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Changson would be responsible for S. Sudan SSOA’s split: Akol


December 1, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Gabriel Changson would bear the responsibility for any rift within the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) if he continues to reject the election of Peter Gatdet as a new chairperson of the umbrella.

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Akol further stressed their keenness to safeguard SSOA’s unity and cohesion, noting that Changson, if he is keen on it, will accept the outcome of the elections that removed him from the presidency.

On Friday, the opposition coalition elected Peter Gatdet as chairperson of the SSOA by a vote of five out of eight. However, he and his two other supporters rejected the result saying the election of the chairman requires unanimity.

Changson and his supporters further refused to take part in the election of the other positions of the SSOA executive body forcing the other members to stop the process.

However, Akol said they will hold a meeting at Peter Gatdet’s house in Khartoum to complete the election of the members of the Bureau of the Leadership Council.

"We will see if Changson will be present or not," he said adding that "Changson may split, but what happened was legal."

He further said that rationality and logic require adherence to the SSOA Charter, which provides in its article 12 that the all the heads of alliance’s factions can run for the chairmanship of the umbrella.

"When the opening of the candidacy for the post was announced, there was no exception. So, how one can refuse after the nomination process and election. It seems that Changson had too much confidence that he could win."

"Challenging the suitability of a candidate for office cannot be done after the votes were cast; it should have been before. Also, the idea that some leaders can chair SSOA and others cannot run contrary to the principles guiding SSOA," said Peter Gatdet in a separate statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

According to the Charter of the SSOA (Article 12) and the Regulations (Article 6), the Leadership Council elects the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary General and Coordinators for a six (6) month term.

The charter also provides that the Chairperson is elected by rotation among the Leaders of SSOA’s factions and the term was non-renewable.

Gabriel Changson was elected as the interim chairperson of the alliance on 16 February 2018 with the signing of SSOA’s Charter.


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  • 2 December 2018 01:58, by Joseph Canada

    The Dinka people were born to rule right over the others remember? This is the Dinka mentality that they must be the leader even if they are visionless. And this is one big problem we have on South Sudan. The only solution is to have the three regions so that these cow minded dunk sleepers can go and lead their people according to the Jieng born to rule mentality. The NAS/PDM will slowly emarge.

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    • 2 December 2018 07:01, by Mayendit

      Joseph Canada or being exile in Canada I don’t care
      Look your misunderstand is a big problem having say that, because the main topic above was not about Dinka but it was two men from one Tribe Nuer fighting on position. Well, the CPA in 2005 did not come to Table by itself if the Bhar El Ghazal regions not stick with late John Garang. Most of the liberated areas were captured by Sons of Dinkas.

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      • 2 December 2018 08:36, by Kush Natives

        Leave Mr. Joseph Canada alone! The man is completely traumatize by what we don’t even know. He might be addicted to d word, drinking or Dinka, no ones knows. Maybe vocabularies is the issue, who knows. Mr. Joseph Canada, the best thing to do first is read the keyword.

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    • 4 December 2018 06:45, by Joyuma John

      Mayendit and every one on this website let us try to help Joseph Canada to understand that Changson and Peter Gatdet are Nuer who are organizing their election in khatuom. please may you try to tell us properly where is Dinka problem there? and if you can not depict, then your statement should be treated as Dinka phobia and that will pay us nothing but continuation of blind ideas.

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  • 2 December 2018 03:10, by Joseph Canada

    I mean the NAS/PDM will soon emarge to be the party of the well reasoning South Sudanese who want the genuine peace. Kiir can’t rule Riek can’t be a selfless leader. Now we got another Good for nothing Chanson with no vision who want to lead. People should rethink. NADAFA for ever.

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    • 2 December 2018 04:12, by Pakuai

      Joseph Canada,
      Your social media name just gave you away that your IQ might be on the scale of 80. Just tell us what have you people Bari ever done well than then Dinkas/Jenges that you losers often disparage on SUDAN TRIBUNE? All your sates officials are paid by black gold (fossil fuels) money from the Dinkas/Jenges countries. Besides, the Dinkas/Jenges were the ones who crisscrossed your whole>>

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      • 2 December 2018 04:19, by Pakuai

        Equatoria in 1980th-2005 blasting out your mundukurus/arabs when you losers were either cowering in neighboring countries or even in Khartoum, the US, Canada & other countries. Do you know that the Dinka/Jenge boys from the cattle camp were the ones who sacrificed their precious lives liberating your villages & towns? All what some you Bari cowards want to do is, you want our country>>>

