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Struggle for South Sudan vice-president is behind SSOA’s crisis: Changson


December 7, 2018 (JUBA) - Gabriel Changson one of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) figures claiming the leadership of the group, said the struggle for the position of the vice president is one of the reasons on the crisis in the coalition.

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Gabriel Changson Chang (file/ST)

On 30 November, Peter Gatdet the leader of South Sudan United Movement (SSUM) was elected as the of the opposition alliance. But the incumbent leader Gabriel Changson rejected the vote and organized another meeting on 4 November where he has been reinstituted by the factions supporting him.

The dispute has affected the different factions of the alliance as the two leaders are recruiting supporters from these groups to legitimize their election at the head of the group.

"One of the reasons that why we are fighting on the table is the issue of the vice president that has been earmarked for SSOA," he said in an interview Thursday with VOA’s South Sudan in Focus on Friday.

"Dr Lam accusing me that during my stay in Juba I’m lobbying for the vice president’s position and I met with Taban Deng. In Washington, he was promised by Taban to be the vice president. Hussain Abdel-Bagui is doing the same," he said.

Changson who rejected Peter Gatdet’s claim for the leadership of the group, further put it clear that SSOA’s positions in the upcoming Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) will only be distributed by the opposition alliance

"One thing is very clear our positions will never be distributed by the TGoNU nor by IO they will be only distributed by SSOA and its leadership," he said.

In line with the peace agreement signed on 12 September 2018, the presidency during the transitional period shall comprise the president, the first vice president, and four Vice Presidents one of them is nominated by SSOA.

Changson reiterated his objection that Peter Gatdet who is under UN individual sanctions cannot lead the alliance.


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  • 8 December 2018 13:44, by Joseph Canada

    What did I say before??? It must st be him who was born to Rule or nothing else!!! I pity these idiot minded dudes. This is why when PDM/ NAS talk about the three states, you hear the likes of born to rule think that P.C and Dr. H.D are tribalist from Equatoria who want to bring Kokora back, which’s not true. We need the three regions guys. Simple as that.

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  • 8 December 2018 14:31, by Redeemer

    Joseph Canada
    politics with no logic is of no use. What creates opportunities for the public is the most needed policy not the policy of de-employment. Do you know how many civil servants will loose their jobs if we go back former regions?Don’t think that people are not aware of what will happen? Can you say something on that right here? Everybody is waiting to hear from u who are campaigning

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    • 9 December 2018 03:33, by Pakuai

      Are you talking about jobs losses? What are you smoking chap? All the oil fields are in the greater upper Nile including the untapped oil fields. And if it were about jobs, then why the evils come and work in them? Redeemer, this Joseph Canada fool is just another Bari who living under the rock like they all are>>>

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      • 9 December 2018 03:40, by Pakuai

        This Joseph Canada idiot even call himself ’Joseph Canada’ If he really ever went to Canada, then the idiot must know that ’Ottawa is the Canadian seat of government’ and all Canadians can go and live in Ottawa if they damn can live there. Next door to us, in Kenya, Nairobi is a Masai country and all the Kenyan who wants to go & live in Nairobi can damn can>>>

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        • 9 December 2018 03:48, by Pakuai

          and many other countries where the Capital is established over other people’s lands. Rumciel, Eastern Lake is not ’a Terra Nules’, It is an Aliab Dinkas, Ciec & Atuot Abangbar and even Agaar country. But it will be made ’the capital of South Sudan anyway because these communities know what South Sudan & the South Sudan are>>>

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          • 9 December 2018 03:56, by Pakuai

            Countries like Nigeria established their own Abusha out of Lagos, Ivory coast establish their own their city of Abidjan, people of Australia establish their own city of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Perth to Canberra. New zealand people even don’t have their government seat in Auckland, but Wellington. I am veering out though. But to tell our Barias,>>>

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            • 9 December 2018 04:07, by Pakuai

              and our ’Nuers ke nyantoc’ and our Shilluks the truths is like telling the *a stone* to listen. Dr. John Garang & the SPLM/A was the one who proposed Juba to be the ’seat of the government of South Sudan after the CPA in 2005’ and the SPLM/A knew why. When we entered Juba in 2005. There was nothing in Juba, only Barias feces (cheth). For those South Sudanese who don’t know the Barias mentality>>>

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              • 9 December 2018 04:13, by Pakuai

                the Dinkas/Jenges are considered Barias land grabbers. In 2011, this idea was put in to the test that Dinkas/Jenges with army ranks take the Barias land by force in Juba simply because they were Dinkas/Jenges. It turned out that some ’Barias often sell their lands to the Dinkas/Jenges’ and then go spread lies after lies that the Dinkas/Jenges are grabbing their lands by force>>>

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                • 9 December 2018 04:26, by Pakuai

                  Many Barias even told their ’kins to stop telling lies’ when they sell their own lands to others. All the Dinkas/Jenges are considered as ’Abel Alier’ by the Barias. Abel Alier is considered to have ’taken power from Joseph Lagu’. After Adis Ababa’s 1972 peace agreement. Barias don’t even know that Mr. Abel Alier was their allies>>>

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                  • 9 December 2018 04:37, by Pakuai

                    Barias even named ’catfish’ as Abel Alier. There is a green food ’guet guet’ has let the Dinkas/Jenges ’left their homeland’. These pieces of rubbish are always taken by the Dinkas/Jenges on the chin & mover ahead. There may some Dinkas/Jenges who might have bullied the Barias, but as far as we are concerned, Many Dinkas/Jenges don’t even marry them>>>

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                    • 9 December 2018 04:49, by Pakuai

                      We marry Cher (Mundaris) of Walthok, Mongala, Tereke and Pan Alengerek and even of Nyangwara. Fellows, the owners are here. The Dinkas/Monyjiengs of the Sudan are here. We are the Ancient Egyptians fellows. The owners are here fellows, don’t worry. With Mr. Riek Machar and & his other fools let bring it on and they are going to be bombed to near extinction with their allies again.>>>>

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