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No money to relocate army

Author : | Published: Thursday, November 12, 2015

SPLA soldiers display weapons during the 2nd Independence Day Anniversary in Juba - July 9, 2013

The Office of the president says the government does not have funds to move the army out of Juba.

The peace agreement requires that forces are moved to a radius of 25 kilometers away from the town.

The deal also states that the army should be relocated out of the town within 30 days, and the process should be finished within 90 days of signing.

However, only a few days are left to the deadline and the process is yet to start.

The Press Secretary in the Office of the President, Ateny Wek Ateny, says the government needs funds to clear the bushes in the areas marked, and to set up temporary shelters to accommodate the army.

“You cannot send people to bushes unless you avail them with at least temporary buildings, or put them in temporary shelter,” Mr Ateny said.

In September, the SPLA command demarcated eight areas, mainly on the exit routes from Juba.

These include the Juba-Nimule, Juba-Kajo-keji, Juba-Yei, Juba-Maridi and Juba-Terekeka roads, among others.

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