JMEC delays establishment of the hybrid court- Elia
Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro addresses journalists at the State House together the visiting AU Peace and Security Council team (Photo by Morris Dogga):
By Morris Dogga
The delay in the incorporation of the agreement has hindered the establishment of the hybrid court, the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro said on Wednesday.
According to the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) signed in August 2015, a hybrid court was to be set up to try those who had committed war crimes during the conflicts.
Cabinet Affairs Minister, Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro told journalists on Wednesday at State House that the agreement had to first be incorporated into the constitution so that the articles could be quoted clearly when writing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of the hybrid court.
“It has delayed. First of all the National Constitutional Amendment Committee took over one year to be constituted. And then there is a process of reviewing it. JMEC delayed and up to today it has not done its part because it suspended itself for reasons we do not know,” Dr. Elia said.
He said the cabinet had already taken the agreement to the Transitional Parliament though there were other issues that needed to be discussed with the African Union (AU).
“We are not shying away from transitional justice or accountability but it must be done in such a way that the country is not destabilized further by introducing an element of the agreement that could be contradictory to aspirations for peace,” he lamented.
“So we want to be very clear that we are not shying away from our commitment to the agreement. We do not fear the establishment of the hybrid court but it must be logical. It must be sequential and must maintain stability in the country,” Elia added.
On his part, the head of AU Peace and Security Council delegation to Juba Bankole Adeoye stated that after raising the issue of the hybrid court to President Salva Kiir, it was clear that the government was ready to fast track the establishment of the hybrid court.
“We have listened to the government and the government has reassured us of their commitment to the hybrid court. It is just a question of timing and sequence,” Adeoye said.
He added that there were issues that the AU will discuss with the government.
On Wednesday, the team met President Kiir and ministers. They also met with other stakeholders.