August 1, 2016, Although victories in wars are largely associated with winning battles and capturing places, this is not always the case according to Capt. Mach (real name concealed) who is attached to presidential guards of tiger unit and was involved in the clash at J1 which ended up with no apparent winner, but with heavy losses on the government sides. He believes the IO have the upper hand in the ongoing conflict although they haven’t started capturing places yet.
Our revolutionary columnists’ agent had an opportunity to conduct a brief interview with him from his residency in one of the suburbs around Juba regarding the encounter at J1 which became a mustard seeds of the ongoing conflict. Below are recaps of the interview.
Columnist: Mr. Mach, before we proceed with this interview could you tell me more about yourself?
Capt. Mach: Am a family man and captain in Tiger Unit. Other details are not necessary for security reasons.
Columnist: I understand you were involved in the battle at J1; briefly could you tell us more about the combat and circumstances which culminated to it!
Capt. Mach: In the army we work according to commands. You can be assigned operations at any time and you must execute the mission within the given time. Questioning is not part of our duties. So I can only tell you a bit about what happen, but why it happened is beyond me.
Columnist: Ok thank you. May I assume that the incident at J1 wasn’t accidental to you or your unit?
Capt. Mach: Certainly it wasn’t but how it happened was outside my expectation.
Columnist: What do you mean it was not accidental but yet outside your expectations?
Capt. Mach: It wasn’t accidental because we received some briefing. We were told to expect an order to execute secret mission at any time of the day. No details were provided at that stage.
Columnist: You must have been anxious then?
Capt. Mach: Absolutely. But that’s part of the job. I called my family as usual, just to wish them well with no indication of worries in my pitch. When the order to execute the mission was passed I knew my life was in balance. And again I had no option but to do as commanded.
Columnist: What was the order and who gave it?
Capt. Mach: My boss gave the order but I can’t explain beyond that for security reasons.
Columnist: I respect your limits. Briefly, how do you envisage of this fight: Is it winnable by any of the two factions?
Capt. Mach: Why not, the IOs have upper hand in this battle. Juba can fall even within an hour or two. We the Government soldiers don’t have the vigour to fight. There are few heads who are dragging us against our wills but everything their expiry dates.
Columnist: So you think, there’ll come a time when most Government soldiers will refuse to take orders from their superiors or turn the barrels against them (their superiors)? If so, will it only happen in Juba or it will happen in other places under Government control too?
Capt. Mach: Yes. It even happened during and after J1 battles in Juba, and it’s happening in other areas presently but very few notice it.
At the moment Juba is the main pillar. Once it falls in the hand of IO other places will see no reason to fight losing fights.
Columnist: Capt. Mach, you have clearly talked like IO fighter but what has prevented you from being one?
Capt. Mach: We have all being lied to. Nobody wants to work without pay but right now my family can hardly afford meal in a day. Tell me one reason why I must put my life on the line to protect such regime?
Tell me one reason why I must protect regime that turns its citizens into sex slaves:
Tell me one reason why I must protect regime that encourages tribal dominancy?
Tell me one reason why I must support a genocidal regime!
Columnist: Thank you so much for your time.
Capt. Mach: My pleasure.