Let us put our house in order first
Jame David Kolok, Executive Director of FODAG (File Photo)
By Morris Dogga
A Civil Society organisation has told the South Sudan Government to first concentrate on implementing the recently signed Revitalized agreement rather than engaging in regional issues.
On Monday, Kiir’s Security advisor Tut Gatluak announced that the Government has accepted to mediate talks between the Khartoum regime and the armed groups fighting in the Sudan.
Responding to the move, Jame David Kolok, the executive director of the Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance (FODAG) said it was not the right time for the government to be engaging in regional stability given that the country was still unstable.
“At this stage, we thought South Sudan needed to put more emphasis on putting her house in order. The signing of the peace agreement and the celebration of the agreement on the 31st October does not signify that there is already stability that makes South Sudan confident in a regional policy,” Kolok said.
Kolok said that the fact that Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir played a great role in ensuring that South Sudan peace was signed signifies that the stability in the country had a big consequence in the Sudan and vice versa.
Gatluak said on Monday that the negotiations would not pose any threat to the implementation of the revitalized agreement.
However, Kolok said though it was a good gesture to ensure stability in the Sudan, the government should put much emphasis on the implementation of the peace agreement.
He suggested that if the leaders were able to consolidate the peace and make sure that all the warring parties come together as a government, it will make them very strong in terms of their influence in Sudan.
“So it is important that South Sudan go to solving regional issues when it is a solid country not a fragmented country in terms of political differences,” he cautioned.
“I think South Sudan has been pushed to demonstrate to the world that they are regional players. I think considering that we are less than two months into the peace implementation, to us the civil society, it looks too soon for South Sudan to take up that huge burden of having to engage in a process outside its territory,” he said.
“I thought we are still too early in engaging in other additional responsibility other than concentrating in ensuring that the peace that has been signed actually materializes,” he said.
Kolok specified that the government should have to demonstrate by taking concrete steps in implementing the peace agreement.
He further stated that the current state of the country was not suitable for the leader to start engaging in regional issues citing that the situation in the Sudan cannot be compared to the situation in the South Sudan.
“If there were no more rebellions and the economy is stable that is when South Sudan will now move to solving issues in the region,” he urged.
The parties to the agreement signed the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan on the 12th September 2018.
“There is a lot of home work for the government to do before they actually get into doing the home work in other countries. At the moment, they have got to put their efforts on stabilizing South Sudan 100 percent before they get into engaging in regional stability,” Kolok stated.