UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has sacked South Sudan’s Peacekeeping Chief after a report said it had failed to protect civilians in July.
Mr Ban Ki-Moom has ordered the immediate replacement of the force commander, Kenyan Lt Gen Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki, for failed leadership qualities.
According to reports and testaments of the aid workers, the UN troops declined in responding when government soldiers attacked an international aid compound in Juba.
The UN Peacekeepers literally abandoned their duty posts.
Stephane Dujarric, UN Spokesman, said:
“The special investigation found that UNMISS did not respond effectively to the violence due to an overall lack of leadership, preparedness and integration among the various components of the mission.”
Report says that during the violent clash between the rebels and the soldiers, a journalist and many civilians were killed. It also says that aid workers were raped in the course of the conflict.
On July 11, a dozen of aid workers and UN staff who were lodged at the Terrain hotel compound were attacked. The sad note is that the UN peacekeepers “just 1.2 kilometers (0.7 miles) away” did not intervene.
Investigations revealed that peacekeepers from China, Ethiopia, India and Nepal declined intervention requests, claiming that “their troops were fully committed” at the time.
The absence of the solicited intervention from the peacekeeping troop escalated the horrid and terrible human rights violation in South Sudan. The violence was feared to be another civil war in the area.
The UN has 16,000 peacekeepers deployed in South Sudan. Sadly all efforts by the UN to form a unity government was futile.
This was as a result of the disappearance of Machar and the lackadaisical leadership of South Sudan’s Peacekeeping Chief.
South Sudan has been fighting since 2013. The history of the conflict is hinged on the clash between President Salva Kiir’s guards and bodyguards of the sacked Vice-President Riek Machar.