Fighting rages in South Sudan a day after peace deal

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South Sudan Liberation Army armed forces under Johnson Olony in Fashoda 2013

Forces loyal to South Sudan deputy president Riek Machar and the government troops [SPLA] have been fighting in Kajo Keji County in multiple locations just a day after signing a “peace agreement”.

Kajokeji, also spelled Kajokaji, Kajukeji, Kajo-keji and Kago Kaju, is a town located in Yei River Region of South Sudan.

The hostilities, according to sources on the ground, broke out two days before the agreement was signed.

The SPLM-IO accused the army of attacking its positions in Kajo Keji county less than 24 hours after the latest South Sudan peace deal was signed in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

SPLA, on the other hand, says the rebels came out of the jungle in Uganda and attacked their positions in a bid to reclaim territory.

Ceasefire & Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) says it has received allegations regarding violations of the ceasefire agreement in the Yei area and an investigation into these reports is currently underway.

CTSAMM monitors and reports on the implementation of the ceasefire agreement in South Sudan.

“CTSAMM would like to remind the Parties of their commitment to refrain from any form of hostilities as per the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 12th September, 2018,” the body said.

CTSAMM is an institute of the Agreement on the Resolution of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) signed by the Government and SPLM/A-IO in August 2015.

The latest peace deal was an historic coming together of two bitter foes who have spent five years fighting each other over ethnic differences and a tussle for power at the expense of the people of war-torn South Sudan.

The leader of the opposition armed forces, Riek Machar, has been in exile since civil war erupted in 2013.

But he came face-to-face with his chief military and political opponent, the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir to make a fresh joint commitment to peace for the sake of their people.

Together on the stage of a conference hall in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, they penned their signatures on a freshly-inked, revitalized peace agreement to end five years of devastating conflict.

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