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Another opposition group distances itself from South Sudan Governance deal


August 6, 2018 (JUBA) - The National Salvation Front (NAS) which is part of the opposition umbrella South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) Monday distanced itself from the agreement on outstanding issues of governance.

Thomas Cirillo Swaka (Photo Reuters)

SSOA leader Gabriel Changson Chang and SPLM-FDs leading member Deng Alor on Sunday signed the governance deal with President Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar after a meeting with the IGAD leaders where they were informed that the talks will continue in Khartoum and they can continue to discuss their concerns with the Sudanese mediation.

NAS is the second opposition group to mark its disapproval of the deal and confirmed the growing rift within the opposition alliance. Already, the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM), another SSOA member rejected the agreement on the outstanding issues of governance.

In a statement made public on Monday, the group recalled its position on the governance deal of 2 August and reiterated it NAS has not authorized any individual or any group of individuals to act on its behalf, to represent it in Khartoum or to sign the deal on its behalf.

"The Leadership of NAS is aware that some of its members have been compromised and are under extraordinary pressure to sign the Agreement on Outstanding Issues of Governance. While NAS’ leadership is handling this unfortunate Incidence internally," reads the statement signed by its leader Thomas Cirillo Swaka.

In a statement issued on 2 August, NAS regretted that the initialled governance deal does not meet its aspiration for a strong federal system.

"The current governance proposal prioritizes power-sharing over devolution of powers, strengthens and further entrenches the current rotten system in Juba rather than transforming it and defers the question of federalism to a permanent constitution-making process that the parties cannot guarantee when this will eventually happen," stressed the statement of 2 August.

The opposition group in its statement of 6 August also condemned the intimidation exercised on the opposition groups by the Sudanese mediation to bring them to ink the governance deal on Sunday, without elaborating.

"NAS’ leadership is deeply shocked by and condemn in the strongest terms possible the coercive, intimidating and divide-and-conquer, tactics being deployed by the Mediation in this regard".


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  • 6 August 2018 22:09, by Theone

    Make everyone Vice_president & minister to accommodate all greedies and selfish.

    • 6 August 2018 23:05, by The Rhino

      From now on,NAS should only focus on hardliners from Equatoria.Those solid proud elites who never flinch for food or positions.Anybody who dare come too close to NAS must be subjected to extreme vetting.Enough already with these snitches.No Federalism,No peace!

      • 6 August 2018 23:21, by jubaone

        The Rhino
        Yes true Equatorian. Like PDM, NAS has shown a good example of being steadfast and principled. Equatorians must not degenerate themselves to swaying insolent idiots driven by food searching instincts. Col. Bakasoro and other progressive Equatorians must go our way. We must ensure neither jienges nor nyagats establish themselves permanently in Equatoria

        • 7 August 2018 00:00, by The Rhino


          Exactly,those are the points.USA and International Community know precisely what/where the deal is,and who the real game changers are.We’ll never relinquish the pursuit of genuine peace,justice and security for Equatoria.

        • 7 August 2018 06:21, by Dinka-Defender-General

          Rhino and Jubaone, why are you supporting a decision made by PDM and NAS leaders. These leaders are not thinking right. They will regret their decisions very soon. Where will they operate if I may ask? Equatoria is too small for both parties to operate. I am telling you the truth. For me, the federal system should not cause innocent lives.

  • 6 August 2018 23:26, by jubaone

    ..IGAD,Troika, US, AU all know that Equatoria is the heart and soul of SS without it, SS would simply be an open grazing plains for wondering nomads and their cows. Take Equatoria out of this deal, SS is just a shithole. Equatoria must believe in itself and let jienges-nyagats go to their areas. They have the oil.

  • 6 August 2018 23:33, by jubaone

    ..those Equatorians that have thrown away federalism are like those castrated men who gleefully saw jienges rape their sisters/mums/aunts and didn’t have the balls to burst the jienge skulls. That is cowardice of the lowest order.We Equatorians have every tool to set Juba into hell. It’s either us or them. There’s no middle way

    • 7 August 2018 01:14, by One people

      jubaon and The Rhino

      you better go and give an advice to your Thomas Cirillo to abandon his Rebellion as soon as possible and sign the peace agreement or else we will go after him and capture him in that bushes, if we can’t capture him he might be somewhere not in SS, but he can face deportation to us.. ugly young Equatorian kid talking about federalism system, we will get you

      • 7 August 2018 08:33, by jubaone

        It was absolutely wrong for NAS to have allowed jienge and nyagat saboteurs join it in the first place. Equatorians supported Riak’s federalism agenda. Since he has abandoned it, it will be absolutely wrong and stupid to support IO and therefore Equatorians in IO should simply abandon IO and support Equatorian movements.

