SSUF/A headed by Sunday calls for recognition at Rome peace talks

The Leadership Council of the South Sudan Movements Alliance.
Pagan, Malong and Thomas Cirilo Swaka | Photo design/NAS

(Press Statement)

Sept 30, 2020 (Thessherald)–Dear fellow citizens of South Sudan, I address you today to elaborate on some facts as the Interim Chairman and Commander-In-Chief of the South Sudan United Front /Army (SSUF/A).

When I co-founded the South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A) in April 2018, it was established on the principles of nationhood, justice, liberty, mutual respect and freedom for all; and overall, to contribute to the prosperity of our nation, where we the people of South Sudan would play equitable roles in the Nation Building process. These being principles and values that have been so fatally missing in our country since the death of our leader Dr. John Garang De Mabior, the former Chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, in July 2005.

The late Dr. John Garang led us during that hard time of liberation, but that did not deter him from being proactive and all rounded. He was a strong advocate for youth in the leadership of their country. In this regard, he even coined the phrase “Seeds of the Nation”.

For far too long, we, the youth of South Sudan, have been undermined and prevented from taking part in the political, economic and military decision-making processes of the future of our country. We have been manipulated to fight and kill each other; and all in the name of others which are our elders. Tragically, the inherent respect that we have been told to have for our elders, has been abused and weaponized against its very own – who are the majority of the population of our country – the young people.

It is for this reason that we must rise above this status (fighting for the elderly) which others have created for us. We have to define our own path; not by trampling on the said elders, but by telling them that we now deserve to be at the forefront too, just as they were 40 and 50 years ago. We can succeed in this if we come together and champion for our space and rights; and shun the tribalism that we have been conditioned to cram and pass on to our younger generations. We are one nation and thus, must have one focus. The hurdles will be overcome through the principle of discernment.

I shall not go into details here regarding what has transpired within SSUF/A as an organization, the time and occasion for that shall come, but I shall just say this now; it is time for all of the youth of South Sudan – regardless of ethnicity, religion and socioeconomic background, to be given a genuine and transparently open platform for them to freely be able to voice exactly what they want to happen with regards to the future of their country.

It is time for the “Seeds of the Nation” to be genuinely heard by everyone. It is time for the youth of South Sudan to have a powerful voice in the affairs of their nation; and therefore, they must be allowed to contribute positively now politically, economically and militarily, and in all sectors of life because they are an integral part of the newest nation. It is time for the youth of South Sudan to bring about that durable peace and change that their political and military elites have been unable to bring about for so long.

As one of the co-founders of the South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A), and now its Interim Chairman, and who represented with dignity and diligence the same organization during the establishment of the South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance (SSOMA) – and who has never deviated from the values and principles under which these organizations were established – I urge the Community of Sant’Egidio to permit the SSUF/A to attend the upcoming peace talks with the government of South Sudan in Rome, Italy. It is time for the youth of South Sudan to have a say in bringing about peace and stability within their very own land.

God Bless the South Sudan United Front.
God Bless South Sudan.


Dr. Emmanuel Sunday de John.
September 30th, 2020.

Newsflash: SSOMA suspends Malong over communication infringement

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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.