NPTC starts reconciliation process
By Elia Joseph Loful
The National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC) has started processes that will lead to establishment of the Commission of Truth, Reconciliation and Healing (CTRH).
Speaking during the first workshop for establishment of the CTRH, the deputy chairperson for National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC), Gabriel Changson Chang urged South Sudanese to reconcile among themselves for the ongoing peace process to succeed.
The workshop was organized by the NPTC in collaboration with the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) on Wednesday in Juba.
The workshop under the theme: “Restoring peace through national reconciliation and healing” aimed at developing framework for reconciliation and healing across the country.
Changson said the Revitalized-Peace Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCISS) was intended to end war in the country but also to help reconcile fragmented politicians and communities.
“Now we are doubling our efforts to make sure that the agreement is implemented wholly. We as South Sudanese have to reconcile among ourselves,” Changson said.
He called on the public not to dwell on recalling the “bad experiences” but forgive and reconcile in order to heal their hearts.
“Let us choose a new chapter and look forward to reconstructing and moving the country ahead. Today we are exercising one of the tenets in the agreement called reconciliation and healing,” he added.
Changson stated that the workshop was meant to draw out some strategies for the program of healing and reconciliation before the plans are rolled out to the public.
He encouraged the team developing the document to work hand-in-hand to ensure the document is availed at the specified period, adding that NPTC will continue to support the effort.
Changson said the work of the committee will not only end after the transitional period but will go beyond the specified period of the agreement.
“Your work will not end with the Pre-transitional period activities but it will go beyond the three years of Pre-transitional period because reconciliation and healing is a process,” Changson said.
“Though resources are becoming a challenge, yet the work must not stop, “where there is a will there is a way.”
He pointed out that the NPTC will work hard to strengthen the unit.
“Keep on doing your paperwork and NPTC will stand with you in terms of implementing what you deliver today,” Changson said.
Speaking at the same event, Mr. Dwoki Moses CEPO representative said the Internally Displaced Persons and refugees should not be brought to the country before strategies for healing and reconciliation are put in place.
“We must first put strategies and have better infrastructure for healing and reconciliation in place,” Moses said.
Chapter five of the Revitalized Peace Agreement states that upon formation of the unity government, there shall be established the Commission of Truth, Reconciliation and Healing as part of the peace building process.
It is expected to spearhead efforts to address the legacy of conflicts, promote peace, national reconciliation and healing.