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SSOA holdout groups voice rejection of South Sudan’s revitalized peace

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September 14, 2018 (JUBA) - Several groups members of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance voiced their rejection of the revitalized peace agreement saying it only serves Sudan and Uganda interests and pledged to continue their struggle for a sustainable peace.

The media release announcing the rejection was signed by the National Salvation Front (NAS) of Gen. Thomas C. Swaka, Pagan A. Oketch, People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) chaired by Hakim Dario, National Democratic Movement (NDM) led by Emanuel Aban and the United Democratic Republic Alliance (UDRA) of Gatwech K. Thich.

The NAS and PDM have already rejected the governance agreement pointing it does not respond to their demand for a genuine federal system. Also, Pagan Amum rejected the governance deal as the Chair of the SPLM-FDs but this time he appended his signature without the name of his.

"We, the undersigned leaders and our respective organizations would like to inform our people and the international community that we are not party to the Revitalized Peace Agreement signed on 12th September 2018," reads the statement.

The holdout leaders further vowed to continue the search for a just, inclusive and sustainable peace.

In addition, they called on the United Nations Security Council, the AU, TROIKA, EU and IGAD Plus "to take note of the shortcomings of the signed peace agreement, which now renders it unsustainable and subservient to outside regional interests than to those of the people of South Sudan".

Beside their demand for a strong federal regime, the non-signatories said the agreement failed to address the root causes of the South Sudanese crisis, to bring justice and accountability for war crimes and atrocities.

All these deficiencies make the "Revitalized Peace Agreement unsustainable, and is at a great risk of returning the country to another war as it did in July 2016," they stressed.

The IGAD leaders responded positively to the demands of the SPLM-IO and SSOA in terms of the disputed number of states and tribal boundaries, decision-making process in the meeting of the presidency, cabinet, and the legislative assembly as well as state and local governments. Also, they reviewed the procedures of the permanent constitutional-making process.

However, during the talks, NAS and PDM accused the mediation of brushing aside their demands for a federal system granting sufficient autonomy and adequate resources to the states vis-à-vis the federal government.

Observers say the mediation approach adopted by the IGAD this time was positive because the mediation team when it fails to reach a compromise between the parties used to refer the disputed matter s to the IGAD leadership which play the mediation at another sphere directly at the level of foreign ministers or the heads of state and government.

However, they say what is problematic, it sometimes allows the government to impose its point of view at the higher levels of negotiations when the matters are discussed by the ministers and leaders without giving the opposition the opportunity to advocate its positions.

During the Khartoum round of talks, the opposition reached the Sudanese president who sought to reflect their positions at the meetings of the heads of state and government. Also, Omer al-Bashir used to coordinate with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to press Kiir to make some concessions.

The Troika countries praised the role played by the IGAD in the resolution of the conflict but remained sceptical over Juba full commitment to implement the deal, based on the repeated violations of the ceasefire agreement and attacks on civilians and aid workers.

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  • 15 September 07:51, by Kush Natives

    Childish goon, bunch of self interest groups are 🏃 politics in foreign countries. Why baby crying now? Everyone including you were invited to AA to express themselves before final peace agreement is signed. Now, you just start regretting. Peace is completely signed, and concern citizens are still celebrating now as we’re speaking. Now, you can start lobbying the government of national unity for b

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    • 15 September 08:00, by Kush Natives

      - brand new peace process. Otherwise the government and the former IOs leadership are putting up a mechanism of how to implement the successful peace agreement. NAS, FDs, PDM and so forth are now to determine their destiny, either join the already signed peace with the rest of South Sudanese or keep your guns silent in the bushes till we come back to you. We’re tired of so much greed self serving e

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      • 15 September 08:10, by Kush Natives

        - elite group within the opposition, federalism, 32 states, 3 regions and 10 states did not caused any war. So, what’s it people are subjected to a generation of war? Corruption is the only thing that caused the war. Thomas and Pagan were among top wanted officials for the corruption allegations. No one benefited from oil since 2005 in South Sudan, except all those rebels.

