CIRILO-Out of November conference

By Kidega Livingstone

The leadership of National Dialogue steering committee admitted that Thomas Cirilo would not be part of the National Dialogue and he will not participate in the national conference scheduled for 3rd November 2020.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting with British Ambassador to South Sudan on the progress of the national conference, the Co-Chair, Angelo Beda said all the political parties and the leadership of National Dialogue have consulted outside the country will joint South Sudanese during the conference; however, he said Thomas Cirilo will not be part of the team.

He was not clear why Thomas Cirilo, the NAS leader will not join the National Dialogue conference in November. This came when he was asked whether Cirilo will come for the national conference in November.  

“Thomas will not get involved. We are dealing with those we have gone and talk with during our outside country visit. Inclusivity is the common ground for everybody, the conference we are going to hold is for all South Sudanese,” said Beda.

“Those we tried to follow, I think they will come on the table at the last moment because the rest of the people we talked to have agreed,” he added.

Mr. Beda disclosed that the national conference would have been in March this year but because of the delay in the formation of the new government, it has pushed everything to November 3rd 2020.

He said the formation of the new government was still a challenged because it has not yet fully been formed as expected by the National Dialogue and the people of South Sudan.

“The National conference delayed because we wanted it to happen when the new government is formed. We are still waiting if it is formed; we are going to hold it in November. We pushed for November because of the flood that has cut of many people in most parts of the country,” he said.

On his part, the British Ambassador to South Sudan, Chris Trott said they have discussed the process of the national conference because dialogue is very important for the people of this country.

He said the British government was behind the National Dialogue in terms of support to make it a success so that views of the citizens reach the government.

“The leadership of this country should ensure that they engage in the national dialogue. We still see the implementation of peace agreement. The National Dialogue can help the leadership to get fully involved in the implementation of the agreement,” said Trott.     

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