IGAD blamed for delay of RPF deployment
Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is to blame for the delay in deployment of the Regional Protection Force (RPF), said Guot Gabriel Manyang, the Chairman of Greater Upper Nile Concerned Youths for Peace and Stability (GUNCY-PAS).
Speaking exclusively to Juba Monitor yesterday, Manyang said IGAD countries have delayed the deployment of the Regional Protection Force for over one year because they did not press the transitional government for the immediate deployment and have not taken the matter seriously despite the continued war in the country.
“They did not take the matter as a serious issue rather they took it as a point of talking and not a decision,” Manyang said. “People are suffering and it has become like a song,” the Regional Protection Forces are being deployed. They are coming but there are no signs that they are being deployed.”
The upper Nile youth leader said IGAD should expedite the deployment of the force within a month otherwise ‘let them tell us it is no longer there so that we can seek for other solution.’
Manyang called on the President to show strength and courage by ensuring the forces are deployed in the country.
He said if the regional strong forces are deployed, it will lead to cessation of hostilities as it will create a buffer zone between the two opposing factions and restore hope. “There will be safety which will encourage leaders to fully implement the Peace agreement,” he said.
He further called on IGAD and the transitional government for the speedy and timely deployment of the force.
Guguei Machar James, a concern citizen said the deployment of regional forces is very important because it will ensure innocent civilians who have been victimized in various capacities are protected and will restore trust in the government.
The 58th Extra-Ordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers acknowledged the ongoing efforts by the Chiefs of Defense Staff of the Troops Contributing Countries and United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to expedite the deployment of the Regional Protection Force and called upon the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) to facilitate urgent deployment of the Force.