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SPLA Commando unit signs peace with Wonduruba community

Author : | Published: Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The SPLA and civilians in Wonduruba have agreed to resolve their differences and cease any form of hostilities in the area.

Fighting between the army and armed civilians forced more than 11,000 people to flee the area to Lainya and Bereka in the past few months.

Some civilians accused army soldiers of the looting, a claim the military has denied.

Last week, the Commando unit of the SPLA deployed in Wonduruba signed a peace agreement with leaders of the community.

The Bishop of Wonduruba Diocese of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and a member of the community, Matthew Taban, said the two sides “stroke about 15 resolutions” to forgive each other.

“The community of Wonduruba and the SPLA unit will strive to live in harmony by respecting each other with their different responsibilities,” Bishop Taban said.

A fact-finding team that was set up in September this year to investigate the cause of the fighting found that SPLA soldiers terrorized the civilians in Wonduruba through killings, burning houses and looting properties.

This forced civilians to abandon the area.

However, since the signing of the deal, civilians have begun to return to Wonduruba.

The Acting Payam Director for Wonduruba Payam, Lujang Thomas told Eye Radio that the relationship between the army and the residents has improved.

“I can confirm, yes, that we are implementing our peace. It was not like before when we were not going to Wonduruba. I think people are going safely, and when they meet with soldiers, they greet and they stay as normal as before,” said Mr. Lujang.

A separate unit of the SPLA in Yambio, Western Equatoria state also last month signed an agreement to cease hostilities with the Arrow boys.

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