By CEPO

The National Dialogue Steering Committee submitted their preliminary report to President Salva Kiir last month. The report had spoken to boarder historical issues and some key issues that have contributed to the current situation.

Community Empowerment for Progress Organization welcomed and appreciates the content of the report. The content of the report holds water and provide great information for pathway forward for resolving the current situation in South Sudan.

Mr. Edmund Yakani, the Executive Director says the report is creditable and that it clearly demonstrates the expected intention of having national dialogue among South Sudanese. The spirit of the report showed commitment to the principles of creditability but much need to be done to meet the participation of the community and inclusivity.

The recent move out of the Sub-Steering Committees to some states namely Yei, Aweil and Wau is encouraging

The National Dialogue has to speak to the root causes of the current situation and tactics for resolving the political differences among the political elites from home-grown perspectives.

“The gender aspect of the report requires to be improved. Engendering the National Dialogue process should be one of the key principles to be observed and fulfilled without any excuses,” Mr. Yakani stressed

Finally, CEPO will be keenly observing the National Dialogue process. Thanks to the Steering Committee for being transparent to the public on what is going on, we wish similar approach will be applied for matters of funds utilized around the National Dialogue