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Josephine Lagu establishes new splinter group supporting S. Sudan peace deal


September 28, 2018 (JUBA) - Josephine Lagu Yanga, a former member of the opposition People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) negotiating team Friday announced that it will lead a faction gathering the group members supporting the revitalized peace agreement.

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Josephine Lagu Yanga (ST photo)

On 10 September PDM leader Hakim Dario sacked Josephine Lago from his negotiating team without explaining the reason for his decision. But different sources confirmed that the daughter of the former leader of the Anya Nya rebels ignored his directives to not support the signing of the revitalized peace agreement.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Friday, Lagu took note of Dario’s decision to relieve her from the party and explained that she is supportive of this imperfect deal because if faithfully implemented could lay the foundation for securing a sustainable peace"

"It is now clear that the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) has fractured again into two factions: PDM and PDM for Peace (PDM-P). PDM under the leadership of Dr Hakim Moi Dario has rejected the Revitalised Peace Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan,( R- ARCSS) 2018 in its totality," she stressed.

She further said that the decision to establish the PDM-P was taken after a broad consultation with civil society groups, women’s groups, faith leaders and community elders both in Sudan, the region and in the Diaspora.

She further pointed that they have contributed to establish the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA)which is now the third significant political force in the country.

Adding "We will continue to work within the block".

The PDM, South Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC) and the National Salvation Front (NAS) are three groups that rejected the revitalized peace agreement and experienced a split over the revitalized peace agreement.

Observers agree that the dynamic of fragmentation now hits the holdout groups, wondering if this development would encourage them to reconsider their position or to move towards an open obstruction of the implementation process of the peace agreement through the armed action.

Lagu who is now the Interim Chairperson of the People’s Democratic Movement for Peace said that its faction will work within the SSOA as a non-armed movement.

She vowed to work to achieve "social justice, equality, inclusivity, democratic transformation, equitable participation in national decision-making processes, rule of law, fundamental freedoms, human and people’s rights throughout the implementation process and beyond".


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  • 28 September 23:29, by Joseph Canada

    Which Diaspora are you talking about Lady? first of all you are a traitor to just the way your dad did with Nimeri and Abel Alier. The killing of Innocent people in Eastern. Central and Western Equatoria, Upper Nile and part of Bar-El Gazalle means nothing to you. The Land grabbing in Equatoria region and death of innocent people in Yei and Lanya means nothing to you. Shame on you!

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    • 29 September 04:14, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Please give peace a chance! This may be a last trial of lasting peace, I’m hopeful. All rebellions in RSS are by those who once corrupted & embezzled public funds. They’re all dirty & guilty both in govt & in rebellions.

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      • 29 September 07:55, by Joseph Canada

        Shed rack, I know for you people who share the same same minds of land grabbing just want peace and think you will burry the hatchets. That’s why you people create cheos all over the Nation. To claim that those who refuse peace were the corrupt? Others might be but I didn’t any Equatorians who smuggle money out of South Sudan. Leave alone the land grabbers and unknown gunmen.

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  • 28 September 23:30, by Joseph Canada

    Which Diaspora are you talking about Lady? first of all you are a traitor to just the way your dad did with Nimeri and Abel Alier. The killing of Innocent people in Eastern. Central and Western Equatoria, Upper Nile and part of Bar-El Gazalle means nothing to you. The Land grabbing in Equatoria region and death of innocent people in Yei and Lanya means nothing to you. Shame on you!

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  • 28 September 23:31, by Joseph Canada

    Which Diaspora are you talking about Lady? first of all you are a traitor to just the way your dad did with Nimeri and Abel Alier. The killing of Innocent people in Eastern. Central and Western Equatoria, Upper Nile and part of Bar-El Gazalle means nothing to you. The Land grabbing in Equatoria region and death of innocent people in Yei and Lanya means nothing to you. Shame on you!

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  • 29 September 01:25, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


    Please, you are dragging Lagu family name down! What an opportunist!!

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    • 29 September 06:57, by jubaone

      That is desperation and treading on treachery like her father who betrayed and hijacked the movement then from Aggery Jaden leader of the Southern Sudan Provisional Govt and renamed it Anyanya. Lagu the then highest ranking junibi in the Sudanese army led it single handedly. The rest is history. Joseph Lagu, Josephine Lagu. Just the same shit.

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      • 29 September 07:04, by jubaone

        In order to silence and takeover Madiland, the Kiirminal appointed Joseph Lagu as advisor. Sadly, the old man 👴 perhaps was too old, weak or turned amnesiac and didn’t know that these worthless jienge creatures were grabbing Madiland. Jienges have taken the land and Lagu should have galvanized Madis to kick out these settlers. Nothing is happening.

