A prominent senior member of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance -SSOA has dissolved his party and joined the SPLM.
Hon: Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro, Minister of Public Services in the Unity government, announced the change of allegiance on Thursday
Joseph Bakosoro was a leader of the National Movement for Change (NMC), one of the Allies of SSOA in the peace agreement.
This morning, he dissolved his political party in a news conference and joined the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM).
The former elected governor of Western Equatoria State formed the party he dissolved in 2017 opposed the political roadmap of president Salva Kiir’s government.
The SPLM cadres described his interest in rejoining significant milestones to reconcile party members. Bakosoro said he previously terminated his membership from the SPLM due to intimidation and assassination attempts from his political rivals.
I am suffered from all sources of humiliation, hate characters assassination, and all part of betrayal from our people, just because of my try from Western Equatoria State. Hence, we were a force to form our movement.
He further said the move to join SPLM again is a community demand
The decision to join SPLM was requested from the community and some senior leaders. A tough decision is taken for seeks unity. People should avoid history that will have effects on the next generation. People should be part of decision rather than to be part of the problem,”
Bakosoro called his supporters to embrace the NMC decision of merging back the party to SPLM for Unity of South Sudan.
“The decision we have taken can be positive or negative. It will have negative or positive effects from our brothers. But it is worthy taken”.
SPLM Acting Secretary-General Ann Nunu welcome back Bangasi Bakosoro to the SPLM and urged political parties to return to the party.
She acknowledged that the return of senior SPLM members to the party is in line with Arusha Agreement to reconcile SPLM liberators.
“I strongly believe that we will come together, we will unite, and we will take this country forward. I called upon all of you once again to leave the pass to the pass. Let us focus. Let us focus on our vision and our objectives. Let us work for peace”.
Former Speaker in the National Legislative Assembly Antoni Lino Makane spoke on the SPLM liberation councils behaves and appreciated Bakosoro ‘s return.
Hon. Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro was appointed as Minister of Public Services in 2020 under the SSOA seat.