South Sudan’s coup leader and now rebel militant leader, Riek Marchar is being sponsored by foreign countries to fuel a conflict in the young African nation for geopolitical interests.
The former vice president of South Sudan GOSS, led a bloody rebelling late 2012 fueling what now is a full scale civil and ethnic war in the oil producing country.
Intelligence gathered by Strategic Intelligence shows a growing capacity to engage a well armed government army using new and better arms by the rebels.
This characteristic itself draws a clear picture of sponsorship. Where are these rebels getting new and superior arms from? Who is facilitating these shipments, and how are they getting to the rebels hands?
Someone is advising the rebels on what to use and how to use it.
It is in fact weird that the US imposes equal sanctions to a government that is legally protecting its citizens and rebels who have committed atrocities and even attempted to topple the government.
That itself is suspicious.
Early in 2014, South Sudan government soldiers intercepted UNMISS arms cargo which was not declared being transported by road.
The issue was downplayed though Juba insisted that UNMISS was supplying arms to rebels troops.
The waning influence of the West in the East Africa is interesting while it poses a significantly unique challenge to the West.
One of the key questions the West is categorical about is ‘Who controls East Africa”?
The region has grown, Nairobi formulated LAPSET just before oil and gas discoveries smoked the zone, and the global economy thirst for energy felt it could be soon whetted.
LAPSET would wrestle the upper region of East Africa a Kenya-dependent zone, where all exports and imports would be made through.
The rail lines, roads connecting Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda, Somalia, and the greater land-locked East and Central Africa would make the worlds super economy.
The Chinese influence in these projects and their monopoly in the construction of the same also is interesting.
Kenya and Uganda are about to ro-llout the heated crude oil pipeline construction which could stimulate mega -economic growth.
By causing a war in one of the LAPSET member-partner state, the ripple effect on the usefulness of the project is felt pretty well.
That is one big reason why a foreign master is supplying South Sudan rebels with guns to keep fighting.