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        • 15 September 16:42, by jubaone

          Bush Natives
          You have lived sooo long in the diaspora that you have lost complete sense of reality and just believing in the jienge foolish narrative. Always the rest are responsible forgetting that the jienges are the least controllable savages. Do you know that 95% of all those Dura saga racketeers who swindled $1.6b were jienges? Shut up 😒

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      • 15 September 08:18, by Malakal county Simon

        For your information,

        IO is not a former yet, until signed peace has been implemented in good spirit otherwise, we are still a peace partners!!

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        • 15 September 08:35, by Kush Natives

          Malakal county Simon,
          There’s nothing wrong with calling an IO a former opposition, they will share the same government now. So, let’s put all the implementation of this peace on shoulders, so that no side will start counting itself out of the deal. Let’s insert our energy into it so that our kids go back to school tomorrow. Let’s reconcile here in the media as well. I haven’t gone to my farm for

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          • 15 September 08:37, by Kush Natives

            - 4 years because of insecurity in the country side, let’s enjoy the peace once for all! God bless South Sudan, one people one nation under God!

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            • 15 September 09:11, by Malakal county Simon

              Let’s see how we go!!

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  • 15 September 10:09, by aborigin

    Thomas should up his game, he is going to be the biggest loser here because politics is a game of give and take and "if you can’t defeat them, join the"... the ball is in his court now.

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    • 15 September 10:12, by Eastern

      Looking at this as purely Thomas’ game is being myopic. Thomas is in Cirilo and the Khartoum peace jokes is out there for all and sundry to see...What is your problem with Thomas the Cirilo...?

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      • 15 September 11:09, by South South

        Eastern,

        People like Thomas Cirillo and you are the one who make South Sudan weak and create huge suffering to our people. Thomas Cirillo is still sitting in a hotel and blame other countries of taking advantage to loot South Sudan. He is the one who gives these countries power to interfere to our country affairs. Sudan and Uganda benefit from Cirillo’s rebellion.

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        • 15 September 11:23, by jubaone

          South South
          That is jienge crap. Who allowed the jellaba to now go protect the oil fields and ready to pay them the remaining $1.2b? Who is the one that has allowed jellaba to come and own land, assets, do business unhindered in SS? Who is responsible that even in Warrap no single km of tarmac road exists? Watch up boy!

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          • 15 September 11:29, by South South

            jubaone,

            I am a great fighter, but I respect my people. $1.2b is a remaining from that shit agreement wicked Pagan brought to us. As for fake Arabs to protect oil fields in South Sudan. You need to ask yourself simple question? Who are they afraid of to protect oil fields in South Sudan? Rebels in South Sudan. It’s people like Cirillo who allows fake Arabs to come back again to South Sudan.

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            • 15 September 11:53, by jubaone

              South South
              I remember around Aug 2012 when SS "forces" attacked Heglig (Panthou)and drove away the jellaba. The area was liberated. Just after about 2 weeks the Kiirminal ordered the forces to withdraw. Senior officers including Gen Cirillo were bitter cuz the forces were ordered to get out for NO good reason. During their withdrawal,hundreds were killed by bombarding jellaba planes.

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            • 15 September 11:57, by jubaone

              South South
              Pagan Amum did NOT do that alone. Do you remember when Bashir came to Juba just during Independence celebrations at Juba Stadium and accused the SPLM for having squandered $60m that was NEVER accounted for? The Kiirminal as SPLM Chairman knew it and Amum as SG also knew it. Dont exonerate the Kiirminal cuz he´s a jienge. Bullshit

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              • 15 September 12:00, by jubaone

                South South
                This $3b deal to "buy" our freedom from the very enslavers, tormentors and worthless jellaba "chotaras" or scum is mind boggling. The Kiirminal knew all this and allowed it to happen. Now SS must pay these jellaba and yet SS has no good schools, hospitals, roads, bridges etc. It is sickening. That is being a real "bush nigga"

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            • 15 September 12:06, by jubaone

