South Sudan

State Security Intercepts Arms In UN Ferries

diagnosis geneva; color: #141823; font-size: small;”>According to sources, arms and ammunition belonging to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) were discovered after National Security intercepted three UN ferries at the Bor River Port in Jonglei State.

Neither has the government nor UNMISS commented on the indecent.

Last month, SPLA caught weapons allegedly being carried by UN trucks at Rumbek, Lakes states being ferried to Bentiu, the capital of Unity States.

In the shipment, according to reports, were weapons, blankets and army uniforms being carried by 13 UN trucks.

Ariane Quentier, the UNMISS spokesperson, said the weapons were being transported erroneously and that “in connection with the transport of cargo of general goods belonging to the Ghanaian battalion on its way to Bentiu, several containers were wrongly labelled and inadvertently contained weapons and ammunition”.

In a similar Statement, Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi, the UNMISS force commander said the weapons and ammunition belonged to the newly-arrived Ghanaian contingent.

The incident sparked off outrage in Juba as youth took to the streets demanding the exit of UNMISS head, Hilde Johnson.

However, the UNMISS chief met with President Salva Kiir and the two settled matters “amicably”.

Yet, government of South Sudan continued to restrict the movement of UN personnel although relations between the two institutions “had improved”.

With this new incident, if it is proven true, UNMISS and GOSS could be in for another confrontation.

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