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Rights Body calls for Mogae’s dismissal

By Morris Dogga

South Sudanese civil society organization based in Uganda, the International Youth for Africa (IYA) has demanded for the removal of the Chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), Festus Mogae.

The group issued a statement requesting the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for the removal of the Chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), Festus Mogae for what it termed “lack of peace implementation.”

The Executive Director of IYA Ter Manyang Gatwech said Mogae should be removed because there is no “progress” in the implementation of the peace agreement that JMEC should oversee.

“I call upon IGAD and International Community to dismiss the JMEC chairman Festus Mogae from his position over the lack of the peace implementation,” he said.

Following the signing of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) in 2015, JMEC was formed by IGAD to monitor and oversee the implementation of the Agreement and the mandate and tasks of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU), including the adherence of the Parties to the agreed timelines and implementation schedule.

JMEC was also mandated to recommend appropriate corrective action to the TGoNU in case of non-implementation of the mandate and tasks of the TGoNU, or other serious deficiencies.

But Gatwech argued that Mogae is “shy from telling the reality of what is taking place in South Sudan to IGAD and the African Union.”

He said there is no implementation of the agreement as there are still millions of South Sudanese who are in camps within the country and others refugees in the neighbouring countries.

Many South Sudanese political leaders including the former First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar had earlier called for Festus Mogae to resign.

Addressing a press conference on the 13th of July, Festus Mogae the chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation commission admitted that the body has “failed to stop the fighting” but said he was not resigning because he believes that something good can still come out of the activity of JMEC.

“No, I am not resigning yet, that is because I am hopeful that something good can come out of the activities of JMEC,” he said.

“We have succeeded in creating some agreement institutions and other governance institutions but we have failed to stop the conflict. We reconstituted the cabinet, we reconstituted the national assembly including the appointment of the speaker,” Mogae told journalists in July.

Mogae said he understands that many people including the former First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar are calling for his resignation and declared the peace agreement dead but defended that what JMEC is doing is without prejudice to their rights.

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