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South Sudan SSOA faction resists calls to suspend Peter Gatdet’s election


SSUM leader Peter Gatdet Yaka
December 5, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The political crisis among the groups of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) has worsened as several resist calls to suspend the election of Peter Gatdet as the new chairman.

The election of the South Sudan United Movement (SSUM) leader Peter Gatdet on 30 November triggered a political crisis among the SSOA which was seen as the third political force to append its signature on the revitalized peace agreement on 12 September 2018.

A group led by the ousted leader Gabriel Changson announced on Tuesday that an agreement was reached to suspend the election and vowed to work collectively and amicably towards resolution of all the concerns and within the shortest time possible.

In response, Peter Gatdet’s supporters Wednesday maintained that SSUM leader was elected in "a transparent election took place in line with the SSOA Charter and Regulations under elaborate procedures agreed upon unanimously by all."

They further went to point an accusing finger to Juba’s meddling in the alliance internal affairs saying that the 4th December meeting that decided the suspension was "chaired by a very senior" South Sudanese government official.

"We, the undersigned declare that the said decision of this group to suspend the election or the Chairman of SSOA is null and void," said the Peter Gatdet’s allies in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

The statement further called on the IGAD and the international community to channel all communication connected with SSOA and the implementation of R-ARCSS to the elected Chairman of SSOA, Gen. Peter Gatdet Yak and his team.

This development if not resolved quickly will jeopardize the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement and the work of the different pre-transitional period mechanisms.

The statement underscored that two constituent members (Lam Akol and Peter Gatdet) had been excluded from the 4 November meeting.

Wednesday’s statement was signed by Thomas Peter Okac (FDP), Gen (PSC, ll8) Henry Oyay (NAS), Lam Akol (NDM), Anas Richard Zanga (PDM), Thomas Ali Bilal (SSSNMC), Gen Jacob NyierGatkuoth (SSLM) and Gen Peter Gadet Yak (SSUM).

On Tuesday the suspension was decided by Gabriel Changson Chang (FDP/SSAF), Khalid Butros Bora (NAS), Josephine Lagu Yanga (PDM), Joseph B. Bakasoro (SSNMC), Hussein Abdelbagi Akol (SSPM), BapinyMonytuilWejang (SSLM).

Observers denote that the FDP, NAS, PDM, SSNMC and SSLM are represented in the two factions of the SSOA by different persons. This development means that the ongoing rift also affects the unity of the alliance’s groups.

SSOA’s Changson spokesperson Hussein Abdel-Bagui told Sudan Tribune that the signatories of Tuesday’s statement are the parties’ leaders or representatives accredited at the IGAD except, Lam Akol and Peter Gatdet "who leads the other faction", as he said.

He further stressed their commitment to the unity of the alliance under the leadership of Changson.


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  • 6 December 00:49, by Joseph Canada

    I can only foresee one thing. The so call Changson will now take his group to join his Jeng C. In Juba to seek for another personal food position. Soon you will hear this.

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    • 6 December 07:21, by Joyuma John

      we should not be surprised with what is happening in SSOA leadership. This is the central point for them to be in a bush. This infighting was caused by lack of realism in their political organization, Waite true colours shall surfacing soon. They are now doing it on their own, but when their small brain fail them to achieve their objective, they jump to reproach Jieng/Dinka, but where is Jieng her

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  • 6 December 06:05, by Eastern

    I like the unfolding drama.......!

    South Sudanese elites are showcasing their madness to all and sundry. When the moment for electing on of Kiir’s deputies comes, expect more drama...

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    • 6 December 13:04, by Marco A. Wek

      Poor South Sudanese people might still think those jumping the boats of destruction of their country and lives are there for good cause, rather, they
      are there as wolves fighting for their own interests. What a shame? Look, in only five years period of rebellion, how many sections of rebel groups we have now and break up continues.

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  • 6 December 06:37, by Joker Wizard

    No matter what we said, will not change anything, both Gatdet and Changson are setting suns and should retire. They both have no new idea(s) for SS. The country is bigger than any of us. The only Idea they have is exits plan. Time has come for new generation to takeover. the same applies to the two >>>>> ..... God Bless SS

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  • 6 December 14:29, by Kush Natives

    Are they making it down to Juba that way?

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  • 6 December 16:52, by Joseph Canada

    They will all end up working for Kiir who in turn work for Museveni and Bashir to sell South Sudan for their own personal gains. Shame shame damn shame!!

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