PEACE RJMEC raises concern over slow pace

Amb. Augostino S.K. Njoroge the Acting Chairperson of

RJMEC in a plenary (file photo)

By Woja Emmanuel Wani

The Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) has raised concerns over the slow progress in the Revitalized-Peace Agreement implementation.

Speaking at the RJMEC 4th plenary meeting in Juba, the Acting Chairperson of RJMEC Augostino S.K. Njoroge said all the stakeholders were in a critical moment of the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

The 8 months for the Pre-Transitional Period is due to end in May, 2019

“We are at a critical juncture in the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement. I am concerned about the slow pace of our progress especially the functionality and capacity of some critical agreement institutions and mechanisms,” Njoroge said yesterday.

The National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC)is tasked with executing confidence building, dissemination of the R-ARCSS, healing and reconciliation, National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC) Security Arrangement and mobilization has not reached its full potential due to financial constraints.

According to Njoroge, Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism CTSAMVM has proposed for cost-cutting measures to address budgetary constraints.

Njoroge added that the Chairman of CTSAMVM would present the greater detail of the proposal in his report.

“I recently received a letter from the Chairman of CTSAMVM proposing for temporary cost-cutting measures inorder to address ongoing budgetary constraints,” Njoroge added.

Njoroge however, urged the incumbent TGoNU to make good on its pledges to the NPTC for the NPTC to immediately channel the requisite resources to all the implementation mechanisms and to enable them discharge their mandate.

In the NPTC 3rd report presented to RJMEC yesterday by Gabriel Changs on Chang, a member of South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) and the NPTC called on the International Community to reconsider funding the NPTC plans.

Chang said that the International Community and the public should minimize the blame game on who is or not serious on the implementation of the agreement and concentrate on encouragement and support to the little steps that are being undertaken by different mechanism and institutions.

During the RJMEC Extra Ordinary Meeting held on 19th February, the budget of the NPTC was USD 285 Million out of which 86% is for security arrangements.

In its Extra Ordinary Council of Ministers Meeting in February this year, the TGoNU directed the Ministry of Finance and Planning to deposit 10M USD to the NPTC as an initial payment towards the implementation of the Pre-Transitional Period.

Late last month, the NPTC also organized a fundraising event for business people in Juba. The occasion raised SSP 550 Million 500,000 USD and one Hardtop Land Cruiser.

The NPTC also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IGAD and Japan for an amount of USD 1Million that shall be used to meet costs of travel of the NPTC and mechanisms of the R-ARCSS.

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