Chief whip assures public of permanent peace
Bishop Gabriel Rorej [L], the Chief Whip Other Political Parties in the TNLA and Paul Yoane Bonju [R], Chairperson Information Committee in a press conference yesterday (photo by Woja Emmanuel)
By Woja Emmanuel Wani
Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan will bring about permanent peace to the country according to the Chief whip of the Other Political Parties to the agreement.
The Revitalized Agreement was signed on 12th September in the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa bringing to an end a five and half year conflict in the country.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir signed a peace agreement with rebel factions in the Ethiopian capital on last month to end a civil war that had killed at least 50,000 people, displaced over two million and held up the country’s progress since it gained independence seven years ago.
South Sudan plunged into warfare two years after independence from Sudan in 2011 when a political dispute between Kiir and then vice-president, Riek Machar erupted into armed confrontation.
A previous peace deal signed in 2015 fell apart a year later after clashes broke out between government forces and rebels.
The Chief Whip of the Other Political Parties in the TNLA Bishop Gabriel Rorej assured that the recently signed revitalized peace accord would be like the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which portrays a positive image to national development.
“This peace is very important and all the stakeholders who have signed the peace are committed. It has again promoted our relationship with our neighbors, we need Sudan to corporate with us in all aspects of work”, Rorej said yesterday in a press conference.
Bishop Rorej was giving the assurance of the Other Political Parties’ position in relation to the ratification of the agreement by the August house last week.
Some members of the August House last week seemed to have not been pleased by the ratification of the revitalized peace agreement on grounds that the peace was not inclusive as violence was still in the outskirts of the country.
Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the Information Committee at the TNLA, Paul Yoane Bonju said ratifications of the convention or any agreement was based on the TNLA conduct of business 2011 amended 2017.
“Always conventions or international agreements in most cases is ratified or rejected. You cannot expect the parliament to say something, that is why the members because of their zeal for peace they unanimously said this agreement should be ratified,” Bonju said yesterday.