Rebel commander replaces SSNMC leader Joseph Bakosoro
September 22nd 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – A South Sudan rebel commander loyal to the South Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC) led by Joseph Bakosoro announced on Friday that they have removed the SSNMC leader who they said acted in contrary to their wish.
The South Sudan National Movement For Change is a member of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) which signed a peace agreement with the South Sudan government last week.
In a statement issued on Friday and extended to the Nyamilepedia, the group said a rebel commander, General Abraham Wani, replaced Bokasoro whom they accused of defying their calls to reject what they call one-sided agreement.
“The SSNMC forces on the ground remain under the command of General Abraham Wani and are in full support of the changes in the leadership of SSNMC,” the statement said.
The statement said the group is informing the people of South Sudan that the Chairman has been acting in contrary to the decision made by the SSNMC leadership.
“We wish to let the South Sudanese people and the world know that the Chairman acted contrary to the decision of the SSNMC leadership,” it said.
The statement further accused Bakosoro of avoiding any meaningful engagement with the SSNM leadership saying he rejected both verbal and written recommendations given to him by the group’s leadership.
“The Chairman avoided any meaningful engagement with the SSNMC base and rejected verbal and written strong recommendations conveyed to him and SSOA by SSNMC leadership at the negotiations in Khartoum not to initial/sign any bad agreement and walk away from the talks,” it added.
The former Western Equatoria state governor Bakosoro is a part of the SSOA which signed a peace deal with South Sudan government last week in Ethiopia.