JUBA — The recent directives by the South Sudan presidency to relocate forces to cantonment sites for training is a positive move toward implementation of the security arrangement, said Lam Paul Gabriel, Ministry of Defense spokesperson.
“It is a positive move toward the implementation of the security arrangement which every soldier has been expecting,” Paul told Sudans Post on the phone interview in Juba on Friday.
Gabriel said these forces have stayed in military bases for long without being unified.
“They have not been unified and they are on their own. The SSPDF and SPLA-IO forces remain loyal to their commands, so it is time for them now to be unified,” he added.
There are thousands of troops in the cantonment and training camps across the country.
Peace observers reportedly said that many soldiers have deserted the sites due to a lack of food, proper shelter, and medication.
Most of them have been at the training camps since 2019.
He said the government will send food to cantonment sites before sending the forces for cantonment.
“We can’t take these forces to cantonment site without sending food there. It is not going to happen because if you take those forces to cantonment sites and they don’t have food, they will suffer like those forces in the training centers,” he said.
He added that “we are going to make sure that the food is supply to cantonment site before these could report to the cantonment sites”.
The unification of armed forces aims to ensure unity among the new army and prevent clashes during a transitional period which starts in May.
These troops will make up the police, army, intelligence, and prison services.