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SSNMC faction removes Bakosoro over South Sudan revitalized deal


September 21, 2018 (JUBA) - A faction of the opposition South Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC) announced its rejection of the revitalized peace agreement and removed its chairman Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro saying he endorsed the deal despite the rejection of the leading members.

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Former Western Equatoria governor Joseph Bangansi Bakosoro (File photo: Larco Lomayat)

The SSNMC is a member of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance which has been strongly divided over the revitalized peace agreement as some of them rejected the deal while others signed it. Bakosoro who was the former governor of Western Equatoria was among the signatories of the IGAD brokered agreement.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune signed by the SSNMC Secretary General Kwaje Lasu, the group regretted that Bakosoro was among the signatories of the revitalized peace agreement.

"We wish to let the South Sudanese people and the world know that the Chairman acted contrary to the decision of the SSNMC leadership," reads the statement.

"The Chairman avoided any meaningful engagement with the SSNMC base and rejected verbal and written strong recommendations conveyed to him and SSOA by SSNMC leadership at the negotiations in Khartoum not to initial/sign any bad agreement and walk away from the talks," it further stressed.

The statement said the signing of an oil deal with the Sudan which mediated the talks on the outstanding issues in the revitalization process " created a serious conflict of interest" comprising its role as a mediator.

Further said that the agreement endorses and codifies "ill designs by the regime in South Sudan and the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) to strategically benefit and empower one ethnic group" through the creation of 32 states.

The statement further said that Bakosoro has been dismissed from his position as the Chairman of SSNMC and announced the appointment of the Deputy Chairman Vakindi Unvuas interim Chairman of SSNMC.

"The SSNMC forces on the ground remain under the command of General Abraham Wani and are in full support of the changes in the leadership of SSNMC," further stressed the statement.

The former governor was not reachable for comment on these developments. However, observers say his sack confirms the fragmentation process of the opposition groups as a result of the revitalized deal.

Also, the move is seen as another hit to the opposition alliance, which was formed last April to deliver a united and strong message of the various South Sudanese groups in a peace process dominated by the SPLM-In-Government of President Kiir and SPLM-In-Opposition led by Riek Machar.

Already, the National Salvation Front (NAS), People’s Democratic Movement (PDM), National Democratic Movement (NDM), United Democratic Republic Alliance (UDRA) and Pagan Amum issued a joint statement rejecting the deal.

"SSNMC along with other like-minded partners in SSOA remain seized of the pursuit of meaningful negotiated settlement to the crisis in South fulfilhat will fulfill the aspirations of the people," said the statement.


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  • 22 September 2018 12:12, by Kush Natives

    That’s what exactly happened people faked themselves in the social media as a rebels, more results are still yielding. Where in a world could a chairman of the moment leave and signed the peace without any knowledge of the general secretary? Can anybody answer me please? I am confused! What’s the vision here? Where’s the common ideals?

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    • 22 September 2018 13:43, by Joyuma John

      Dear Kush, you have put a very good question, but please no one will provide you with a right answer, what s.sudan rebels are doing please had never been happening on this world,cited a simple e.g. When John Garang signed CPA, we members were aware , because we’re having all unite forum in the SPLM/A, but these rebells are doom for power, they are doing a lot of shit which can not help any more

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      • 22 September 2018 22:04, by padiit gaga

        Joyuma John

        Hey man do not blam those revitalization peace, they are those who fought for their freedom especially SPLA.IO but other parties like your Uncle party must wait to sign their own if they don’t agree with IO and Goss.

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    • 22 September 2018 17:10, by lino

      Sleeping Southerners!!! What have happened in Khartoum was a negotiation at gun point! You all know very well our old enemy and new godfather are very good in pressing us!!! If this revitalization was not moved to Khartoum, we would have been still negotiating to date; ask oppositions leaders from FD who attended the first round and didn’t return leaving Deng Alor the lonely guy there!!!

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      • 22 September 2018 17:13, by lino

        The future will tell us the reality about this peace soon!!! I am not an Equatorian, but I know most of them aren’t happy with it which will make even the implementation difficult and salty and we will all taste it !!!

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  • 22 September 2018 13:43, by aborigin

    Kush Native,
    This is the very sickness we must eliminate amongst our populace, when left out, one threatens to pull out or not being part of the coalition, if all of them are included in power sharing none will complain. Honestly they should give peace a chance, Junubin have suffered alot.

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  • 22 September 2018 17:36, by Theone

    A Country where everyone wants to be a president,a minister cannot survive.

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    • 22 September 2018 18:37, by jubaone

      This is an indication of lack of consensus, poor intra-party dialogue, anachronistic hierarchy where old politicians assume they know everything and the young have no political space, cultural perceptions. Junubin don’t dialogue, but have to be forced and coerced. This endless rebellions grrh!

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  • 22 September 2018 23:21, by One people

    This is untrue report. Please, leave South Sudanese leaders alone. If you want you can report your fake news about gay ass soldier name Thomas Cirilo that he captured an small farm in the village and his husband Jubaone says that he wants to build luake in that farm for him and his gay wife Cirilo to stay in it until jienge come by to take it from them in the nearest future

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    • 24 September 2018 09:43, by jubaone

      One People
      I understand how you as a luakjieng who spent much of your worthless jienge life in a luak and passionately practiced sodomy among yourselves. I also understand why much of your statements focus much more on "ass, gay .." ya luti muarass. I also understand why you like raping defenseless women and teenage girls cuz no ordinary woman would dare touch such jienge scum and filth.

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  • 23 September 2018 02:25, by One people

    No one can remove Abubakar Bakar soro from his hotel office. Only gay soldier like Thomas can be remove, because his mouth looks like jienge cow vagina and also his head looks like D

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    • 24 September 2018 10:57, by jubaone

      One People
      I know that such vulgarity and uncouth statements can only come from such scumbags that have had no formal education at their homes. How? After all such type of worthless beings can only be found in the streets like dogs.

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