The recent Rome declaration signed by several political parties under the umbrella of SSOMA, send a shockwave after asking for the incumbent president Salva Kiir Mayardit to resign.
The keys principle, Thomas topping the list believe this is the only way to bring the country back.
The move was quickly rejected by the government representatives. However, another tricky syllabus beknown to the government delegates was the issue of land. Section 8. Part of the agreement articulate or rather reinforced the land distribution rights.
“Community owned the land and not the government.” Said one of the officials in the NAS camp.
“The community owning the land must decide the fate of their lands and negotiation thereafter is left to them.” He further stated.
This move is seen as a big win for the communities in the central whose land is facing serious competition from some of the biggest tribes in Greater Uppernile and Greater Bar Gelgazel.
Land issue seems to the main reason Thomas broke away from the government in 2016. However, people believe he was asking for an independent nation which only the Greater Equatoria populace to govern itself.
The tight talks are however expected to be resumed tomorrow as soon as the opposition group sort their internal wrangles.
As it appears, Gen. Thomas Cirilo’s demands are alerting and raising eyebrows across South Sudan.