AFRICANGLOBE – Security officials in South Sudan say they intercepted 11 United Nations trucks loaded with an assortment of firearms destined to rebels controlled area, a local paper reported.
Without specifying the date, security officials in South Sudan’s Lakes state claimed they recently intercepted 11 United Nations trucks ferrying an assortment of firearms and military uniforms destined for neighbouring Unity state.
Embattled South Sudan is made up of 10 states, each as big as a small European country.
The country has been in crisis since December 15 when fighting erupted between government forces and rebels loyal to his former Vice President Riek Machar in which more than 1,000 people have been killed, another 800,000 displaced.
The South Sudan government has instituted investigations into the matter, with authorities claiming the firearms were being transported to aid rebels fighting in Unity state.
“There were all type of weapons, ammunition and blankets. Those items were enroute to Unity state, a rebel controlled area,” a senior military official told reporters, without further details.
UN has responded by saying that the firearms belonged to it but were mistakenly being transported to Unity state.
The UN, in a statement issued yesterday claimed that the seized cargo were meant for its Ghanaian peacekeepers recently deployed as additional forces in the country following the outbreak of violence.
“In connection with the transport of cargo of general goods belonging to the Ghanaian battalion on its way to Bentiu, several containers were wrongly labelled and inadvertently contained weapons and ammunition. This is regrettable,” reads the UN’s statement which no one believes.
“It is the policy of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) that during the crisis in South Sudan all arms and ammunition for peacekeeping contingents are flown into respective areas of deployment and not taken by road. This is an important security measure.”
The world body, however said, its headquarter intends to dispatch a high level investigation team to look into this matter on an urgent basis, in cooperation with South Sudan government.
On January 20, 2014, South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir, accused the United Nations of secretly trying to take over his country, an allegation that the UN categorically denied. However two weeks earlier, Herman J. ‘Hank’ Cohen Former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, publicly called for the United Nation to subvert South Sudan’s democracy and take control of the country.
The recent seizure of 11 United Nations trucks loaded with weapons, destined for rebel forces, the same rebels who have been accused of committing war crimes against innocent civilians, should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to the crisis in South Sudan. The United Nations, acting under the guise of a humanitarian mission has long been a Western tool used to protect their political and corporate interests.
By: Godfrey Olukya