IGAD urged to offer technical support to parties

By Wek Atak Kacjang

Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) has welcomed the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) deadline on national assembly reconstitution.

On Tuesday, the regional bloc issued an ultimatum to the presidency to reconstitute the national legislature. During the 36th extraordinary assembly of IGAD heads of State and Governments held via videoconference on Tuesday, the leaders appealed to President Salva Kiir to dissolve the current Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) before the stipulated deadline of 26th July 2020.

Addressing reporters in Juba yesterday, Edmund Yakani, the Executive Director for Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) described it as “a good step for genuine implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.”

He urged IGAD to strengthen its technical roles in Juba to support the parties to the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

However, Yakani criticized IGAD for its silence over the violation of the 35 percent appointment.

“The parties violated article 1.4.4 on women political participation and we have not witnessed strong pressure from IGAD although we are aware that the primary responsibility is at the hands of the parties,” he said.

Yakani said the regional bloc should have reacted on the appointment after the 35 percent women representation and inclusion of young persons had been violated.

He added that the reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly into Revitalized Transitional National Legislative Assembly could be an essential step in the spirit of genuine implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

“Without reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly, the implementation of Revitalized Peace Agreement would be totally under challenge. The expectations for both institutional and policy reforms proposed in the agreement would not be realized without credible and assertive functional National Legislative Assembly,” Yakani explained.

The activist said it was time for South Sudan’s parties to the Revitalized Peace Agreement to demonstrate clearly their primary responsibility for peace and stability in the country.

“The tactics of dragging feet in the genuine implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement has shown us sense of lack of primary responsibility to exercise the tasks agreed upon by the parties,” Yakani said.

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