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Gov’t urged to avail resources for peace implementation

By Okan Thomas Onyango

The Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC)hasurged the Revitalized Transition Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) to avail the necessary resources for the implementation of the peace agreement.

This came during the 16thmeeting of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission’s monthly meeting in Juba yesterday.

The Interim Chairperson of RJMEC, Maj. Gen. Charles Tai Gituaiurged the Revitalized Transition Government of National Unity to take steps that will contribute to increase the speed of implementation of the peace agreement.

“I urge the R-TGoNU to adequately fund the Transitional Security Arrangements and to expedite and to complete the unification of forces and ensure well-coordinated disarmament, demobilization and reintegration.  In regards to the nomination of members to the TNLA, it is still the case that only the Former Detainees have submitted the list of nominees to the National Constitution Amendment Committee (NCAC),

“As per the requirement in the agreement, I therefore, urge the Interim Transitional Government of National Unity (I-TGoNU), SPLM/A-IO, SSOA and OPP to submit their lists of nominees to the NCAC for their due diligence in order to ensure that the process of reconstitution of the TNLA is completed,” Gen. Charles said.

The Chairperson also reiteratedhis appeal to the parties to adhere to the 35 percent level of women’s representation in their nominations and the Implementation of the Transitional Security Arrangements (TSA) which is intended to underpin a stable and secure future for the people of South Sudan.

“There are also serious ongoing challenges within the cantonment sites and training centres. This fact was emphasized in a joint statement following a recent visit organized by RJMEC, of the AU, the IGAD Special Envoy and the IGAD and AU C5 ambassadors to training centres in Maridi and Rejaf. It was disheartening to observe thatlack of food and other essential resources, such as medicines, shelter and separate facilities for women, has led to the suffering of the trainees, and to some trainees abandoning the training centres,” Charles revealed.

“The protracted delays and passing of time without progress is detrimental to lasting peace in South Sudan. Furthermore, implementation of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) process has not gone forward since my last statement,” he added.

He also appealed to the continued focus on investigating, arresting, prosecuting and sentencing perpetrators of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence crimes, as well as continued training and sensitization on SGBV issues within the Organized Forces and the immediate lists submissionof the representatives to the permanent constitutional process workshop to facilitate timely planning and its convening without delay by the I-TGoNU.

“9thJuly this year will mark ten years of independence for South Sudan. It is incumbent on all of us to push hard on the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement so that the ten-year celebrations will mark not only the milestone of a decade of independence, but also significant progress in the implementation of the peace agreement,” he concluded.

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