Changson: Gatdet’s death creates vacuum within the opposition alliance

Rival SSOA leaders, Gen. Peter Gatdet, left, and Hon. Gabriel Changson Chang (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

April 17th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – The de facto leader of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), Gabriel Changson Chang, on Tuesday issued a statement of condolence following the passing on of general Peter Gatdet saying the surprise death creates a vacuum within the alliance.

In the statement Changson expressed ‘heartfelt’ sorrow of general Gatdet’s death which occurred – according to relatives and close aides – in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday night.

“The Interim Chairman and SSOA leadership council on behave of all parties within the Alliance and on behave of the people of South Sudan, express our heartfelt sorrow over the death of this great leader,” Changson wrote in the condolence message.

“Gen. Yaka has been a freedom fighter, a man who believed in the ideals of creating a country where all mankind have access to equality, dignity and freedom,” he added.

Changson further said he had worked closely with General Peter Gatdet until the signing of the revitalized peace agreement with the government of President Salva Kiir Mayardiit in September 2018 adding that his departure creates a vacuum within the alliance.

“We have worked tirelessly together until we achieved the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS). His passing on is a vacuum within our great Alliance,” he said. 

He further declared a seven-day mourning period “wherever the Alliance is present, both in South Sudan and chapters in the neighboring countries/diaspora.”

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