South Sudan Rebels Loyal to Machar Say Have taken over a town South of Juba

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The military wing of South Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In opposition linked to exiled leader Riek Machar says has taken full control of the town of Morobo in the Country’s Central Equatoria region.

Spokesperson James Gatdet Dak told the media that fighting also erupted in Eastern Equatoria’s Magwi county between the rival forces this week.

“It is five days since our forces captured Morobo. They have been in full control of the town,” Dak said

Officials from South Sudan army could neither deny nor confirm whether fighting took place in the area and who was in control.

Military spokesman, Brig. Lul Ruai Koang said he has not received any official report on the matter.

Other fierce clashes have been reported around Bentiu, the capital of the oil rich Unity state, between forces loyal to President Kiir and those loyal to Machar.

Machar and top officials of the opposition SPLM-IO party issued a statement saying their forces would reorganize to “wage a popular armed resistance against the authoritarian and racist regime of President Salva Kiir.”

Dak said the process of resisting the regime is gaining momentum in freeing the people of South Sudan, adding that the forces had been reorganizing for a full scale armed resistance due to the collapse of the August 2015 peace deal.

He said that Kiir has the choice of resuscitating the peace deal as it was signed or face a “determined resistance” that will see him exit from power.

The SPLA-IO, he claimed, are getting stronger in Equatoria region more than ever before and it was a matter of time before the situation will be made to change in Juba.

Credit: Sudan Tribune