SIXTY Days Countdown to next gov’t

President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar (File Photo)

By Woja Emmanuel Wani

South Sudan Civil Society Forum has launched 60 days countdown towards the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGNoNU).

The National Pre-Transitional Period ends in 58 days from today.

Mr. Jeffrey Lou Duke, the Media Focal Point of the SSCSF and the Campaign Manager of The South Sudan said the countdown is a reminder to the patties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) of the time left until the end of the transitional period and the beginning of the transitional period.

“Our general assessment is that there are a lot of tasks to accomplish within a short time frame and the implementation as it stands on slow pace. Given the urgency, we urge the parties to the agreement to step up both speed and efforts in implementing the R-ARCSS particularly the pre-transitional provisions,” Duke told Juba Monitor yesterday in an interview.

He added that the 60 days countdown is a point reminder to the parties of critical tasks that need to be accomplished within the remaining days.

Duke added that the forum remained concerned over the issues on non-signatories to the agreement and heavy military buildup in and around Yei River State and continuing denial of access of CTSMAVM peace monitors.

Mr. Duke however ruled out allegations that the NPTC was still lacking funds to implement the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

Last week, the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) raised concerns over the slow progress in implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement due to monetary limitations.

According to the Acting Chairperson of RJMEC Amb. Augostino S.K. Njoroge Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism CTSAMVM had proposed for cost-cutting measures to address budgetary constraints.

“We do not believe that South Sudan is broke. Revenues are coming, the oil is flowing, and non-oil revenues are being generated. We do have money, we just need to allocate the money to the right purpose,” Duke stated.

On Tuesday this week Sudan People’s Liberation Army In Opposition (SPLA-IO) Deputy Military Spokesperson, Col. Lam Paul Gabriel told reporters in Juba that some peace delegations residing in Juba Grand Hotel were locked outside due to nonpayment of bills by the National Pre-Transitional Committee(NPTC).

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