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COUNTDOWN, Two months to unity gov’t

By Nema Juma

It is exactly two months to end the extended Pre-Transitional period but much remains to be done, Chairperson of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, (RJMEC) Amb Lt Gen Augustino Njoroge has said.

The commission expressed its concerns over insecurity caused by the opposition forces in Aweil East, Raja and Yei River states.

The concerns came after Dr. Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir met and discussed the need to include the holdout groups of Thomas Cirilo and Paul Malong in the peace process.

Speaking during the 9th (RJMEC) meeting in Juba yesterday, Amb S.K Njoroge who is also the Interim chairperson of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission urged all the parties to hold regular meetings with all the political leadership in order to build trust and confidence among themselves.

He said this would help them address the challenges facing implementation.

He said the citizens of South Sudan are demanding to know more about the Revitalized Peace Agreement and the progress in its implementation.

He also stated that in the past few weeks the secretariat of RJMEC in partnership with faith –based and civil Society have visited dissemination Wau, Torit, Yambio and Maridi to disseminate the peace deal messages.

“Our experience is to demonstrate that citizens have limited knowledge about the R-ARCSS and this justifies the need for more work to be done on the dissemination,” Amb. Njoroge said.

He also stated that UNHCR reported that there was spontaneous return of displaced people and refugees in August.

However, Amb. Njoroge also appealed to the National Dialogue Committee that their various dialogue platforms should be used for disseminating the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

“We are fortunate to have an RJMEC member representing the eminent personalities, and who is also a member of National Dialogue Committee,” said Amb. Njoroge.

However the representative of National Transitional Period Commission, (NPTC) Henry Odwar said that in in terms of cantonments and barracks, they agreed that out of 40 barracks 25 were to be operationalized during the first phase.

He said this justifies the agency of making sure that they come up with a necessary unified force of 83,000.

We have decided that all the 40 cantonments are to be operationalized because some cantonment sites are very far away from assembly points.

“We will only have 40 cantonments to be operationalized so that in terms of diversity of the 83,000, everybody in the country will see their faces during the security arrangements,” Odwar said.

He said that if they operationalize only 25 cantonment sites, some communities will marginalized and so all 40 cantonments will help this confusion and diversity in this country.

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