Claims China shipping lethal weapons to Juba via Ethiopia. Sudan tribune.

March 30th, 2015 Print Print Email Email

A South Sudanese rebel official claimed to have credible evidence showing that China continues to supply the government of South Sudan with lethal weapons through Ethiopia.

“We in the SPLM-IO leadership confirm that Chinese flagged vessel Da Dan Xia has brought large quantity of armaments and ammunition to Salva Kiir’s tribal government via Djibouti Port and Ethiopian land,” Peter Mabior Riiny, deputy head of the youth wing for the rebel group told Sudan Tribune this week.

Among those weapons, according to the opposition youth leader, are missile warheads, heavy artillery shells, casings, and million detonators. These weapons, he said, are brought to further destabilize South Sudan.

He claimed that the government of South Sudan had made an arrangement with the Ethiopian government to pay Ethiopia $3.5 million dollars for transferring heavy lethal weapons and ammunition through their territory.

Riiny further claimed that Juba seeks to get charging fees to Ethiopia paid by Chinese oil companies as soon as possible in exchange for crude oil so that they can access the weapons to further execute the war.

He called on the international community to detain the weapons at Port Djibouti and stop China from selling weapons to the South Sudanese government.

“We are calling on [the] United Nations Security Council, Troika, EU, AU and IGAD to detain these weapons and convince China to abstain from supplying lethal weapons to the failed government that massacre its own people in daylight,” he said.

“We want China to bring peace instead [of] weapons,” he added.

Sudan Tribune was unable to independently verify the allegations but several South Sudanese defense officials have argued it was the right of the sovereign nation to procure weapons for defense purposes.

China in June last year shipped a consignment of weaponry worth $38 million to South Sudan through the Kenyan port of Mombasa.

A delegation from the rebel group was however dispatched to Beijing in September last year and was reportedly assured by the Chinese government not to continue to sell more weapons to Juba.

Ethiopia which chairs the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is also the lead in the mediation body that attempts to end the war in South Sudan.

The United Nations seeks to impose sanctions including an arms embargo on the warring parties. An arms embargo previously imposed by the European Union seems to have no impact on the access to weapons by South Sudan.

  1. OZZ
    | #1

    banana republic south sudan, the name is even funny, why they called themselves south sudan, is becoming a playing field for international arms
    dealers like china and south korea and a testing ground for new weapons. tplf sees an opportunity to be on the band wagon and to share in the rape and looting of south sudan. tplf would do anything to lay their hands on the cash that is being circulated in the arms deal between the various parties.

    soon after declaring ”independence” south sudan became a focus for arms dealers and oil speculators. there are at least a dozen outside forces in play in south sudan, led by china, israel, iran, usa,uk, eu and australia and south korea. uganda, sudan, and kenya are also doing their own bidding.

  2. USA Fears Blowback
    | #2

    I think China is not among the world’s top exporters of weapons, the USA sure is, including to Africa.
    Just imagine how the USA has been helping the militarization of Africa through its decades long arms supplies to Egypt !

    China however is focused on investing in Africa, and building infrastructure.

    That is just to put things in perspective.

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