By People Daily
South Sudan has refuted claims appearing in a section of Kenyan media, accusing its troops of killing rebels.
South Sudan ambassador to Kenya, Marianor Deng Ngor, described the reports as fabricated by the rebels meant to scuttle the ongoing efforts to implement the Peace Agreement signed in August last year to form a transition government between the government and the opposition.
Deng was reacting to a report by AFP published in some Kenyan media saying that South Sudan troops had suffocated 50 people in shipping containers among other gross human rights violations such as murder and rape.
The atrocities are alleged to have been committed in Unity State.
“These allegations of human rights violations are untrue even though they come from reputable sources and were obtained from individuals with negative political agenda to fuel hatred. Troops and all organised forces are directed to protect civilians, their properties and the integrity of South Sudan,” he said adding that they are premised on misconceptions and poor understanding of the situation.
The accusations had first come from the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission headed by former Botswana Prime Minister Festus Mogae, in a report tabled at the African Union (AU) Summit last Sunday where it outlined some of the ceasefire agreement violations by both sides.