Newsflash: SSOA rejects recent states allocation, eyeing Oil-rich Upper Nile
June 18, 2020 (Thessherald)–The leadership of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), a coalition group comprising of political factions, has issued a statement, rejecting the recent allocation of states agreed by the Presidency on Wednesday.
Hon. Josephine Joseph Lagu, the Chair of the group, expressed her dismay at the unilateral agreement reached in the absence of the SSSOA representative.
“The Leadership of SSOA is dismayed by the press statement released by the Minister of the Presidential Affairs yesterday 17th June 2020 which reallocated the States to the parties to the Agreement.”
“The said meeting between H.E. The President and his First Vice President, did not include VP for SSOA H.E. Hussein Abdelbagi Akol who is currently in Aweil completing the funeral rites of his late father who passed away in Juba on the 6th June 2020.”
The SSOA leadership said it remains firm under the previous decision, agreed on May 7, 2020, which was later rejected by the main armed opposition group, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-IO.
“Because of that, the leadership of SSOA still stands by the resolution of the Presidency dated 07 May 2020 that allocated Upper Nile to SSOA.”
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the First Vice-president Dr. Riek Machar agreed on Wednesday to allocate oil-rich Upper Nile State to the SPLM-IO in exchange for Jonglei State previously rejected by the SPLM-IO.