Preferential treatment of UPDF sparked Juba violence: rebels

Preferential treatment of UPDF sparked Juba violence: rebels

March 6, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan’s rebels led by Riek Machar said the government had not told the true story about the cause of the recent outbreak of violence among the army in the national capital, Juba, saying the dissent was caused by preferential treatment of the Ugandan Peoples Defence Force (UPDF) over the national army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). An unidentified man sits in the gun turret while leading a convoy of armoured vehicles from both the South Sudanese government forces and Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), in the streets of Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan, Jan. 19, 2014. (Photo AP/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin) “New information has emerged indicating that the fighting was not only caused by a mere pay dispute as reported in the media. In fact, some units from the Presidential Guards and Commandos mutinied in direct protest against UPDF’s involvement and favours they receive at their expense,” claimed the rebel’s military spokesperson, Brig Lul Ruai Koang.

Clashes occurred in Juba on Wednesday morning at a military barrack and resumed during the night between units of the Commando, leaving dozens dead and scores wounded.

Government officials said the violence was a result of salary payment dispute […]

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