REMNASA Joins SPLM/SPLA-IO
Oct28, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan’s anti-government forces from the two main regions of the country have merged their forces under SPLM/SPLA-IO leadership.
Signed this morning in a press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the forces of Revolutionary Movement for National Salvation (REMNASA), an Equatorian popularized rebel group, have joined the main rebel faction, SPLM/SPLA-IO.
According to the document signed by the negotiating chairmen, Hon. Henry Odwar for SPLM/SPLA-IO and Martin James Cleto for REMNASA, the two parties identified and agreed on the need to restore the country citing the suffering of the people of South Sudan, collapsing economy, genocides and massacres of civilians by Salva Kiir regime, land grabbing, rampant corruption, tribalism, nepotism and leadership failure in the country.
“The two parties are cognizant of the current dire situation in South Sudan today: untold human suffering and near collapse of economy” as stated in the declaration document.
“South Sudan is enthralled by serious problems, land grabbing, rampant corruption, tribalism and nepotism, spiralling inflation and failure of leadership”. the declaration continued.
The young revolution movement, which was lunched by a colonel, who defected the Juba regime with handful of soldiers in January this year, was officially launched on January 28, 2015.
Col. Losuba Lodoru Won’go, the founder of REMNESA, is a former military official who served in the ministry of defense in Juba before his defection.
For the past 9 months of its operation, REMNASA launched a few random ambushes against the government forces in various parts of Equatoria region; however, the young rebel group never established a known headquarter in the country or capture a major town.
Since January members of REMNESA such as Col. John Sunday and Capt. Modi Joseph Robert Kenyi, who joined REMNASA in February, 2015 called for alliances and/or merges with other defectors including Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang who defected from SPLA/SPLM-IO and re-joined Juba regime.
Despite many commonalities with SPLM/A-IO, which include fighting the Salva Kiir’s government, REMNASA refused to recognized the recently signed peace agreement on the grounds that the divided SPLM takes 93% of the power sharing.
“The Revolutionary Movement for National Salvation (REMNASA) would like to state to his members and supporters that, the so called “Compromised Peace Agreement” signed by the trio SPLM families (SPLM-IG, SPLM-IO and SPLM-FD), imposed by IGAD-Plus does not represent the popular interests of the people of South Sudan and will not be recognized by REMNASA.” said the REMNASA spokesman, John Sunday.
In spite of minor differences between the two parties, the chairman of REMNASA Col. Losuba, who spoke at the time of release of this article, strongly emphasizes on the importance of merging the two forces under the SPLM/SPLA-IO leadership.