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CEPO demands urgent formation of states government

By Bullen Bala Alexander

Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) is demanding for the full formation of the Revitalized Government of National Unity [RTGoNU] before New Year.

Edmund Yakani, the Executive Director of CEPO said the continuous delay in the formation of the pledged Revitalized Government of National Unity especially at state level is a risk to the peace implementation in the country.

As a CEPO Executive Director I would like to take this opportunity to urge President Salva Kiir in his address to the nation in celebration of the Christmas and New Year to take the following expectations and respond to them effectively.

“We wish to see a formation of full pledged Revitalized Government of National Unity before January 2021, this is to help our citizens at state and local government levels that are facing a lot of challenges because of absence of effective government structures in those locations,” Yakani said.

Yakani made the call during his Christmas and New Year message over the weekend in Juba.

“Secondly we wish to see President Kiir assuring us a clear plan for speedy implementation of security arrangement and specifically the unification of forces because we believe that the situation we are in now if we do not have proper security arrangement whatever we are doing will never be successful,” he stressed.

According to Yakani, the process of transitioning from violence to peace in the country requires one unified army who will always be identified as South Sudanese Force.

He said there is need for the President to offer South Sudanese complete strategy to mitigate the ongoing inter communal fighting across the country adding that citizens are dying day and night in parts of the three regions of South Sudan as a result of these communal fighting.

“Another appeal we are raising to the attention of the President is that there is high level of corruption in public institutions, we hope that the President will speak to that and punish those found of doing such act.”

“We also hope that the President can release prisoners of miner incidents across the country, we hope that the President will take the opportunity of the speech to urge the new incoming parliament to speed up the process of endorsing Kampala Convention on IDPs,” he added.

He said the Kampala Convention will help to design a successful reintegration process for the returnees who are refugees outside or IDPs in the country.

“CEPO is also appealing to the President that before issuing the degrees of the next formation of the full pledged Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity, the President should ensure that all the political parties commit themselves for genuine enforcement of the 35 percent of women including the young persons in appointment and inclusions of persons with disability in various appointments at various levels of government,” he added.

He said the violation of 35 percent of women, inclusion of young people and absence of persons with disabilities in the previous appointment should not be repeated in the new appointment for forming the full pledged revitalized government of national unity.

However, he thanked the President and the law enforcement agencies for providing safety and security during the eve of Christmas.

“We want to be sincere and honest to our citizens that this year we have seen a remarkable performance of our law enforcement agencies in providing safety and security across the country and thanks goes to their leadership at their various levels that have made the soldiers to commit to doing an excellent job in providing safety and security in our country,” Yakani concluded.  

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