Soldiers deserting cantonment sites due to lack of food and medicines, CTSAMVM reported 

Major General Dafaalla Hamid Mohamed, Acting Chairperson of the CTSAMVM speaking during technical committee meeting in Juba, 21 January 2021

The Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism, known as CTSAMVM, has reported that many soldiers left the training centers due to worsening conditions.

Peace Monitoring body said officers at training camps facing lack of food, medicines, and other basic needs.

Major General Dafaalla Hamid Mohamed, Acting Chairperson for CTSAMVM, urged the parties to address the awful situation soldiers underwent for many months.

“Regrettably conditions in cantonment sites have not improved, it is of concern that conditions in Training centers have deteriorated and as a result, many trainees have left the centers. There is still no deployment plan for the NUF (Necessary unified forces),” said Mohamed.

Dafaalla reported that senior military officers’ defection and their affiliated forces from SPLA-IO had created tension and violence. He calls the parties to take bold steps to keep the ceasefire holding and protect the civilians.

Hamid described that “ill-disciplined” soldiers had committed severe violations in the Lainya area involving civilians’ killing, rape of women, and assault on vulnerable people.

Representatives from the government, oppositions, and former detainees expressed the need for urgent graduation of forces.

Brig General. Andrea Mangu Adora, a member of SPLA/M IO, said the soldiers at the training centers hope for graduation despite the absence of food. He calls to end the fighting and urge the soldiers to respect the ceasefire agreement.

“If people being killed since it should be enough for us now to look for peace, no anymore killing, no anymore looting, no anymore causing disaster,” said Mangu.

South Sudan Opposition Alliance representative, SSOA Major General David Nyang, said many trainees face a lack of food and medicines. He emphasizes that the graduation of forces is a crucial element that should be a reality.

He calls the government and National Transitional Committee to avail the resources.

“There are many females in the training centers, including trainees, and the families of trainees. These trainees, there are seven hundred and ninety-one females. And the females have special needs which are not addressed.”

Major General Bior Leek, a representative from Former Detainees, raised concern that most soldiers leaving training centers might cause further violence.

“So, what do you expect? You will expect more violence, more fighting because the soldier having a gun going empty-handed is hungry. He will be thought for looting.”

Leek mentioned that changing allegiance within armed forces created violence in Maban, Moroto, and Paloch in which civilians were killed in cold blood. He urged the parties to form a high-level committee to address the issue and take measures against those who killed the civilians.

Gen: Gatkuoth Duop Kuich, a senior member of former TGoNU said all parties should agrees on the graduation of forces.

“When unified forces are graduated and deploy in all states means the communities will have harmony.”

Duop also recommends that the change of allegiance, which has created violence affecting the communities, should be stopped.

Last week, Defense Minister Angelina Teny promised to graduate the necessary unified forces toward end of this month

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