Bor — Angry soldiers attached to Brigade 47 in Panpandir division headquarters of Jonglei state on Thursday blocked roads to the capital, Bor, citing delays in payments over a six-month period.
"We have not been paid for six months now. We have borrowed more than we can pay from these shops. Some went for firewood business, but no success due to poor market here. That was the reason why we decided to block the road", Simon Mathung, one of the soldiers, explained.
Car, motorbikes and bicycles remained stranded from Thursday till Friday. They only proceeded after the soldiers received their pay Friday.
Minimal clashes, eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune, reportedly occurred within the division headquarters as a result of the protest over delay in payments of officers.
One of the soldiers, who sustained a broken arm, said he was beaten an angry colleague, after he attempted to dismantle the staged road block on Thursday.
Soldiers from brigade 47 were mainly involved in fighting against David Yau Yau rebels in Pibor County, but while some escaped without permission, other remained at the headquarters before their deployment three months ago.
Sudan Tribune was unable to reach the army spokesperson over the matter.