FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Sept/19/2018;
On 16 September 2018, a group of leaders within SSOA who signed the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), issued a press statement reacting to the press statement of 14 September 2018 in which we, the non-signatories, categorically rejected the R-ARCSS.
In their press statement, they asserted and rightly so, that our people “are now reeling under a ruthless and unscrupulous regime that does not care a farthing about their plights.”
It’s tragic and very unfortunate that, after reaching such a damning conclusion, these leaders will opt to legitimize, entrench and agree to work with such regime to perpetuate the suffering of our people.
What is even laughable is that these leaders who caved in under the heavy-handed tactics of the Khartoum Government and opted to surrender for fear of being kicked out of Khartoum or the region and who themselves are stationed in foreign capitals, have the audacity to accuse us of fear.
We have taken the bold and courageous decision to say no to a mediation that is conflicted and parties in the conflict.
We opted to stand with our people and to continue the struggle until they are liberated from the hegemonic and kleptocratic regime and its policies.
Our objective as SSOA Leaders who rejected the surrender agreement, is not to engage in recrimination with our colleagues, but to set the record straight to the people of south Sudan and the international community.
The commencement of the High Level Revitalization Forum in December, presented a rare opportunity to learn from mistakes committed by the defunct 2015 peace agreement that eventually collapsed in July 2016.
Its agenda was confined to discussing two Chapters that formed the edified 2015 signed peace agreement. These were chapter (I) on the Governance and Chapter (II) of the security sector.
The opposition both SSOA and the SPLM-IO presented a joint position of all the various issues pertaining to the two chapters.
On the Governance, the Opposition demanded inter alia that:
–“the country shall adopt a federal system of governance during the Transitional period through effective division of powers and resources among the federal, state and local government; and lean government during the Transitional period at all levels of government;
— President Kiir shall not lead the Transitional government; and
— the annulment of the thirty (32) states and revert to the ten (10) states as stipulated in the TCRSS 2011 and ARCSS 2015.’’
Unfortunately, these noble and just demands to address the root causes of the current civil war raging in the Republic of South Sudan were poignantly rejected by the dictatorial regime in Juba.
Equally, the signed agreement on the 12th September doesn’t contain these fundamental demands (except for a passing reference to Federalism in the Permanent constitution making) that could’ve truly transformed our country towards a genuine democratic state and ushering of true sustainable peace agreement for our suffering masses.
We were shocked that in violation of the Charter of SSOA, inconsistent with our common position and the aspirations of our people, our colleagues went ahead and signed an agreement that ignored our fundamental principles and failed dismally to address our demands.
It is even tragic to vociferously claim that all the demands have been accepted and incorporated into the agreement.
We are not aware of a split within SSOA but differences of positions.
We the SSOA constituent members who refused to surrender and to legitimatize the corrupt and murderous regime of Kiir, will continue undeterred, with the struggle to free our masses from the tyranny and the ethno-centric regime of Kiir Mayardit.
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Gen. Thomas C. Swaka National Salvation Front (NAS) +256 771 938 721
Hon. Pagan A. Oketch firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Hakim Dario People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) email@example.com
Amb. Emanuel Aban
National Democratic Movement (NDM) firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Gatwech K. Thich
United Democratic Republic Alliance (UDRA) +1(515) 771 3541
Contact: Amb. Emmanuel Aban
+44 7466 800244 (Direct/WhatsApp)