Sept 26, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Leadership Council of the South Sudan Movements Alliance (SSOMA-LC)- an opposition alliance – has suspended the Chairman of the SSUF/A, General Paul Malong Awan over an infringement of communications.
“The Leadership Council of the South Sudan Opposition Movement Alliance Leadership Council (SSOMA-LC) on Friday, September 22 resolved to suspend the activities of the South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A) led by Gen Paul Malong with immediate effect,” the group said in an official press release.
“Because of breach of the communication channel of SSOMA and the spirit of comradeship and trust within the Alliance.”SSOMA
“At this critical juncture of our struggle for [a] peaceful and stable democratic state that is based on the rule of law, SSOMA as an Alliance believes in working together in good faith, mutual trust, integrity, transparency, and openness,” said the SSOMA in its press release.
The move comes days after the Chairman of the SSUF/A, Gen. Paul Malong, had fired spokesman Mr. Sunday de John for allegedly disclosing classified documents to President Kiir.
In response to the allegations, the former Spokesperson accused Gen Paul Malong and his group of secretly seeking separate talks with the Kiir administration in Juba.
“I objected to the move and told that it is not good for the movement to have two peace forums. I said the Rome peace forum is the best because we are part of SSOMA and it has international standards.”Emmanuel Sunday De John
In a separate news development, the dismissed spokesperson, Sunday De John, today, 26 September 2020, announced the suspension of Malong and declared himself as the interim Chair of the South Sudan United Front.
“In a sitting by members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the South Sudan United Front/Army on September 23 rd, 24th 25th, 2020 it was resolved that Gen. Paul Malong Awan’s role as Chairman and Commander-In-Chief of the South Sudan United Front/Army is terminated effective immediately,” said Emmanuel Sunday De John in a new declaration document extended to the South Sudan Herald.