South Sudan army spokesperson Lul Ruai Koanga said the government has resolved to crush armed forces loyal to embattled opposition leader Riek Machar in the latest scale of attacks.
In a message which also congratulated and applauded new Vice President Taban Deng Gai for his commitment to peace, Koanga said Machar’s power hungry warmongers will have no where to hide.
“Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) reiterates it’s resolve to crush SPLA IO warmongers under the leadership of power hungry former FVP Riek Machar. Machar’s bandits will have no where to hide,” Brigadier Lul Ruai Koang said.
The candid statement comes at a time the opposition faction has retaliated claims that Africa’s youngest nation is back to war and that tens of thousands of troops loyal to President Kiir have been on offensive in the bushes around the capital trying to hunt down the ex-first Vice President.
At least nine people were killed over the weekend in renewed clashes between a spokesman for Machar said on Monday
However, opposition official loyal to Machar dismissed the threats to crush their forces around Juba, saying instead they were ready to take control of Juba, describing Koang’s claims as “wishful thinking” to try to raise the moral of their defeated troops plus their police forces.
With Files from The Sudan Tribune