250 Government Soldier defected to SPLA IO in Unity State

South Sudan Army

January 9,2017(Bentiu): the SPLA/IO said 250 government soldiers under command of Colonel Simon Mayiel kuong Kulang of brigade 2, dvison 3 defected to the SPLA/IO under leadership of Dr. Riek Machar in Unity state. According to the document obtained by sobatpress media, the defected soldiers were welcome by their colleagues SPLA/IO in Panakuach. They took with them 11 PKM, 7 RPG and one military landcruiser mounted with 12.5 along with many boxes of ammunitions. The defected soldiers were received by Lt General Maguek Gai Majak sector 2 commander in Panakuach During the reception ceremony, Colonel Simon Manyiel accused Juba government of being the real problem to the entire South Sudan and her citizens, salva kiir regime will be militarily dismantled so that a new system is installed in the country he added. He furthermore accused the government of still arming Sudanese rebels (SPLA/N) operating inside the country.

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