By Mandela Nelson Denis
National Salvation Front (NAS) leader General Thomas Cirilo has welcomed last week’s call on him to join the peace process by President Salva Kiir and Opposition Chief Dr. Riek Machar.
On the same vain, Cirilo lauded the landmark meeting between President Kiir and Machar.
Last week, both Kiir and Machar met in Juba to ostensibly address sticky issues in the ongoing implementation of the Revitalized Peace process.
The duo agreed to fast-track pending issues revolving around security arrangements including cantonments of forces and boundaries.
On Sunday a section of media stated that Cirilo, the leader of National Salvation Front (NAS) had accepted to join the peace process following expressions made by President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar to include the non-signatories to the Revitalized Peace Agreement.
Yesterday, rights activist Edmund Yakani welcomed General Cirilo’s sudden change of heart.
Speaking to journalists during a focus group discussion, Yakani, the Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) said the civil society welcomed the response by Cirilo to join the peace process.
“Cirilo has accepted that he is ready for dialogue and my appeal is that the calls that have been made by President Kiir and Dr. Riek should be taken a reality. I also appeal to IGAD to make sure that a formal committee is formed to bring along Paul Malong on board to join other signatories to implement the peace agreement,” Yakani said.
Yakani also appealed to Cirilo and Paul Malong to use nonviolent ways in their quest to address their political grievances.