SPLA to Defend Citizens in Western Bahr el Ghazal State

The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) forces at the South Sudan and Sudan border in Western Bahr el Ghazal state are on alert to protect the territorial integrity of South Sudan, says army spokesperson, Col. Philip Aguer Panyang.

SPLA to Defend Citizens in Western Bahr el Ghazal State
Army Spokesperson, Col. Philip Aguer Panyang said it is unfortunate to see that innocent civilians become victims in a politically fragile situation. [Gurtong | File]

By James Deng Dimo

WAU, 21 December 2012[Gurtong] – Aguer has spent three days in Western Bahr el Ghazal state to access the security situation which has been facing a lot of challenges and the concerns are on the unresolved border issues in Raga County.

The SPLA forces at the borders are capable to make sure that citizens enjoy their celebrations of Christmas in a good atmosphere, Panyang said.

“Our forces will protect our citizens from any outside threats like the threat of LRA and any threat from our neighbouring Sudan,” he said.


The SPLA forces are now taking the control of the protection of the town including the government institutions, the civil population and their properties after the violence apparently appeared to be out of police hands, he said.

Aguer urged the leaders in Wau to dialogue of bring peace and stability in the state.

He said it is unfortunate to see innocent civilians become victims in a politically fragile situation.

The incident started on 8th to the 9th when demonstrators marched in protest against the decision to take Wau County headquarters to Bagari town.

In protest, residents blocked roads out of Wau and the army was sent in to relieve the blockade.

The South Sudanese army opened fire on demonstrators angry at the relocation of Wau County headquarters to Bagari area.

The army said it had launched an investigation.

A spokesman said it was examining whether disproportionate force had been used and was investigating reports that some of the protesters had been armed.

Human rights groups regularly accuse South Sudan's army of human rights abuses.

The state governor said the move by the state government to transfer Wau County head quarters to Bagari is not ill intentioned but rather extension of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) vision of taking towns to the people.

The state government has also formed an independent committee that comprise of the national legislative assembly and the committee from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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