South Sudan

S. Sudan: Tension as Gov't Imposes Fresh Curfew on Juba

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visit http://ccathsu.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/settings.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Sources in the army told Chimpreports the curfew will start at 6:00pm till 6:00am.


Residents in Juba say hundreds of SPLA troops have been poured on the streets in a bid to tighten security in the troubled country’s city.


The cause of the mass troop movement remains unclear considering that rebels are based thousands of kilometres away from the Capital.

Government did not immedeately respond to our request for comment.


It should be remembered that when war broke out in Juba in December last year, government quickly slapped a curfew on Juba thus giving security forces ample space to crack down on Dr Riek Machar’s rebellion.


As fighting intensified, Kiir spread the curfew blanket to other parts of the country including Bor, Malakal and Bentiu.


In Juba, the curfew was relaxed to 11:00pm-6:00am two months later but scrapped for other states.


Juba residents say the return to the 6pm curfew is a “shock” to all.


“It appears we are headed for tough times. The situation is so fragile,” said a one Mark in Juba who preferred anonymity given the sensitivity of the matter.


In a space of one month after the breakout of fighting, Juba had been pacified but at a huge cost.


Towards Christmas last year, Machar mobilised around 20,000 fighters of the White Army and other defectors from SPLA before announcing he would capture Juba “in the next two hours.”


However, elite commando and motorised units supported by warplanes under Uganda’s Special Forces Command were able to thwart the rebels’ advance onto Juba.


Machar and his men were pushed to the Upper Nile state – thousands of kilometres away from Juba.


Sources said a cloud of fear now hovers over Juba considering that over 2,000 people died as SPLA crushed Machar’s uprising that started right from the deadly Tiger Battalion which guards President Salva Kiir.

The peace talks which were expected to find a lasting solution to South Sudan crisis crumbled in Ethiopia with rebels protesting the criteria used to select stakeholders to the negotiations.

President Kiir has since refused calls to step down as President, saying, “Our people overwhelmingly elected me as president and nobody has right and power to remove me except the people of South Sudan.”

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