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        • 2 December 2018 04:28, by Pakuai

          to like your next door, DR Congo. Where the Belgium, fused with the UN, the UN, the NGOs, France, the US & other actors like the so-called peacekeeping business and human rights have never left DR Congo since they killed the DR Congo statesman, Mr. Patrice Lumumba. Mind you Mr. Joseph Canada. Your Alfred Lado Gore, Mr. Kenyi & other militias were on payroll of our arch enemy, so-called arabs>>>>

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          • 2 December 2018 04:36, by Pakuai

            of North Sudan against our SPLM/A. And eventually, the truth prevail. Even in 2013, Mr. Alfred Lado Gore, Kenyi and their Riek Machar ally and other bunch of traitors started their usual rebellion game against the South Sudanese & went straight to their arabs of North Sudan masters for supplies. But some of you Equatorians, some of our ’Nuers ke nyantoc’, almost all of our Shilluks>>>

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            • 2 December 2018 05:06, by Pakuai

              are bunch of ungrateful losers. Dinkas/Jaangs/Jenges this & Mr. Salva Kiir that. Don’t you losers know that the Dinkas/Monyjiengs of the Sudan are the most racists people on earth? The Dinkas/Monyjiengs of the Sudan store war against their enemies & re-start them when the times allow. Fellows, I am the one who will help bomb Eastern Jerusalem & gives it to Palestinian people>>>

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              • 2 December 2018 05:12, by Pakuai

                That from Euphrates Rivers, Tigris Rivers & right up to our Nilotic valleys & our Nilotic plains; are where the evil juus (so-called israel) empire would span to. And that the so-called evil juus (so-called israel) empire would be ushered in by the *most powerful sovereigns of the US, the UK, France & their their evil juus (so-called attack dog) and their allies>>>

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                • 2 December 2018 05:20, by Pakuai

                  and that this so-called evil juus (so-called israel) or their NEW WORLD ORDER government would be financed by the gulf Arab states of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait & others’ paymasters; & that the evil juus (so-called israel) or NEW WORLD ORDER government would be run from Washington, UN building in New York, Wall Street, London, Brussels, Paris, Virgin islands, Cayman Islands>>>

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                  • 2 December 2018 05:25, by Pakuai

                    and other shady countries where these evils go and hide their loots in. But here in South Sudan and even indeed in the whole of Africa. That is not gonna happen under the sun. We have informed our losers that South Sudan & the South Sudanese people are not part of the damned so-called ANGLO-AMERICA empire. Everything we tell our adversaries, they go and replicate immediately>>>

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                    • 2 December 2018 05:34, by Pakuai

                      The only country that will have a problem with us (our country) here in Africa is Germany, in Namibia. But we are going to take back our Namibia anyway. The evil English people in South Africa, so-called Afrikaans, and other bunch of evils that we don’t want in backyard again; & of course their mighty US, the UK, France, their evil juus (so-called israel), their UN, their sleazy NGOs,>>>

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                      • 2 December 2018 05:44, by Pakuai

                        their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arabs paymasters, their Abeshas (so-called ethiopians). I am not the one who will help bomb our Gambella region corridor to Djibouti. But I am the one who will walk over El Khartoum, Southern Egypt right up to Eastern Jerusalem kill the evils and give it to owners, Palestinian people. Fellows, We don’t fight little people, we fight>>>

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                        • 2 December 2018 05:49, by Pakuai

                          big babies, the owners are here. Fellows, the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus (so-called israelis) attack dogs, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arab states financiers, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their creepy allies in between love affair with our country & our people has gone too far & it must be brought to an end>>>

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                          • 2 December 2018 05:56, by Pakuai

                            The UNSC only where to start it. Evils like *France & the UK*. The US will still maintain her UNSC seat, but the US must first be bombed & shown its right place on earth. are not going to get anything again. Our country, South Sudan & South Sudanese people had been fought over all along by our enemies that we don’t consider them anyone. And this was all about the US, the UK, France>>>>

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                          • 2 December 2018 06:06, by Pakuai

                            The UNSC only where to start it. Evils like *France & the UK* will not share anything on the UNSC again fellows. The US will still maintain her UNSC seat, but the US must first be bombed & shown its right place on earth. The Dinkas/Monyjiengs of the Sudan are here. We have never ever been colonized by any evil on earth fellows. We respect other peoples on earth, but the mighty US, English people>>

