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Over 1,000 rebels defect to Changson Chang’s faction

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August 15, 2016 (KAJO-KEJI) - At least 1100 soldiers who reportedly defected from South Sudan People Patriotic Front (SSPF), a rebel groups based in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state, have allegedly joined Gabriel Changson Chang’s South Sudan Army Forces/ Federal Democratic Party (SSAF/FDP).

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Gabriel Changson Chang (ST Photo)

Brigadier Gen. Dahab Dobuol Gew told Sudan Tribune from an undisclosed location in South Sudan that they have switched sides from Charles Kasanga after accusing him for signing an agreement with the government.

“We are no longer anymore with SSPF, but we have decided to join the South Sudan Army Forces under commander-in-chief of Changson Lew,” he said.

Dobuol said the common cause of taking up arms against the government was the betrayal by Kasanga, who they believed accepted an offer after series of negotiations with the South Sudanese government.

He however said they are coordinating with the SSAF/FDP chairman to form a coalition fighting group to restore peace and democracy among the people of South Sudan.

“Our decision to split out from the SSPF was that we see our members were lured into fake cheating by the government after forgetting of why they picked up the guns to fight President Salva Kiir’s dictatorial regime”, said Dobuol.

According to the official, the murder of civilians during the mid-December 2013 outbreak of conflict in the capital, Juba was the main reason why they took up arms to bring change in the whole country.

The groups say they would maintain different armed forces apart from the SPLA-IO, adding they would only cooperate towards fighting president Kiir forces, but with different commands of authority.

“We as South Sudanese factions who rose up against the Juba regime will be fighting for common agenda and shall continue with process of struggle until we restore peace in the country,” he stressed.

Dobuol said the allied forces to SSAF/FDP are present in Western, Eastern and Central Equatoria states.

A group of SSAF/FDP politicians led by Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth surrendered this year, but were dismissed from the party by Changson, who accused them of striking a dialogue with the Juba government without his notice.

(ST)

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  • 18 August 14:05, by Kerem

    The whole Equatoria has now been infested with rebellions which is a popular practice among the Nuers. Equatoria shall never smell any peace now.

    Stupid South Sudanese can just follow whoever wants to fight the government but this culture shall never end even if Salva is removed

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    • 18 August 16:08, by Hardlinner

      kerem, they simply don’t know that anyone even current government if overthrown can also form rebellion to fight whoever overthrow them. the best solution to south sudan issues is through peaceful transition of power via election. majority dinka can easily voted out kiir government if clean and nationalist leaders contested.

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      • 18 August 19:20, by Mr Point

        That argument fails because Kiir will never allow peacerulean transfer of political power through elections. He started massacres in December 2013 when his position looked weak. He split the country and created two armies in the civil war

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        • 18 August 19:21, by Mr Point

          Kiir will never allow peaceful transfer of political power

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