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January 7, 2017 (JUBA) - Former Governor of South Sudan’s Western Equatoria, Baghazi Joseph Bakosoro, announced formation of a new political party.

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Western Equatoria governor Joseph Bangansi Bakosoro (Photo: Larco Lomayat)

The new party ’National Movement for Change (NMC)’ aims to cease further bloodshed, collapse of the country and upholding rule of laws, Bakoksoro said without elaborating on how to attain those goals.

Speaking at the launch of the NMC in an event in Atlanta - Georgia, U.S., Bakosoro criticized the government of President Salva Kiir and pledged to work with "like minded" people and opposition parties to usher in a new political roadmap for the new nation.

Bakosoro won election in 2010 as an independent candidate against President Kiir’s SPLM choice Jemma Nunu Kumba. He was fired by President Kiir in 2015 and detained for several months without charges. Bakosoro left South Sudan after his release from detention in early 2016 and remained in the U.S.

The former governor said he will work with the United Nations to promote nationalism among South Sudanese, halt fragmentation of the country, uphold rule of law, protect human rights, promote sustained economic growth and ensure that federal system of governance is implemented in the country.

"We need peace in our country and this cannot be achieved without rule of law," he said in his hour long speech delivered to supporters, mainly the South Sudanese opposed to President Kiir in the diaspora.

Bakosoro did not say if he will form a military campaign or enter into agreement with active rebel groups in the country.

Other armed groups challenging President Kiir are SPLM in Opposition loyal to former First Vice President Riek Machar and the National Democratic Movement led by Former Agriculture Minister Lam Akol.

(ST)

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  • 8 January 08:03, by gakthon

    instead of support peace implementation, he created other problems. promise UN is not wht bring changes rather than promise urs Pple. take care don’t let yourself be parked outside like others.

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  • 8 January 08:40, by Gabriel KK

    Before the creation of 28 states, Western Equatoria and Northern Bhar el gahal were the safest and fast developing States in South Sudan. Currently, Western Equatortia is worse than greater Upper Nile because Bakosoro has created the instability and mess instead. He is free to either create his own Party or join Riek Machar because they are birds of same feathers with no safe vision for the countr

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    • 8 January 08:50, by jubaone

      Gabriel KK,
      You are a pathetic jienge liar. W. Equatoria was peaceful and one of the fastest developing states after C.Equatoria and WBG state. Bakasoro was rated as the most honest, smart and focused politician in a survey in Juba 2011. It was Nunu Kumba (a half-jienge) and Kiir’s concubine who conspired against Bakasoro. The rest is history. Well, that is very good to be back on stage

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      • 8 January 09:33, by South South

        Some people are here to go opposite others or they do not like to hear any good from other corner of South Sudan unless it belongs to his/her tribe, wicked, very wicked really. Gabriel KK has said the truth. The only state in South Sudan which has been peaceful until today is former Northern Bhar El Gazal. W. Equatorial never been peaceful state. We have to remember LRA and Arrow Boys.

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        • 8 January 12:51, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          Nothern Bahr el Ghazal a peaceful state oh hooo!! Why then run to Baggara and Misseriya to be enslaved for food? The people are insecure!! Insecurity is due to lack of peace!! Wole kef?

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          • 8 January 18:14, by South South

            Slavery was part of civil war used by Sudanese government. In Bentu, Omar Bashir himself took two Nuer children with him and made them Muslim, how do you call that? Peace? No, Slavery? Yes. So, slavery was everywhere used by Sudanese government. Mr.jur_likang_a_ likan’g, you need to have full knowledge of what you are talking about. Do you know the different between Baggara and Misseriya? OOOP!

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    • 8 January 11:04, by Wau son

      You KK or what so ever you called yourself; its good that you recognized that WE was most safest like WBGS,but the only thing you forget to say is that you the cattle keepers came and invade these lands and turn it into a battlefields instead of being a food basket for you those who are hungry now in Bor,Rumbek, Kuajok and Aweil, and they don’t get food because Uganda roads are off these days.

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      • 8 January 11:17, by South South

        Many people from Western Bahr Gazal moved to Northern Bhar Gazal because they need security.Many, many bad things have been happening in Wau and surrounding areas. Some poor tribes in Western Bhar Gazal who never contributed to our struggle with North Sudan think that Riek Machar will make them something, no, they are isolated, but your brothers in other part of Great Bahr Gazal will welcome you.

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  • 8 January 09:50, by Kush Natives

    Mr. former trouble maker in Western Equatoria state! I will not by any chance comment on your decision right now, because I am feeling sick of this stupid citation you have just created. Anyway, its still a political party currently, otherwise I will pull out your records, when it turned into an army campaign. let me hold it up here folks!

