, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 5 – The South Sudan government has now denied claims in a report that links its troops to the killing of 50 people by suffocating them in a container.
South Sudan’s Ambassador to Kenya Mariano Deng Ngor says the allegations by the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission were obtained from individuals with a negative political agenda to fuel hatred within the country.
He says the forces are under obligation to protect civilians and their property within the law.
The fabrications he says are by rebels who have been shifting their demands that have become a major impediment against a peaceful settlement.
“Continuous accusations by rebels do not go well with the implementation of peace. Friends of South Sudan and the international community should find ways to support the peace as it has been decided by the people of South Sudan,” he added.
The report said metal containers are often used as makeshift prison cells in South Sudan where temperatures in the northern battleground State of Unity regularly top 40 degrees Celsius.
Other crimes listed included rape and murder, and the capture and looting of UN river barges.
In August 2015, South Sudan’s government and Opposition began a process that will result in a comprehensive peace agreement, with the signing and initialling of a pact negotiated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
Former South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar signed the peace agreement in the presence of President Uhuru Kenyatta, Ethiopian Prime Minister and IGAD chairperson Hailemariam Desalegn and a host of representatives of the international community.
“The agreement implementation is on course especially on the government side, the government is in full support of the Joint Monitoring Evaluation Commission and is remained committed to the ceasefire despite the reported alleges,” he stated.
South Sudan’s civil war began in December 2013 when Kiir accused his former deputy Machar of planning a coup, setting off a cycle of retaliatory killings that has split the poverty-stricken, landlocked country along ethnic lines.