SSUF dismissed from SSOMA on suspicion of colluding with ITGNU

The South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance suspends SSUF membership | Thessherald

The South Sudan United Front (SSUF) has been dismissed from the opposition alliance, SSOMA, on suspicion of colluding with the Kiir administration.

“During its extraordinary meeting on 11th March, 2021, the South Sudan Opposition Alliance Movements Leadership Council (SSOMA-LC) unanimously decided to terminate the membership of the South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A) from SSOMA with immediate effect,” the opposition alliance said in a statement.

This is not the first time the South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance has suspended SSUF membership.

Last year, the SSOMA terminated the SSUF membership, accusing Malong and his group of having contact with the government.

“On the 25th September, 2020, SSOMA-Leadership Council suspended the South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A), for the breach of SSOMA’s Terms of Reference (ToR) Article 4.9, that guides the conduct of SSOMA Leadership Council.”

“Furthermore, the SSOMA-Leadership Council in its meeting of 24th October, 2020 resolved to set up an investigation committee to investigate the suspension of SSUF/A from SSOMA.

The investigation committee submitted its findings on 15th February, 2021 and concluded on the following:

• The SSUF/A was found to have established tracks of negotiations that are parallel to that of SSOMA, both directly with the Government of South Sudan and the Community of Sant’Egidio;

• There is a heavy infiltration of SSUF/A senior leadership ranks by the government and security organs in Juba. Hence, SSUF/A senior officials are heavily compromised;

• The South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A) has no common agenda with the other SSOMA member organizations in the Alliance of addressing the root causes of the conflict in South Sudan;

• The SSUF/A was plotting to take the leadership of SSOMA and use it to enhance its negotiating position with the government to finalize its disgraceful return to the bosom of Kiir’s regime.

“The Leadership Council of SSOMA as an alliance that is struggling for establishment of democratic federal republic in South Sudan based on new political, social and economic dispensation and as the vanguard of the people, decided to terminate the membership of SSUF/A with immediate effect date of 11th March, 2021.”

The South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance (SSOMA), is an umbrella of political factions that are not part of R-ARCSS.

Rome talks between R-TGONU & SSOMA postponed till further notice

Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, Minister in the Office of the President : Courtesy

Rome talks between the government and the South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance hosted by the Community of Sant’Egidio have been postponed indefinitely due to what the government described as a “last-minute” change.

“As you may be aware, the Delegation of (R-TGONU) was scheduled to depart today for Rome via Addis Ababa to participate in peace negotiations under your kind auspices, with the (SSUF/A) & Real SPLM components of (SSOMA),” said Nhial Deng Nhial, in a letter addressed to Paolo Impagliazzo, Secretary-General of the St. Egidio Community.

“I regret to inform you that this will no longer be possible due to last minute developments that are totally beyond our control. I am accordingly requesting postponement of the Talks till further notice.”

“We shall of course endeavor to propose a new date for the Talks as soon as the circumstances prompting our request for the postponement have abated. Accept Excellency the assurances of my highest personal regard and consideration.”

South Sudan’s government and the coalition of holdout groups have engaged in peace talks under the auspices of the St. Egidio Community in Rome. However, the parties disagree on some points each time they are close to finalizing a deal.

Workshop begins in Rome as members of SSOMA await integration into CTSAMVM

Members of the South Sudan Movements Alliance attending a workshop in Rome, Italy |Photo: Courtesy
Members of the South Sudan Movements Alliance attending a workshop in Rome, Italy |Photo: Courtesy

Nov 10, 2020 (Thessherald)–Members of the South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance (SSOMA) are scheduled to be integrated into the CTSAMVM upon completion of an ongoing workshop in Rome, Italy.

“His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit has directed that peace must be inclusive of SSOMA and that it is time to make enduring peace and political stability to the people of South Sudan. The workshop will finish on the 13th November 2020,” said a participant on Monday.

Last month, the opposition coalition and government delegation met in Italy for peace talks aimed at bringing the Non-signatory group to the negotiating table and joining the peace process.

However, the talks ended without any agreement as the parties failed to agree on the demands laid out by the South Sudan Movements Alliance – a coalition group comprising of holdout groups.

Latest: Parties sign Rome Declaration of Principles

SSOMA and government delegation sign the Rome Declaration of Principles |Photo: Thessherald

Full Communiqué

• The conflict in South Sudan is ethno-politically motivated. There shall be affirmed the separation of ethnicity from politics.

