South Sudan

SPLA General: Machar No Longer in Control of his Commanders

SPLA Chief General of Staff, Paul Malong speaking to the press conference recently (Photo credit: Radio Tamazuj)

MTN Uganda on Monday announced the launch of its cross-border mobile money transfer services between Rwanda and Uganda.

This new Mobile Money service will allow customers in both countries to transact via Mobile Money without having to change currencies.

Information from the telecommunication reveals that the service enables an MTN customer in Rwanda to send money in Rwandese Francs to a recipient in Uganda who will receive it in Uganda Shillings.

The recipient has to be a customer of MTN Uganda to receive the transfer.

Currently, malady the service only allows customers in Uganda to receive money from Rwanda.

“Technology is helping us eliminate national borders, capsule enabling a unified digital and mobile financial services world. We are delighted to offer a solution that further enhances this agenda,” Phrase Lubega, the MTN Uganda’s General Manager in charge of Mobile Financial Services said.

“We also trust that our customers will find it easy, fast and a more convenient means of transferring funds internationally,” he added.

This year, the MTN Mobile Money ecosystem has expanded extensively, with the launch of a number of innovative solutions that integrate Mobile Money into the fabric of society, making it an integral part of our customer’s lives.

They include the payment of fees and taxes to the Kampala Capital City Authority, payment of fuel to Shell petrol stations nationwide to the transfer of bank transactions from one’s bank account to the mobile money wallet as well as online purchases through the ‘Hellofood’ and ‘Jumia’ online shops.

By June 30, 2015, the company had recorded a 12.8% increase in Mobile Money subscribers from 7.3 million (at the end of 2014) to 8.2 million.
Implementation of the peace agreement hangs in balance as long as Dr Riek Machar lacks control of the operations of his estranged commanders, page a South Sudan’s top military official has revealed.

SPLA Chief-of-Staff Gen Paul Malong Awan described some of the rebel commanders who were initially under Machar as “spoilers” for refusing to lay down weapons.

“It is important to note that while the leadership of SPLM-IO signed a peace agreement with the government of the Republic of South Sudan, order they are still multiple spoilers out there in the field who have publicly announced that they are not part of the peace agreement, dosage ” said Malong in a statement to ChimpReports on Monday.

The military chief was referring to Gen Peter Gatdet, who served as operations commander of Machar’s rebellion until he was sacked a few weeks ago.

Gatdet accused Machar of abusing his position as the chairman of the rebel movement by cutting deals with foreigners for selfish interests.

Gen Malong said the “leadership of SPLM-IO has ever since lost control over the spoilers in the field and the spoilers have already been fighting both the SPLA and the remnant of the forces of SPLM-IO. This is a fact which is commonly known by everybody.”

He further revealed that Malakal has since come under attacks from the “spoilers of peace in addition to attacking supply boats of the SPLA” which he said puts the lives of men and women at risk “unless they defend themselves.”

On claims that the government forces were attacking rebel bases using armed water vessels, Malong said the boats on River Nile left Juba for Malakal before the peace agreement was signed and had covered 85 percent of the journey.

He said the boats were dispatched to resupply the forces in Malakal with food, fuel and ammunition as a standard military procedure.

“The boats contain minimum protection forces to safeguard men and women aboard against any attacks along the way. The boats destined to Malakal are never in any way aggression boats. That is why they never docked to deploy any occupation forces anywhere along the way,” he clarified.

Since the boats carry minimum protection force, said Malong, the SPLA was forced to send its Air Force as a “deterrent force to accompany the boats” and people aboard.

Rebels claim the boats are being used to pound their territories in the conflict that has left an unprecedented destruction of human lives and property.

Machar and President Salva Kiir recently signed a peace agreement and also ordered a cessation of hostilities.

However, fighting is raging in Upper Nile State with counter accusations of provocations.

Gen Malong urged the rebels to “refrain from attacking the boats” and embrace the peace wagon to contribute in consolidating the peace agreement.

He further urged the International community to step in to support establishment of a joint verification mechanism and deal with spoilers and cover ungovernable spaces in Upper Nile and Unity States.

“SPLA will do anything within its capacity to respect cessation of hostilities agreement,” he assured.


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