      • 7 August 2018 10:12, by jubaone

        One People
        I would advice Gen Cirillo to hand over his leadership to me and I would transform NAS into a fighting machine that will never compromise on referendum

    • 7 August 2018 01:59, by South South

      jubaone and Rhino,

      The guy called Thomas Cirillo has no organization at this time. General Julius Tabule is now in charge of NAS. He will sign anything soon or end up in Juba by force.

      • 7 August 2018 08:42, by jubaone

        South South
        Intimidate and coerce your fellow jienges or cowardly nyagats. You can pay your short legged bantu allies to deliver Gen Cirillo as you did with James Gatdet, Aggrey Idri and the rest. That’s what you do best. Did this stop the IO? No. So just shut up and go back to your stinking luaks. That’s where you belong.

  • 7 August 2018 00:08, by Mondeto

    Equatoria must never give up for the popular demand for federalism, for the love of Greater Equatoria

  • 7 August 2018 00:10, by Mondeto

    Dinka and Nuer must leave Equatoria.

    • 7 August 2018 08:53, by jubaone

      Nuers are the lesser evil, jienges are the devils that must be sent away like how God threw away satan from heaven. Start this by completely not associating yourself with jienges. Treat him like a jellaba and you are safe

  • 7 August 2018 00:16, by Mondeto

    It is time for Equatoria to rise up, our lands has been taken away, Mathiang Anyoor killed Equatorian children and the adults, chased away our people to Uganda and claimed that Equatorians are Ugandans, Kenyans, Congoless,...that’s not acceptable. Federalism/Kokora is the only solution

    • 7 August 2018 04:54, by Kenyang ll

      Don’t follow Jubaone, Eastern or likes as they are simply bias and wrong. South Sudan main problem is bad SPLM leadership under incompetent Salva Kiir which has nothing to do with Dinka people. But it’s true many in B. Gazal, Equatoria and Upper Nile are equally responsible for failures in front of us. War is bad everywhere but no one should belittle/generalize attack on gallant SPLA.

  • 7 August 2018 00:24, by Theone

    It is so SAD that there are people in South Sudan or call themselves South Sudanese with those hateful ideology. Shame of them!

    I hope they remain abroad as refugees. They deserve it!

  • 7 August 2018 05:20, by Games

    The problems of South Sudan is man made issues and the majority of historically man-made problems usually ending up being solved by military means. Salva Kiir and his JCE are listening only guns. In cases of Equatoria, Thomas Cirillo was never been a rebell, tell recently when he refused to sign the peace, because he did not get a one of those VPs positions.

  • 7 August 2018 05:30, by Games

    Thomas Cirillo and his invisible forces have been frequently attacked IO through out the Equatorias counties, while leaving out the very persons that supposedly to with them.
    Thomas Cirillo is an IO number one enemy and I think the IO groups knows that too. Although, I personally supporting Thomas Cirillo’s standing points. Federalism is what people of South Sudan wants and that what caused this

    • 7 August 2018 22:04, by jubaone

      I respect your position and as Equatorians we share the same position on federalism. But Riak has compromised this position and its only logical that our alliance will shift. We are bound by mutual interest and so Equatorians should quit IO till it clarifies its position. If IO chooses to join IG, it becomes a legitimate target. Period

  • 7 August 2018 05:43, by Games

    Caused this current war in the first place. As the regional of B. Ghazal where Salva Kiir hailed from is not well off by its own. Thus, Salva Kiir has to used his power to prevent the Federalism systems that have been overwhelming
    demanding by Two regions.

  • 7 August 2018 15:09, by Activist # 25

    Now, the sons of Equatoria soil are standing their ground and their disapproval exactly mimick that of the TROIKA. Too sad people are celebrating a fake peace agreement imposed on people who were previously part of the corruption. Riek and others in my analysis are made to forced to sign this nonesense. We anticipate the worst to come. This peace will not hold water long, let’s wait and see.

    • 7 August 2018 15:28, by Redeemer

      Jubaone and Eastern
      Your makako thinking cannot liberate you, first think where your Thomas and Bakasoro will operate. When u stage A Dinka war to wipe them away from Yei 2016-date asked yourself what happened?

      • 7 August 2018 18:23, by jubaone

        Jellaba bootlicker and dishwasher just shut up. Prasie God the Kiirminal managed to pack all worthless jienge creatures out of Yei in Oct 2016. Otherwise, they would have had their asses torched. Never again shall we allow jienges to freely drift like vagrants. As long as they are trapped in Juba that is ok. Any free wandering jienge is a legitimate target.

        • 8 August 2018 05:31, by Kenyang ll

          South Sudan President Salva Kiir rotten & failed regime is made up of all kind of thieves and opportunists including many from your tribe and only them make decisions and responsible. Your unjustified madness attacks and insults on entire Dinka people (jieng not Jenge) is unacceptable.

          • 8 August 2018 05:36, by Kenyang ll

            And remember should entirely Dinka declare war on you as you did on them, you will die in broad daylight anywhere.

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