RJMEC calls on gov’t to release remaining fund

By: Kitab A Unango

The Revitalized Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC) has again called on the government to immediately release the remaining pledged money for the completion of security tasks in time.

Eight days have elapsed out of the 100 extended days meant for implementing security arrangement provisions including cantonment, registration and redeployment of unified forces ahead of the next coalition government.

Earlier, opposition leaders Dr. Riek Machar of SPLM-IO and Dr. Lam Akol of National Democratic Movement said the Revitalized Government of National Unity cannot be formed without unification of army.

Speaking during the closing of a two day security mechanism workshop in Juba on Tuesday, Ambassador Lt. Gen. Augostino Njoroge, R-JMEC Interim Chairperson said fund was needed because time was running out.

“I once again reiterate the importance of funding for the tasks identified by the Mechanisms. I continue to urge the Government to release the necessary funding so that the plans deliberated on at this workshop can be put into action without any delay,” Njoroge said.

“The clock is ticking, and your work and commitment to the people of South Sudan is clear and much needed. Again I said yesterday (Monday), one day without funding is one day wasted, and surely the release of funds is a strong indicator of political will,” he said.

However, on Tuesday this week, Tut Galuak, Chairperson of the National Pre-transitional Committee said the government has remitted $ 40 million into its account.

The workshop was aimed at agreeing on a roadmap with clear timelines for the implementation of the Transitional Security Arrangements within the one hundred (100) days extension of the Pre-Transitional period.

Njoroge called on parties to remain committed to ensuring that outstanding tasks are achieved so that the next government will be formed as scheduled.

 “All of us know that time is against us, and this should keep us focused on achieving the tasks that have unfortunately held up the formation of the RTGoNU on a solid foundation.”

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