This Week in South Sudan – Week 12

Tuesday 22 March

  • Officials in Morobo County, Central Equatoria State claimed unknown gunmen kidnapped three SPLA wildlife officers on duty and stole dozens of machine guns.
  • Foreign Affairs Minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, denied reports that he had conceded the disputed Abyei region to Sudan by referring to the area’s residents as non-South Sudanese. President Salva Kiir later removed Barnaba Marial Benjamin from his position as foreign affairs minister.

Wednesday 23 March

Thursday 24 March

Friday 25 March

  • The SPLA (IO) released names of government soldiers who they claim recently defected to them from Nasir town, Upper Nile State.
  • 22 SPLA (IO) police generals arrived in Juba for the joint integrated police force in accordance with the August 2015 peace agreement.

Monday 28 March

  • 39 SPLA (IO) soldiers arrived in Juba, as part of the implementation of the August 2015 peace agreement. The soldiers mark the first deployment of a minimum force of 1,370 SPLA (IO) soldiers set to arrive in Juba ahead of SPLM (IO) leader Riek Machar’s arrival.

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