Juba, South Sudan,
June 21, 2021 – The South Sudan United Front/Army led by former Chief of General Staff Paul Malong Awan says it has welcome Peter Bol Makuei, a senior Commander, and 37 other officials from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).
“The South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A) would like to welcome a senior SPLA Commander Peter Bol Makuei, along with other thirty (37) officers to our people’s movement, SSUF/A,” the group says in a statement seen by Nyamilepedia.
Chuol Dang Chan, SSUF/A Spokesman says Mr. Bol was involved in several crucial battles during his time with the SPLA adding that his efforts contributed to the secession of South Sudan from Sudan in 2011.
“Cdr. Bol Makuei was in the SPLA from the outset and fought in several historical battles against the successive Sudanese juntas for the liberation of the South Sudanese People,” Dang says.
The Spokesman says the former SPLA combatant has joined the so-called RED ARMY alleging that many were taking a lost direction.
“Cdr. Bol has joined SSUF/A with the RED ARMY cadres, many of whom are members of lost boys’ and girls’ fraternity and other active officers. Mr. Bol has unflinchingly responded to the national call for action by SSUF/A,” he says.
Mr. Dang added that Bol and other members who defected from the SPLA would be integrated into the structure of the SSUF/A, adding that Bol’s experience would bolster the movement.
“This statement, therefore, announces his [Bol’s] membership in our ranks and files of South Sudan United Front/Army (SSFU/A),” he said.
“SSUF/A will surely benefit from his rich academic and military experience, announced during the years of the liberation struggle,” Dang added.
The SSUF is part of the Rome Agreement under the umbrella of the South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance (SSOMA). SSOMA is an alliance of the holdout groups from the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan.
Earlier this month, some members of the alliance threatened to withdraw from the Rome Peace Talks claiming alleging assassination plots by the government.