              South South
              I dont buy into this jienge narrative. Fighting alone for the liberation of SS wasnt enough. We MUST thank all SS for having VOTED in the referendum for SEPARATION without which our independence would be nothing. Also great are all SS who that fought. DONT praise yourself. I also fought, but I dont hang that out like a car shield

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              • 15 September 12:46, by South South

                jubaone,

                I do respect our leaders who started South Sudan liberation since 1955. Those who started 1955 war are great leaders and we should thank them all the time. We also should put in our books and teach our children about those who VOTED in the referendum for separation.That has been said, I have problem with people who want just to fight and rebel in South Sudan for nothing, but for power.

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                • 15 September 12:47, by South South

                  jubaone,

                  Kiir was forced out from Heglig by wicked Obama.

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                  • 15 September 13:22, by jubaone

                    South South
                    He tagged in his tail. He is a coward. How could he let some jellaba take his "own land" and listen to Obama? Now they have taken Abyei, Hufrat en Nahas, Kafia Kingi while Kenya has taken Ilemi Trinagle and the Kiirminal says nothing except drinking and dreaming! Sorry

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        • 16 September 07:48, by Jongo

          SouthX2
          You are absolute right People like Thomas & Eastern are the who make South Sudan weak & create a huge suffering to our people No comment!! But people like Riak,Lam,Bagan,Deng,Mabior,Rebecca,Peter,David,Gerge,Malong,all jenge & more These are patriotic who make South Sudan stronge & create a huge prosper to our people.Stupid go home you dirty big ass

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    • 15 September 11:06, by jubaone

      Aborigin
      In the sub-consciousness of the jienge and nyagat, he who asserts himself with force has a say. Why dont you just leave Gen Cirillo alone to mobilize reasonable Equatorians and few non-Equatorians for his cause? Gen Cirillo cant join anyone, but anyone can join him. Its about ideals: I would suggest he goes for "Equatexit".

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      • 15 September 11:11, by jubaone

        Aborigin
        If the Kiirminal and Riak have tried it several times and didnt work, why do you think it will work this time? You cant dry up the same shit in the hope it will turn into some flour for "asida". No. The message that the world gets is, SS has no young alternative leaders. The youth are screwed up and simply follow their leaders like cows. How? You and I have had NO space to lead ever since

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        • 15 September 11:16, by jubaone

          Aborigin
          Jienges and nyagats will still end up idling and squatting in Equatoria while their junk states turn into human zoos. It´d be wonderful, if they started resettling to their ancestral lands and develop them. That will NEVER happen cuz, development and progress are not in their culture. The 32 states are just like "32 undeveloped plots". Real federalism/kokora is the only solution

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          • 15 September 12:08, by aborigin

            Jubaone,
            I don’t like responding to you purely because you are so blinded of hatred which puts you entirely into the docket of uncivilized persons. Read my other comments and regurgitate them and you will realize i am talking sense, i am not interested in tribalism.

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      • 15 September 11:17, by South South

        jubaone,

        Let’s tell the truth to the world. Thomas Cirillo will create more suffering to Karo people. This is the only thing he will be able to do, so the question is: Why do anyone wants to attach himself/herself to such person. Leave him alone. When Gordon Mourtat refused 1972 peace agreement, he went to exile in UK because regional countries refused to take him in. The same game to Cirillo

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        • 15 September 12:11, by jubaone

          South South
          Are you suggesting that the jienges suffered cuz Gordon Mourtat rejected the AA peace of 1972 and went to exile in London? He may have died, but he stood for real ideals. Some jienges that hated him like your uncle Aber Alier simply went "jellaba" and were coerced. Die for an idea that will live, than live for an idea that will die.

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  • 15 September 10:24, by aborigin

    Well lets talk squarely of the stakeholders rejecting the R-ARCSS just to avoid the petty ignorance of summing it up "myopic".... anyone who wants to be relevant is missing out in this game (kpa), it might be hard for some to understand BUT wise ones would thank me later.

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