangdunkon Media
“Provision of basic life support is a vital issue where the food, water and medical care for the army is needed to be arranged first before their arrival as well as the limitation of flights at Juba International Airport” he continued
Another factor leading to the delays is the approval of Gambella regional goverment to allow SPLA-IO troops carry some light weapons guns as the pass via Gambella Airport which is not yet approved.
“For the SPLA/IO forces to move in, it may take a week from now for all those arrangement to be put in place” he said
SPLA-IO troops will be brought from various war front including Equatoria through Yambio Airstrips; from Nothern Jonglei and Greater Fashoda through Malakal Airport; from Greater Nasir through Gambella Airport in Ethiopia and from Unity through Rubkona Airstrip.