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.

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.