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S. Sudan opposition alliance denounce Changson Chang’s leadership


July 4, 2019 (KHARTOUM) – Members of South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) have issued a statement denouncing Gabriel Changson Chang, the interim chairperson of the alliance and Denay Chagor who was earlier declared acting chairperson of the alliance.

Gabriel Changson Chang (ST)

On July 2, Chang announced that SSOA’s leadership had resolved to reunite and appointed Denay Jock Chagor as its new chairman.

“SSOA leadership takes this opportunity to inform the general public that from today Hon. Denay Jock Chagor is the chairman of South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA). To this effect, we would like to inform SSOA member organizations, partners in the R-ARCSS, regional and international bodies, supporters and well-wishers about this new development,” the statement signed by Chang and Chagor reads.

However, SSOA, in a separate statement issued on July 4, described the July 2 statement issued by Chang and his followers as “baseless”.

“It is true that SSOA has been discussing its reunification since March this year under the facilitation of the South Sudan Council of Churches. All of us had agreed on the issues that need to be addressed to achieve the unity. But due to the level of the polarization then present we had agreed for a transitional period under a joint leadership from the two factions so as to build trust and confidence before a new Chairman was elected,” reads the statement.

The statement acknowledges the role South Sudan Council of Churches has played in ensuring the internal dialogue takes place with the alliance.

“This dialogue took place and all apologized to each other and forgave one another. As a result, we did away with the Co-chairmanship and were ready to elect one Chairman for SSOA. One person, Gabriel Changson, has been consistently absenting himself from these meetings but we have been persistent not to exclude anybody from the unity,” it further stated.

The meeting, it said, resolved that Josephine Lagu, who chaired the internal dialogue sessions be confirmed as SSOA’s acting chairperson.

“On the basis of the above and due to our keenness to maintain the unity of SSOA, we give these two gentlemen, Gabriel Changson and Denay Chagor, twenty four (24) hours to renounce their statement so that they resume their positions in the united SSOA,” it stressed.

In March last year, nine South Sudanese opposition groups agreed to form an alliance to expedite efforts to end the country’s civil war ahead of the next round of the revitalization of the peace accord.

SSOA is an umbrella group composed of the Federal Democratic Party, National Salvation Front, National Democratic Movement, People’s Democratic Movement, South Sudan Liberation Movement, South Sudan National Movement for Change, South Sudan Patriotic Movement, South Sudan United Movement and United Democratic Alliance.


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  • 5 July 2019 11:24, by Eastern

    Kiir still has his eveil hands firmly gripping SSOA...! Kiir dealt a blow to Dr. Josephine Lagu a few years back and now he is still hounting the woman through Gabriel Changson Chang, the Nuer-Chinese. The sooner Changson-Kiir manipulation is removed from SSOA, a major implosion of the entity is imminent..!

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    • 5 July 2019 15:05, by Midit Mitot

      Shit!! this is what shows that South Sudanese politician are incompetent to run the country. Today is YES! then tomorrow is NO!

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    • 5 July 2019 21:56, by jubaone

      You recall, SSOA was well represented when SSNMC, NAS as Equatorian-led movements headed and reflected good and articulate views of the opposition. Since they quit, only chaos, disorder and bickering has been the order of the day. It shows, nothing will ever get done without us. Equatoris is the heart of SS, the rest are shitholes.

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      • 6 July 2019 09:08, by Eastern


        In the bloodstream of nyigats runs chaos and disorganisation. SSOA as it is, should be left to the nyigats. Joseph Bakasoro seems to seeing some light now. As for Dr. Lagu, she would learn her lession the hard way. She should remember Gier Chuang very well!

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    • 7 July 2019 07:26, by Anthony


      The Nuer chinese😂😂😂

      You clowns🤡 make me laugh. You monkies🐒 are Very entertaining.🐵 😁

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  • 5 July 2019 15:43, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    Which one is which?

