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South Sudan’s New Government: SPLM-IO satisfied with its positions as SSOA frustrated


March 7, 2020 (JUBA) - The SPLM-IO on Thursday said they have gotten several important ministries in the national unity government including defence, oil and federal affairs, while the SSOA expressed dissatisfaction over the power-sharing.

President Kiir shakes hands with his FVP Macahr in a recent meeting at the presidency (SSPPU photo)Citing an SPLM-IO spokesman the Chinese news agency Xinhua said President Salva Kiir and his First Vice-President Riek Machar have finally agreed on Thursday to share the important ministerial positions ahead of the formation of the government next week.

"We agreed that SPLM-IO should take defence, petroleum, mining, federal affairs, peacebuilding, water resources and irrigation, energy and dams, health, and gender and social welfare ministries," said Manawa Peter Gatkuoth, deputy spokesman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO).

SPLM-IO officials said last week they were seeking for a genuine partnership enabling them to work together with the SPLM-IG of President Kiir and the other peace signatories to implement the revitalized peace agreement.

After obtaining the defence and federal affairs ministries, the SPLM-IO can play a pivotal role in the reunification of the government and opposition forces. In the same vein, the federal affairs will allow the former main opposition group to speed up discussions on the number of states and their boundaries.

Gatkuoth further said they want to ensure that at least one of the three areas established recently be headed by an SPLM-IO official.

"We are also discussing with the president the issue of the three administrative areas. At least one administrative area should go to the SPLM-IO," he said.


For its part, the South Sudan Opposition Alliance rejected the three ministries allocated to the coalition and warned they may not participate in the national unity government.

An SSOA official told Sudan Tribune under the cover of anonymity that they have been surprised when they learnt that they have obtained the ministries of public service and higher education instead of the peace and labour ministries

He added that also the position of the deputy information minister was substituted by the deputy interior minister.

The only unchanged position is the ministry of agriculture.

"Those changes happened without consultation with the SSOA Leadership," he said.

"The SSOA does accept and would not be part of the R-TGONU unless these issues are discussed and settled before the formation of the R-TGONU," he stressed.

The parties are scheduled to meet on Saturday to discuss the matter.


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  • 7 March 08:39, by Eastern

    A gentle reminder to SSOA and all the OTHERS.....The R-ARCSS is an agreement between IO and IG; the rest can try something else or back to the bush and the trenches...!

    • 7 March 12:08, by The Rhino


      You just hit the nail on its head!The chilling reality is that both Kiir and Machar are squarely responsible for the deaths of over half a million S.Sudanese and displacements of more than half of the population,that said,.the two have quickly pushed those gruesome events aside and are back again into restoring the status quo and dirty power sharing and greed among themselves,disgusting!

      • 7 March 13:29, by jubaone

        Rhino, Eastern
        This is clear indication that SSOA relied entirely on NAS, SSNMC and PDM (all Equatorian-led) for intelligent, strategic and reasonable political inputs. Once they pulled out, the rump leftovers were left confused like irate wildbeests. Nothing will ever get done without NAS and the rest based in Equatoria.

        • 7 March 13:35, by jubaone

          Rhino, Eastern
          There’s still no hilariuos jubilation of Nuers in the PoCs after Riek’s swearing in. What Equatorians demand is all jienge settlers and squatters to now pack and get out from Nimule, all PoCs in Juba closed and all IDPs repatriated to their areas. Our own Equatorians need that space to plant vegetables. If not war must continue.

          • 7 March 14:13, by The Rhino


            Solid!Those irate wildebeest/SSOA have totally miscalculated their greed.Let them learn their lessons!Fact is,we want ’cleanup’ in our territories!NAS and other Equatorian-led movements should remain firm and unequivocally put the interest of Equatoria FIRST.They must be very cautious collaborating with the rest..Equatoria for Equatorians,full stop!

    • 9 March 09:42, by Midit Mitot


      That,s true, who are SSOA? those are job seekers without even a single soldiers, let them accept whatever they can, otherwise they will be left out.

      • 9 March 13:14, by james john luka

        Midit Mitot

        So it was all about position (power) right?

  • 11 March 23:46, by Not your taste

    If many of you out there thought this deal between IG/IO is not about positions, you need to have a class 101 on South Sudanese politics. Besides, any form or shape of governments has a fracture of positions though, governance should have been in the front and center of politics. In south Sudan, those savages are barely making it and boom here comes an opportunity for position. Are you kidding me.

    • 11 March 23:49, by Not your taste

      It’s now or never. The drama of the un appointed politicians wannabe in Juba was real. These folks were ready to take it outside and deal in South Sudan style. Lord have mercy.

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