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.
Sept 29, 2020 (Thessherald)–The South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A), a faction led by General Paul Malong, has denied speculative reports, alleging its suspension from the South Sudan Movements Alliance (SSOMA) over a breach of communications.
“Reference to the unsigned document titled “SSOMA-LC Suspends SSUF/A With Immediate Effect” dated 25th September, 2020. SSUF/A would like to Inform its supporters at large, regional and international community as well as the media houses that SSUF/A does not recognise the aforementioned letter to suspend SSUF/A in the Aliance activities,” the statement issued by the SSUF/A partly reads.
“The National Executive Committee of South Sudan United Front/Army hereby considers the letter null and void due to the following reasons. 1. The SSOMA Leadership Committee did not meet and table the issue in their Ordinary LC meeting.”
“If a SSOMA- LO Ordinary meeting was held, Real SPLM, SSNDA and SSUF/A leaders were not present to make a unanimous approval, therefore the majority vote should come from two against one leader in accordance to the Hague Declaration.”
The leadership of SSUF/A denies breaching channels of communication as indicated in the letter reportedly written by the Leadership Council of the South Sudan Movements Alliance (SSOMA-LC)
“The SSOMA-LC members are Gen. Paul Malong Awan, Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka and Gen. Pagan Amum. 2. SSUF/A as a SSOMA member did not breach any communication channel or the spirit of comradeship and trust within the Alliance as indicated in the letter, it is the work of peace spoilers.”
“We assure you that SSUF/A is still an active member of South Sudan Oposition Movement Alliance (SSOMA) and claims by spoilers should be dismissed. South Sudan United Front/Army under the leadership of Gen.Paul Malong Awan is committed to Rome Peace process as part of SSOMA to achieve a sustainable peace through addressing the root causes to the conflict,” the group stated .
Below is the transcript of Paul Malong Awan’s recent speech transcribed by The South Sudan Herald.
[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.
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!