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    • 6 July 2019 06:11, by Pakuai

      The losers must grow the damn up. South Sudanese people are sick of them. Yes, parties and coalition of parties is good for healthy democracy. But first these losers should all come back to South Sudan, register their parties, amend our country’s constitution, Electrol laws and senitized their followers about peace and produce their own ’manifestos’, propagate what their manifestos are all about during election compaigns and South Sudan people would shop around and buy the message (s) of parties that would sell them what they would want to hear or parties that they think, would work for their own interests>>>>>

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      • 6 July 2019 06:25, by Pakuai

        It is the way it is always done in other countries and other parts of the world. But here in South Sudan the most annoying thing is, South Sudanese are highly democratic and egalitarian. In South Sudanese villages and cattle camps, leaders are always voted and l don’t know democracy seems to be something new South Sudan when it is has been in abundance since anyone can remember. Let me give you fellows example, long time ago when in cattle camp, when ’beny wut’, the leader of cattle goes back to Dinka/Jieng village, then adult Dinkas/Muonyjiengs gather in the evening and elect a replacement of ’beny wut’ by voting with show of hands>>

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        • 6 July 2019 06:40, by Pakuai

          And the one who gathered more hands became ’beny wut’, the head of cattle camp. Their girls chose their own ’nyanbeny wut’ the girl cattle camp leader. And no one fighting about all these nonesenses. I remember when the a cattle camp pastures are exhausted and a cattle Camp was to be move where there were enough pastures and water. The ’beny wut’ would select some his men to go and do some reconnessiances on different areas/locations and came back. And the bent wut’ would then gather his men in evening and the men whom he sent for reconnessiances would then explained to the whole cattle camp men about their findings. And a voting was later on done about which area or cattle camp to move to next>>>>

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          • 6 July 2019 06:52, by Pakuai

            In villages, they have different settings but still highly democratic just like in cattle camp. I remember, when it was time to contribute to SPLA beef cattle (bullocks) and food in villages, ’Beny de baai’, village leader would gather his village men/women and women would produced food for the SPLA and some men would be sent to cattle camps to go and and gathered the SPLA bullocks. And there always no problems. I remember when I was fighting in Eastern and Central Equatoria, when we didn’t have enough food and were moving to our next deployment location,>>>>

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            • 6 July 2019 07:05, by Pakuai

              And if we approached an Equatorians villages which were not hostile to SPLA, our senior SPLA officials would asked for a village chief and a village chief would made sure that we were fed and we would camped ouside villages and then the next day, we moved on to where we’re going. These things were done without a lot of problems. So l wonder, why some South Sudanese always talk about fancy democracies from the US or the UK that don’t exist. In fact, the US is not a democracy, but a Republican and the UK is not a democracy, but a monarchy. Democracy is ’a subjection’ by the way.>>>>

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              • 6 July 2019 07:22, by Pakuai

                Honestly speaking, democracy is here in countries like South Sudan. Countries like Canada, Carribbean countries, Germany, Nordic countries, New Zealand, Pacific Islander countries, Japan and other countries. Come to Egalitarianism, in our Nilotic plains, the Dinkas/Muonyjiengs, our Nuers ’ke Nyantoc’, Shilluks (Chollos), Jurchols (the Luos), Anyuaks, Acholis, Mundaris and others are highly egalitarians. We may have 2000 herd of cattle but you have to ’share a table’ with a Dinka/Muonyjieng with 30 herd of cattle. Greed is high proven upon in our Nilotic plains and valleys>>>>

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                • 6 July 2019 07:40, by Pakuai

                  Where does vice of corruption sneaked itself into our Nilotic plains and valleys would be subjected to rigorous debate. And some of the criminals who play game with our country and our people would be eventually shamed. Elders like Michael Makuei Lueth who were accused to have soiled themselves with the so-called ’dura/sorghum’ saga, shows our ’Nilotic plains and valleys’ egalititarianism remain like it. Mr. Michael Makuei Lueth is the most poorest cabinet Minister in Mr. Salva Kiir government. He knows how these dirty wealth quickly acquired are very dangerous to one’s own character and standing>>>

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                  • 6 July 2019 08:04, by Pakuai

                    Michael Makuei Lueth is a lawyer, from the University of Khartoum and joined the SPLM/A since its inception and never left or wobbled and betrayed the cause of South Sudan and South Sudanese people. And he is still today, remains the most poorest senior SPLM/A official>>>

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                    • 8 July 2019 14:38, by Midit Mitot


                      Makuei Lueth never defeated any one and He never defeated from the battle (CDR Koang Chuol), meaning that Makuei never fight with enemy (Arab).

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          • 6 July 2019 06:52, by Pakuai

            In villages, they have different settings but still highly democratic just like in cattle camp. I remember, when it was time to contribute to SPLA beef cattle (bullocks) and food in villages, ’Beny de baai’, village leader would gather his village men/women and women would produced food for the SPLA and some men would be sent to cattle camps to go and and gathered the SPLA bullocks. And there always no problems. I remember when I was fighting in Eastern and Central Equatoria, when we didn’t have enough food and were moving to our next deployment location,>>>>

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