PDM says did not give mandate to SSOA Chairman to initialize peace deal
September 1st 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – The People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) led by Dr. Hakim Dario said they are disappointed by the interim leader of South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) for signing the peace agreement although he was not mandated by them and other Alliance members.
The PDM is a part of the SSOA negotiating a peace agreement with the South Sudan government along side the SPLM-IO led by Machar and the SPLM-IO Former Detainees led by former Secretary-General Pagan Amum.
In a statement seen by the Nyamilepedia on Thursday, the PDM leader Dr. Hakim Dario said his group, although being part of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance, did not authorized the alliance leader Changson Lew to initialize the agreement on their behalf.
“PDM would like to reiterate its rejection to initialing of the Draft Revitalized ARCSS, and as a member of SSOA, PDM along with other members have not authorized Mr. Gabriel Chanson Chang, the interim Chair, to initial this Agreement in the name of SSOA as an opposition Bloc,” Hakim said in the statement.
He said the decision by the Alliance Chairman to initialize the agreement without their fondant violates the agreed collective position by all members or the South Sudan Opposition Alliance.
“This action by SSOA interim Chair, therefore contravenes and violated the collectively agreed position of SSOA members that initialing and signing of the Revitalized Khartoum Agreement shall be in the name of each constituent SSOA member organization and not SSOA as a Bloc as did the interim Chair,” he said.
He said the decision of the interim SSOA Chairman is an illegal procedure as as such carries no effect calling it null and void.
“The action of SSOA interim Chair to initial Khartoum Peace Agreement today is procedurally illegal and is without legitimacy, hence it carries no effect and is therefore null and void,” he said.
He said the PDM had wrote to the SSOA leadership in respond to a request by the Alliance to its members to present their views on the issues regarding the initializing the agreement and notified the Alliance of its decision to not sign the agreement, a position which he said have not changed so far.
“PDM wrote on 25th August 2018 stating its position to SSOA interim Chair in response to a request for viewpoints submission from all constituent SSOA megmbers about this very issue. To date, no decision was reached to grant consent to SSOA interim Chair request,” he said in the statement.