March 24, 2017, SPLA-IO leadership of the Equatoria region hereby dismiss as fabricated lie the report in circulation that leaders of armed opposition forces in Morobo area of Yei River State reached a peace agreement with Yei River State government brokered by Bishop Elias Taban Parangi of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Yei South Sudan.
It is a propaganda generated by Mr. David Lokonga Moses and the greatest religious ally of Mr. Kiir, Bishop Elias Taban with wishful thought of creating division among the gallant SPLA-IO revolutionaries in the area. Kiir’s criminal regime repeatedly tried to take control of SPLA-IO positions in this territory but all attempts were abortive. And they have resorted to such unfounded treacheries. SPLA-IO has maintained control of over 70% of Yei River State as indeed it is in other parts of the Equatoria region.
The other reason is to blindfold the South Sudanese people, the region, the outside world and indeed the donors of Elias Taban into believing that there are efforts going on to restore peace in Yei and the rest of the country.
The names mentioned in the report are nonexistent in the profiles and ranks of SPLA-IO. The conspirators of this dirty game collected disgruntled youth from somewhere else and lied to the public that they are leaders of armed opposition forces in the area. These conspirators are only capable of telling lies, not peace makers.
SPLA-IO in the region calls upon the people of South Sudan and the friends of South Sudan to disregard that report as unfortunate white lie of the failed regime of Kiir together with its closest ally Bishop Elias Taban.
The leadership also reminds Bishop Elias Taban to live up to his call to serve God but not to compromise his integrity and that of the Church he serves by entering into tricks of the Juba regime that is administering genocide, gang-rape of girls and women and pillage of civilians’ livelihoods across the country.