• Establishment of a democratic federal system of governance from the start of the interim period;

• The principle of division of power and wealth between the different levels of government shall be in accordance with the principles and characteristics of Federal System of governance;

• The Jurisdictions between the federal, the states and counties powers shall be clearly spelt out in the agreement and reflected in the constitution during the pre- interim period. During the transitional period, there shall be established a body that shall be called The Sovereign Council’ which shall have the responsibility to collegially manage, supervise and take the country through transition period. The Sovereign Council shall be led by a President and shall have equal representatives from each of the three greater regions of Equatoria, Bahr el Ghazal, and Upper Nile

• Any person who is sanctioned and accused of serious crimes or found guilty shall not hold any public office;

• Estabiishment of Inclusive balanced National Security Sector that reflects the ethnic diversity of the people of South Sudan.

• The agreed social contract, through constitution conference, shall be translated into tangible legislations and litigations that shall be binding to all in a permanent constitution.

• Formation of mechanisms of Transitional Justice, Accountability Reconciliation and Healing;

• The boarders and boundaries of South Sudan shall be as of 01/01/1956

• Land in South Sudan is owned by the community. It shall remain the duty of the respective states and the local government authorities under which the city or town falls, to negotiate with the concerned community that owns the particular land;

• Affirm full recognition of equal citizenship for all peoples of the Republic of South Sudan irrespective of ethnic, religious, gender based orientations, and people with special needs.

• We affirm the rights, empowerment and contribution of women in all fields in South Sudan;

• Freedoms of expression, religion, belief, association and assembly shall be fully granted

• Respect for life, Human Rights and dignity of the people of South Sudan without regard to age, gender, ethnic origin, religion and belief in the rightful path of national co-existence for building national unity

• 13. We affirm and respect the ethnic diversity of South Sudanese as a source of strength and national identity

• 13. Affirming the empowerment and participation of youth in the affairs of the country

Breaking: Malong surrenders to government delegation in Rome

October 10, 2020 (Thessherald)–The leadership of the South Sudan United Front/Army headed by Paul Malong Awan has reportedly surrounded to Kiir’s delegation in Rome, according to a reliable source at the peace talks.

“Malong surrendered to the government delegation in Rome as he demanded the sacking of the NSS boss as one of his conditions to return to Juba,” the source revealed.

“South Sudan United Front/Army rebels group have surrendered voluntarily to the South Sudanese government delegation in Rome after their Chairman Gen. Paul Malong Awan was booted out of the SSOMA alliance’s first meeting with the government yesterday in Italy,” the source disclosed.

According to another official at the peace talks, Malong and his entourage are negotiating separately with the government delegation in an effort to reach an agreement later today.

The South Sudan United Front/Army – a holdout group has been facing an internal row after the dismissal of its former spokesman, Emmanuel Sunday de John.

Last month, the South Sudan Movements Alliance suspended SSUF/A from the opposition alliance over a breach of communications.

Malong addresses the nation, urges citizens to remain resilient

Paul Malong Awan, Chairman of SSUF/A |Photo: Thessherald

Below is the transcript of Paul Malong Awan’s recent speech transcribed by The South Sudan Herald.

Transcript

[00:00]
My fellow countrymen and women – ladies and gentlemen, I greet you in the name of our country, South Sudan. Today, I will address you through this brief clip.

However, our Movement (SSUF/A) is aware of these challenges facing our beloved country – our country is going through tough times.

[01:00]
However, our movement is aware of these challenges facing our beloved country such as an economy and political unrest, resulting in hunger and poor healthcare – poor roads and insecurity and tribal fight around the country.

The South Sudan United Front (SSUF/A) is aware of your suffering in refugee camps, the displacement centers and those inside the country.

SSUF/A is therefore committed to find[ing] a lasting solution that will make our suffering mothers and children build and mend in a peaceful country. Due to the above mentioned or above issues,
our party and other like-minded groups believe that this (inaudible) solution is crucial for the lasting peace in our motherland.

[02:34]

Meanwhile, our party is a national political entity that and the people of South Sudan have had. On behalf of SSUF/A and I wish you all good health during this pandemic period. [May] God bless South Sudan, May God bless my people worldwide. Thank you!

Click on this link to watch the video https://bit.ly/36bUHY7


Transcribed by The South Sudan Herald.