MAY IS The month for unity Gov’t-Kiir
President Salva Kiir Mayardit (File photo)
By Woja Emmanuel Wani
President Salva Kiir has once again repeated that the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) will be next month as scheduled despite the unexecuted chapters of the peace agreement.
Kiir told the Press at State House on Friday that the delay to form the unity government would crush the hopes of the people and the viability of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.
“I hold the view that any delay to the formation of the government would crush the hopes of our people for peace. It would create a sense of weariness and uncertainty about the viability of the Peace Agreement. This is the last thing our country needs,” Kiir said while delivering his Easter message to the country.
The President added that the whole Agreement was hinged on the formation of the unity government and any delays to this would be an act of bad faith in the eyes of our people.
“The country is ready for a new spirit and the dawn of a new sense of national unity. There is no better way to express this than to create a government that brings all parties together,” he said.
Last week on Friday, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) leader Dr. Riek Machar called for the extension of the Pre-Interim Period for additional six months for the purpose of implementing the unexecuted provisions in the Revitalized Agreement such as Chapter Two (the security arrangements), determination of the number of states, the constitutional amendment committee among others.
SPLM-IO Director for Information and Public Relations Puok Bok Baluang said that their leadership was requesting for additional six months to give the Pre-Interim Committee extra time to accomplish their mandate.
The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) who were also awarded a position in the five vice presidents by the Revitalized Agreement, until now remained without a clear leader.
President Salva Kiir, Dr. Riek Machar and other opposition factions signed the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) on 12th September in the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa to end the five and half year devastating civil war.