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        • 29 September 11:30, by The Rhino

          Jubaone,Eastern,Jur and J.Canada,

          We are glad that we’ve NAS and PDM to kick out naive Equatorians who conspire with jienges.Not only do we have issues with f**king jienges who’ve excessively murdered in Equatoria but also those who’ve promoted or given them comfort to stay in our territories.What peace is this woman talking about?Anybody who thinks that jienges would voluntarily migrate back....

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          • 29 September 11:38, by The Rhino

            ...to their luaks is miscalculating his/her assessments.These chaotic savages don’t have wars in their luaks,still you can find them in numbers across Equatoria or Upper Nile,squatting,roaming and causing only conflicts and instability.This Josephine is playing with fire.She is just as useless as her father to betray Equatorians and Madi people in particular.

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  • 29 September 08:51, by Eastern


    As long as any other emerges not form within NAS, why the qualm...? This woman was nearly stripped naked by Gier Chuang when she was falsely accused by GoSS officials of financial improprieties. Josephine Lagu is acting naive. Like father, like daughter....!

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    • 29 September 11:58, by Reuben

      Except jur_likang_a_ likan’g the rest were talking rubbish. Differentiate between Joseph Lagu and Josephine Lagu. Joseph Lagu was a great Leader who loves South Sudan, During his period all south Sudanese benefited. There was no tribalism. All his army were from all tribes. Now compare his movement to NAS or PDM and tell me who is tribalist?

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  • 29 September 12:26, by One grandson


    They say " There is no unity in nation of tribe" Why single out Josephine Lagu? Look! What is going on in the camp of Bakasoro and the internal rivalry within Sawaka’s movement?

    Bari speakers already political divided themselves into three, meaning they have to go neck to neck on each other to convince other Equatoria tribes to join their movement.

    Is this the way to federalism?

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    • 29 September 14:12, by Redeemer

      Jubaone, Eastern, Jur and the likes
      Joseph Lagu is a great man that no one stand on his face in the history of South Sudan. SPLA/M was a continuation of his struggle of Anyanya. His 1972 agreement was a strategy of building up young leaders and indeed his calculations were perfectly correct. Stop your madness, if you guys are fighting for the people’s rights, why are you fighting IO’s?

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      • 29 September 17:27, by The Rhino


        You are either foolish or have no common sense calling a lamed duck Joseph Lagu a ’great man’.Great people have legacies full of dignity and respect within their immediate communities and far beyond.If supposedly your J.Lagu were so great and truest Equatorian,I bet none of you savages would ever dare come to Equatoria and misbehave,kill or rape with impunity.You f**king infidels.......

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        • 29 September 17:34, by The Rhino


          ...would have had it difficult to practice anarchy,laziness,crimes and disrespect before the eyes of the ’great man’s society.Now shut up idiot.

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    • 29 September 15:09, by jubaone

      One Grandson
      Josephine Lagu foolishly believes in a good faith, of the jienges without positioning herself. She is either for federalism or for the devil. PDM like NAS stand strongly for federalism while Bakasoro was confused and had no position. For this reason he was removed. Any Equatorians who don’t advocate for federalism are jienge hirelings and sellouts. They can’t speak for us. Period

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      • 29 September 17:42, by The Rhino


        Excellent words,thank you!

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  • 29 September 18:45, by One grandson

    Jubaone and Lino,

    The rule is simple and direct, rebel leader cannot stand for election. What is the plan here? Is it about toppling Jieng gov’t militarily or democratically. Where is the split taking Equatoria to? Why not to unite under one movement? South Sudan is just a mess. They will come to their sense when the oil is drained while the looters reserved theirs.

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    • 29 September 19:16, by Eastern

      Whoever believes in elections in South Sudan.....the shoddy elections that shall be organised at the end of Kiir-Machar marriage of convenience will mark another round of violence/armed insurrection in the country. When the negotiations in Khartoum were fraught with dishonesty, what do you expect of a Kiir-supervised elections? Ever heard of a man called MUSEVENI?

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      • 29 September 22:05, by The Rhino


        This Kiir-Machar marriage is doomed to shatter.Both men are accounted for the death of at least 400,000(yes,four hundred thousand) South Sudanese and displacement of roughly half of the population in South Sudan.,only within 5 years.The rest of the population are either traumatized or hanging by the thread ready to die from tormenting hunger.No sound South Sudanese would ever elect one..

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        • 29 September 22:13, by The Rhino

          ...of these two criminals for a leader.A Psychiatrist or Psychologist would immediately terminate Kiir or Machar’s political activities and send them either to court or death row for the immense atrocities they’ve committed upon the people of South Sudan.These two started the war and destroyed our country,why should anybody elect one of them?

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