PEACE, Gov’t injects USD 42M for implementation
By Nema Juma
The government has injected 42 Million US dollars to the National Pre-Transitional Committee [NPTC] for implementation of the Revitalised Peace Agreement.
The National Pre-Transitional Committee earlier requested the government to inject USD 100 Million to meet the requirements of the implementation.
Speaking during the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission’s (RJMEC) plenary Meeting, Deputy Chairman for National Pre-Transitional Committee, (NPTC), Gabriel Changson Chang said last month (September) the government pledged about 9 Million US dollars and some South Sudanese pounds that was equivalent to 42 Million dollars.
“So the total amount of money we received so far from the government is almost 42 Million dollars from the 100 Million that was supposed to be pledged by the government for the implementation of the peace agreement,” Changson said.
The National Pre-Transitional Committee has been having the biggest challenge in the area of funding but the government has shown its commitment by injecting some amount of money.
He said as usual, the total expenditure always goes to security sector that is the Joint Defense Board [JDB].
“We have also signed a memorandum of understanding between Japan, IGAD, and the NPTC on boreholes drilling and this work will be finalized very soon,” Changson said.
He also added that Egypt has also contributed 170 tents and 445 uniforms and Ethiopia gave 99 tents and 33 training uniforms, adding “we have already received some and two more are coming” Changson said.
Mr. Changson added that from Sudan they received food items worth 7530 sacks of dura, 160 sacks of dry Okra, 19 bags of salt and 44 sucks of Egyptian beans, and many other countries like South Africa and others.
He said that the total number of the forces screened from the chart is about 6,995 with greater number from Bahr el Ghazal, upper Nile and greater Equatoria.
“In our last meeting, it was agreed that necessary unified forces would be 8,300 which was scaled out in August this year but now we have more than 6,000 in the cantonment site,” Changson said.
Earlier this year, the government claimed that there was lack of money for the implementation of the agreement prompting the public to appeal to the international community to support the peace process.