Infighting within the SPLA in the Jebel Nuba

UNMIS Media Monitoring Report
10 July 2007 (Alintibaha)

Under the heading, Seeds of a Rebellion Within the SPLA, Alintibaha daily says that informed sources report that the SPLA is mobilizing its forces to attack armed factions in the Bahr-el-Ghazal and Equatoria areas and has indeed sent about 2,000 fighters to Wau and Raja in Bahr-el-Ghazal under the guise of disarmament.

Citizens have meanwhile expressed concerns of possible clashes should the SPLA insist to carrying out the disarmament exercise forcefully. Citizens argue that this is in violation of the CPA that states that the JIU’s – not the SPLA – would be responsible for disarmament.

Sources add that the SPLA is using the rainy season as an opportunity to redeploy its forces presumably for disarmament of the other armed groups despite the fact that there are no more armed factions in the area.

On the other hand, sources confirm that infighting within the SPLA in the Jebel Nuba area has climaxed following a recent conference of the movement in the Nuba areas. A number of SPLM member was killed at the hands of a rival group led by Telefon Kuku.


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