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SSOA rejects accusations of being controlled by South Sudan’s Kiir

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April 3, 2020 (JUBA) - The leader of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) strongly rejected accusations that the alliance was absorbed by President Salva Kiir’s SPLM, and stressed that esprit of peace requires compromise not continued disagreement.

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Josephine Lagu Yanga (ST photo)

Josephine Joseph Lagu issued a statement on Friday in response to recent accusations made by Lam Akol Chairman of National Democratic Movement (NDM) against his allies and hinted that he would forge a new alliance.

"The claim that SSOA has been compromised by government and is singing to the government tune is absurd and is intended to solicit cheap political sympathy," said Lagu in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

She said that the revitalized peace pact, after all, establishes a "political partnership deed" to enforces what was agreed to deliver peace to the people of South Sudan.

"To Dr Lam, this partnership should mean endless disagreements and no compromises," she stressed before to add that SSOA will continue to work in partnership with the other parties to implement the agreement and whenever possible, do it through consensus and compromises.

The NDM did not get a ministerial portfolio among the four positions allocated to the alliance also the position of the vice-president was given to the South Sudan Patriotic Movement because the group is from Bahr el-Ghazal which was the only to not be represented in the collective presidency.

For her part, Lagu claimed that Akol stalled the internal discussions for selection of their nominee and then he came with criteria for the selection of the alliance leaders tailored to impose his candidacy for vice-president.

After what seven of eight SSOA leaders with the exception of NDM leader agreed to submit all the names of the candidates for the position to pick one of them.

" The claim that the President is a party to the agreement and for him to choose the vice president was wrong is baseless," said the leader of the alliance before to emphasize that "the president would choose from among the SSOA leaders, not from outside SSOA".

Joining Holdout Groups

In a tit for tact escalation, the daughter of the leader of the first Anya-Nya said that Akol’s statement about a new alliance can explain why he travelled to Rome to take part in the peace talks between an alliance of holdout groups and the government.

"Perhaps this explains why last year he travelled to Rome to attend the peace talks between government and SSOMA".

"In this case, he needs to come out and declare where his allegiance lies, instead of double-dealing," she further said.

In January 2020, the government of President Salva Kiir and the South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance (SSOMA) signed the Roma Declaration for peace in South Sudan mediated by the religious community of Sant’Egidio. Following what, on 14 February they recommitted themselves to the cessation of hostilities of December 2017.

(ST)

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  • 3 April 2020 23:36, by Mayendit

    Mrs. Josephine Langu Yanga.
    Take it easy lady. Dr.Lam Akol and Riek Machar always looking where they can make empty accusations even when there was no room for them. Dr.Lam Akol is complained about vice president position and Minister which he didn’t get one simple because four vices presidents were not supposed to go to Upper Nile region so this is commonsense he must understand that. Last time

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  • 3 April 2020 23:51, by Mayendit

    Last time he was given Agriculture Minister but he left it and thought about going for rebellious however, he had realized the opposition Alliance are not stupid to allocate another Minister to him while, he quit from the Ministry of Agriculture. Shilluk people were treated so nicely during the SPLA and SPLM until Johnson Olony damaged two Ferries and killed so many SPLA. Shilluk will never get.

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  • 4 April 2020 02:51, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Josiphine Lagu,

    It is unfortunate you air your views on this. It is a shock that up to now the government of the day is for participants’ self enrichment. Our mineral resources are disappearing day and night under these thugs you claim to work with for solutions. Only thieves can work with fellow thieves amicably. I hope you have not become one to avoid soiling Lagu’s name in the country.

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    • 4 April 2020 15:48, by The Rhino

      Jur Likang,

      That woman is just like her father Joseph Lagu who betrayed brilliant Equatorian thinkers/politicians to fucking Dinka and arab bastards prior to Addis Ababa agreement in 1972."Like father like daughter"!..all bullshit!Fact is,South Sudan urgently needs sanitations in every corner!!!

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      • 4 April 2020 16:50, by South South

        The Rhino,

        Don’t come out again, coronavirus is too dangerous for people who are old like you and USA has more cases than other countries in the world. Fuck you and fuck Lam Akol, both of you can go to the hell. Iam so glad Lam Akol was blocked like a chicken. We are moving on with our country, wicked and stupid.

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        • 4 April 2020 20:07, by The Rhino

          South South,

          If this thing called Coronavirus has eyes,ears or antennas to detect and annihilate real worthless savages on this planet,then the first target would be fucking Dinka tribal rapists,street skunks,murderers,looters,thieves and foolish drifters who are constantly causing problems and chaos in South Sudan.Dinka tribe is the only problem in this country and the solution here is,.........

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          • 4 April 2020 20:14, by The Rhino

            South South,

            ..COVID-19!Shit,go fuck yourself ya Dinka muraheel!..and,who are you calling old?History is never old, foolish bastard!

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