South Sudan: New Rebel Group emerges in Equatoria, Vows to Forge Alliance With Machar to Oust Kiir


A new rebel movement in South Sudan’s Equatoria region has emerged, promising to use any available means to restore order in the war-torn Africa’s youngest nation.

The group calling itself South Sudan Democratic Front (SSDF) says the country’s President Salva Kiir has “failed” the aspirations of majority South Sudanese and therefore “illegitimate”, calling for his immediate removal.

SSDF is advocating for the establishment of a “Confederation of States” as the best system of governance for South Sudan, citing the system in Switzerland as the best model of governance.

The group emphasized that it looks forward to forging alliance with Sudan People’s Liberation Movement /Army – In Opposition under Riek Machar and other militias in across the country to fulfill their objective.

This suggests that the group could be responsible for the current spate of unrest in the equatoria including the alleged abduction of traders from Uganda for ransom.

The group says it is formed by sons and daughters from Equatoria region.

“The sons and daughters of Equatoria region have risen to the occasion and taken upon themselves the responsibility of rescuing the country from total collapse and widespread chaos”, the statement reads in part.