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.