South Sudan’s army suspends disarmament in Warrap state

Some members of ‘Gelweng’ who reportedly handed over their weapons to the SSPDF Disarmament Team | Courtesy: Eye Radio

The South Sudan People’s Defense Force has halted disarmament process in Tonj east county in Warrap state. This came after clashes between the army and armed local youth that left more than 140 people dead.

Army spokesperson said they have temporarily stopped disarmament exercise. Major General Lul Ruai Koang told Radio Tamazuj on Wednesday.

“We have temporarily stopped the disarmament exercise in Tonj because we have lost many lives from both sides during the fighting there. So we have given the residents some days to bury those who were killed,” the spokesman said.

According to the locals, fighting erupted after a soldier killed a youth in Romic market. The youth reportedly declined to surrender his gun to disarmament soldiers. The spokesman said the collection of firearms from the hands of civilian was progressing well.