Gov’t urged to reconstitute disarmament commission
Revitalized Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC)’s Chairperson
Lt. Gen. Augustino Njorege (Photo: Kitab A Unango)
Kitab A Unango
The Revitalized-Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) has called on the government to reconstitute Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Commission.
It said the DDR was important in the cantonment of forces.
- Gen. Augustino Njoroge, Chairperson of RJMEC said the DDR commission was vital for cantonment process and called on parties to expedite its reconstitution.
“I must report that the reconstitution of the DDR commission is vital for the cantonment process which is still pending. I urge the incumbent Transitional National Government of National Unity and the National Pre-Transitional Committee to expedite the reconstitution of the commission”, Njorege.
He made the call during the Fifth RJMEC board meeting held in Juba last Friday.
According to the peace agreement, the DDR Commission was tasked with disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of persons with special needs that were ineligible or not willing to serve in the unified army.
Chapter 2.4.9 of the Revitalized Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), DDR commission should have been reconstitution within 30 days following the signing of the agreement by the parties.
Again chapter 2.4.10 of the agreement provides that the body shall start its work at the beginning of pre-transitional period and continue in parallel with the unification process.
Only 27 days left for the pre-transitional period to end.
- Gen. Njoroge said the critical tasks in the implementation of the revitalized-peace agreement still remained pending despite the end of the pre-transitional period coming to an end.
According to Njoroge pending tasks included activities towards the unification of forces, which involved the process of cantonment and training, and the determination on the number and boundaries of States, and the composition and restructuring of the Council of States.