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POSTPONED, Kiir, Machar Kampala meeting for tomorrow

By Nema Juma

The consultation meeting between President Salva Kiir, Dr. Riek Machar and President Yoweri Museveni has been cancelled.  

The meeting that was supposed to take place yesterday 5th November in Uganda capital Kampala has been pushed for Thursday 7th November2019.

The reason behind the postponement was not clear.  However, the consultation meeting came based on countdown of the next government that will be formed on the 12th November.

Speaking to Juba Monitor, SPLM/A-IO Director for Information and Public Relation, Puok Both Baluang said that the meeting was expected to be attended by His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of South Sudan, 1st L.t General Abdel Fattah Al Burhan, President of Sudanese Sovereign Council, Dr. Riek Machar, the Opposition leader and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda but it was pushed to 7th Nov on Thursday this week.

On Friday 8th Nov.2019, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development has invited all the political leaders signatory to the Revitalized Peace Agreement for urgent consultation meeting as the Revitalized Government of National Unity is going to be formed on the 12th of this month.

However, the Executive Director of CEPO Mr. Edmund Yakani called on South Sudan leaders to take the primary responsibility to make peace happen in the country, adding that their compromises are key to peace and stability in South Sudan.

“Compliance with the 12th November 2019 should embrace formation of inclusive government of national unity; in the case of non-compliance then reaching a decision through political consensus is essential. Any extension of the pre-transitional period should not exceed three months and it should have clear plan and allocation of funds,” Mr. Yakani stated.

He further stressed that this time there is need for South Sudan leaders to adopt concrete strategy for proper use of the peace funds.

“Spending 3.7 million dollars out of the 100 million on hotel accommodation, transport and office supplies is abnormal usage of funds and disturbing information, the majority of the political elites have houses in Juba that can accommodate them plus their bodyguards,” Yakani said.

He added that this spending clearly demonstrates a lack of sense for taking primary responsibility for implementing the peace deal and there is no logic to tell the world that South Sudan lacks funds for the peace agreement implementation if we were able to spend $3.7 million on accommodation, transport, and office supplies.

“The pending security arrangements require less funds than that to be completed and this shows how South Sudan’s political elites have a vested interest in power and mismanaging public funds,” Yakani said.

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