South Sudan minister accuses Troika nations of plotting regime change
A South Sudan Army (SPLA) official claims US, British and Norwegian governments are attempting to instigate regime change in the young African state.
South Sudan’s Deputy Military spokesman Colonel Santo Dominic Chol accuses officials from the Troika nations of holding secret meetings with South Sudanese opposition fighters in Nairobi, Kenya, earlier this month.
Army official accuses Troika nations
Chol made the accusations at a news conference in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, on Thursday. He says the participants at the supposed meeting discussed using South Sudan’s ongoing economic crisis to ignite regime change.
He also alleged that members discussed bribing young SPLA soldiers to distance themselves from President Salva Kiir and Chief of Stagg, General Paul Malong. However, Chol never revealed to reporters the source of his information, simply insisting that the people of South Sudan will be the only people to demand regime change.
“The only authorised people that can change the regime in South Sudan in the upcoming election are the people of South Sudan. It’s not anybody beyond the borders of this country,” he said.
Troika nation deny all involvement
The US and Britain were quick to refute Chol’s accusations, with the US stating it “categorically denies” all allegations made during the conference. Britain soon followed, labelling Chol’s comments as “a fabrication that does not reflect the policy of the British government.”
Both countries insist they want to see an end to fighting in South Sudan and constructive measures to be taken from within the country’s existing government.
Meanwhile, Chol claims the next meeting between Troika nations on the subject of South Sudan regime change will take place on January 23 in New York.
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