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                            • 2 December 2018 06:18, by Pakuai

                              We will welcome other people’s countries into our country like the Canadians, Russians, African-Americans, Australian people minus, the evil juus (so-called isarelis), English people, their cousins, ’Indigenous people of Australia & Torres Islanders’, ’West Papuans’, Fijians, People of New Zealand, cooks Islanders, Tahitians, East Timor people, people & Papua New Guinea people>>>

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                              • 2 December 2018 06:25, by Pakuai

                                and other smaller island peoples that I fail to mention here, don’t worry. The mighty US, the UK, their UN, their evil juus (so-called israelis), their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their creepy allies in between have step on the wrong people’s feet, us. The sowers are here. In Melbourne, South Sudanese people have targeted by these evils. And when we later found out who of create problems>>>

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                                • 2 December 2018 06:59, by Pakuai

                                  Melbourne, it later turned out that it was not the South Sudanese people after all who often create problems in Melbourne. People of Australia, the owners are here---us. We are the masters of the longshot ware fares on earth. People of Australia. I am the one who will help bomb Eastern Jerusalem and give it to its owners>>>

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    • 2 December 2018 08:44, by Kush Natives

      Mr. Joseph Canada, try to summarize your comments first before you even bothering yourself sending it. Something big is wrong with you, maybe.....you’re experiencing so much stress out there.

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  • 2 December 2018 04:27, by Games

    This Oldman so called Gabriel Changson is a trouble maker. The guy is stable it was a excellent step had taken by SSOA to get rid of him in the moment. Whose knows what Gabriel Changson discusses with criminal Salva Kiir couples of weeks ago.

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    • 2 December 2018 07:14, by Mayendit

      Your uncles Peter Gatdet Yaka and Gabriel Changson have been set up by those smarts people like Lam Akol. Just to recall 1991 of the Naissr movement; it was discover that Dr. Lam Akol was the one who pushed Riek Machar to break away from Garang and the whole Idea was to let two bigger tribes killing themselves so that, the Luo politicians will gets the chance belief me. Lam know his game

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      • 2 December 2018 07:43, by Malakal county Simon


        Constantly reading all your waste time comments, it’s clear that your confused to the limit and you always dont what your talking about.... Since when did Lam Akol become a member of Luo tribe?? And what did he achieved to make him stand-out as a smark guy as you claimed??

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        • 2 December 2018 07:50, by Malakal county Simon

          Constantly reading all your wasting time comments, it’s clear that you’re confused and dont know what you’re always talking about.. since when did Lam Akol become a member of Lou tribe?? And what did he achieved to make him stand-out as a smart guy as you claimed??

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  • 2 December 2018 08:32, by Eastern

    This is tomfoolery what is so special about running SSOA anyway.

    If Kiir al Awiir can run South Sudan as country why can’t Peter Gatdet run the barely known SSOA? This ugly man, Gabriel Changson should swallow his unfunded pride!

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    • 2 December 2018 09:08, by Morthon Akol

      Mr. Joseph Canada, the problem is not Dinka people are fighting over the power Mr. Gabriel and Peter Getdet both of the are not Dinka

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    • 2 December 2018 09:51, by jubaone

      Great observation. Jacob Zuma was Africa’s most illiterate president followed by the Kiirminal. Gatdet can be chairperson of SSOA if democratically elected, the kiirminal on the contrary wasn’t elected. I am grateful that NAS/PDM/SSNMC and other Equatorians are not part of this bull shit 💩.

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      • 2 December 2018 17:19, by jubaone

        Wait a minute! I thought Gatdet was under UN sanctions and that would put SSOA in a very awkward situation. A wanted fugitive and illiterate are no good indicators and surely SSOA is splitting up.

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  • 2 December 2018 13:07, by James Bol Bol

    If you wrote constitution by yourselves and later don’t follows what is in the constitution is where disagreement comes.
    Whether it is good for you or not you can observes what you have took part in it.

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  • 2 December 2018 14:29, by One people

    You see" this is the main problem with 65% of South Sudanese who are so empty-headed and vapid. No Wonder why our country have deficalts on moving forward because of those witless people. The article is not about president Salva Kiir or about Riek Machar," not even about Dinka/jenge or about Lou Nuer, it is about (SSOA) Peter Gatdet and Gabriel Changson election

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