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Civil Society calls for speedy deployment of RPF

Executive Director of FODAG: Mr. Jame David Kolok talking to Juba Monitor


By Sworo Charles Elisha

The government should move faster to facilitatedeployment of the Regional Protection Force in the country, the Executive Director of Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance (FODAG), Jame David Kolok says.

Speaking to Juba Monitor,Kolok said the quicker the forces are deployed the better given the prevailing insecurity in the country.

“Our position as civil society has always been very clear and we did clearly say that the process leading to the deployment of the Regional Protection Force is long overdue. The deployment of the Force was supposed to be swift response to a crisis that is going on and therefore the fact peace is still far away it would be appropriate to fasten any process that would complement the national peace processes in order to achieve lasting peace,” Kolok said.

He said it is important thatthe governmenttake action so that total peace could be realized in the country.

“Our call still is that they need to move faster because this is not the first time that we are hearing the government saying we have accepted the deployment of the Regional Protection Force. They have said this time and time again but we need to see action,” Kolok said.

He added that the presence of the Regional Protection Force would create confidence building among the citizens and investors to improve the economy.

The FODAK director said it would be impossible for the government to talk of improving the economy when insecurity still persists in most parts of the country.

“I am telling you that whether the government tries as much as possible to correct the economy; they will never correct this economy in the context of this conflict. That is the truth. It has never happened all over the world that somebody says we are going to fix the economy when people are fighting, when people are being killed and when the roads are being blocked,” Kolok said.

“The environment must be conducive such that we begin to see these roads opening up so that we begin to see people go their usual businesses, farming, moving goods from wherever to Juba and from Juba to other parts of the country,” he continued.

Koloksaid the Regional Protection Force should not be seen as a force that would counter the peace initiative of the government.

“It is a gesture of our friends in the world that we need to be supported and indeed we have to acknowledge that we need to be supported,” he stated.

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