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  • 8 January 10:51, by Fair Man

    Kush Natives
    How naive are you to call H.E Bakasoro Bangasi, the trouble maker? In the whole of South Sudan 2010, he is the only 1 out 10 Governors who was elected democratically without electoral fraud then any. He fucked Nunnu Kumba and the entire SPLM and indeed Azande have shown the way to SPLM.Why he was removed was a plot to occupy fertile Zande land by Dinka. But youth proved Dinka wrong.

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    • 8 January 11:08, by Wau son

      Yes Fair Man you have said it, let talk and critized they have failed they will continue to fail unless they abandon the way they are going to, as well as abandoning Kiir naive brain.

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  • 8 January 12:00, by Future1

    Do we really lack political parties in South Sudan? I believe they are more than many to accommodate South Sudanese leaders. This is not political party. It is guerilla movement. Why forming it in USA? You had better done it here such it owned by both rural and urban people. Stop tearing South Sudan apart. What development had he brought to WES even when he won election. Need more feeding?

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    • 8 January 12:53, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Tell us stop rearing Dinkaism apart and not South Sudan!!

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      • 8 January 14:49, by Future1

        The support you normally give to politicians without questioning them will not help intellects like you and that is why you see S. Sudan is in this shape. How many days do you spend without meeting the dinka you are sick of likewise to other 63 tribe in South Sudan? When are you ready to clear them out as you assume? Let build country on facts. What are you positive initiatives/nonviolence?

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        • 8 January 14:55, by Future1

          Let us say you will kill them all without sparing any kid. Do think the world is save for you? I am advising youth to let all these wrong and old leaders go and have the better country we want. And I am working on it. They have done enough destruction to nation and killings of youths. This state belongs to all of us(64) and let us be proud. War mongers should cease from now and have another choice

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          • 8 January 15:02, by Future1

            I don’t any good things coming out from any killing of our own brothers.Instead of confronting ourselves, let us have common agenda of taking South Sudan to the next level. The fact is Equartorians are educated and should introduce good systems in governance rather than allowing yourselves pull into stupidity and dirty war. Nothing is good in war only killing, raping, looting,migrations e.t.c.

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            • 8 January 16:06, by jubaone

              Future1,
              We Equatorians are the heart and brains of SS, the jienges are the legs and arms that have to be moved in any direction at any time. We want the rest of you to just relax and sit back eat, drink and do the fighting while we do the thinking and development. Since when did jienges know of development? Kiir should just step down and let Bakasoro lead SS.

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              • 8 January 16:45, by Future1

                Jubaone, I hope Equartoria is not a tribe and I am completely not ready to listen to whatever is connected to tribe like your comment of jienges. How many tribes are in EQ? They are many. I love the last part of telling us South Sudanese that Kiir as an individual should step down. You should criticize individuals not tribes. This strategy will bring common good for all of us.

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                • 8 January 16:53, by Future1

                  Sure, Dinka know nothing about devel’nt that is why there are no good roads, hospitals,schools, water facilities etc. in Dinka land unlike Equartoria which now developed to that level. If Bakasoro u better tell us what good things will he do for us and we move ahead. Juba is capital today because of Wani same to Juba Nimule road and other developmental projects in EQua. He had really deceived Kiir

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                • 8 January 19:02, by jubaone

                  Future,
                  After 2013, the SPLA is now 90% jienges, 95% of all ambassadors are jienges, over 80% of DGs in ministries, 60% all high ranking officers in organized forces, 70% all university intake (leaked exams in jiengeland), 60% foreign scholarship beneficiaries are jienges. What else do u want to know?

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                  • 8 January 19:25, by South South

                    Jubaone,
                    Give us the sources you used to get these percentages in South Sudan today, if not then you are nothing but trouble maker.

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                    • 9 January 05:41, by jubaone

                      South Sudan
                      Just come to the Min of Foreign Aff. and Int Coop. Also visit the different ministries and also Police Hqs in Buluk. Visit the Min of Wildlife Conservation, Prison Services, Immigration Dept. Fire Brigade, the NSS is entirely "them". You make ur judgment.

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                      • 9 January 09:11, by South South

                        Junaone,

                        So I should visit the places you mentioned above then come home and make up my own percentages of people working their, laughable.

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  • 9 January 13:59, by Marko Manut Geng.

    I do not understands such peoples are they coming from where? lacy of visions and by the way, did Bakosoro go to school? he was talking like teenage boy. creating his own problems to the
    peoples of western Equatoria, I dislike such peoples who claims that they have knowledge without knowing first the western though. these are primitives, murderers, rapers, thieves, irrational,peoples of wildern

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  • 10 January 10:53, by Nick Wumak

    the fool are shouting, my first time to reach Wau, thousand are on the street begging. what kind of food security is it when everyone beg. no different between a child and an adult. moreover, what change will Bakosoro do when he was the first person to incite his tribe-mate to kill every dinka in WES, he is just a devil and tribalist, he deserved life imprisonment.

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