South Sudan recruits 10,000 new force

South Sudan’s government and the SPLA-IO soldiers pose for a picture in Kajo Keji town in January 2019. Photo: VOA/File

New York/Juba, November 27, 2019 (SSNA) — The government of South Sudan has recruited at least 10,000 people from Bahr el Ghaza region, a direct violation of the September 2018 peace agreement, a new report by the United Nations obtained by the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) shows.

The report says President Kiir has secretly directed national security interior branch headed by Akol Koor Kuc to recruit people from Bahr el Ghaza as a deterrent to rebellions faced by his government. The report also finds that Kiir is not interested in implementing the agreement.

The report comes three weeks after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, an ally of Kiir, brokered a deal between Kiir and the main opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar.

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