Peace body worried over delay to form states gov’t

By Kitab A Unango

The delay in formation of the states’ governments since the inception of Transitional Period on February 22nd is unfortunate, according to the peace-monitoring body.

It is more than one month and two weeks since the Transitional Period began on February 22 with  President Kiir announcing his deputies and subsequent formation of cabinets on March 12th.  .

Since then the states governments have not been established because of apparent disagreement between two principal parties despite the fact that the power sharing at the state level had been clearly stated in the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

According to the Agreement, Kiir’s SPLM-IG was supposed to take six states, the SPLM-IO led by Dr. Riek Machar to have three and Opposition Alliance to have one state.

However, Augustino Njoroge, the interim Chairperson of Revitalized Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC) said it was unfortunate that parties have failed to agree on the matter up to date.

“The real concern is about states governments. There has been a delay in forming the state governments and the main issue is on the agreement on number of sharing these ten states among the five parties,” he said

“At the meeting last week which was not concluded and which  R-JMEC was hoping that the parties could have agreed by now on how the sharing would be accomplished,unfortunately H.E the President told me it has not yet been resolved and my concern about the delay is still on,” said Njoroge.

Last week the AU Head of Mission to South Sudan, Ambassador Joram M Biswaro called on parties to urgently appoint governors to enable services delivery and effective combating of pandemic coronavirus at state levels.

Speaking to SSBC after meeting with President Salva Kiir at the state house on Friday, Njoroge however said the President had promised to the appointment of governors soon after resolving the matter.

“But he promised as soon as the parties, the R-TGoNU especially the SPLM-IO have to agree on one of the governance code whether it will go 6:2 (six-two) or 5:3  (five-three) to the main parties,” he added.

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