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SECURITY, Monitoring body says situation stable

BY Nema Juma

The Interim Chairperson of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission RJMEC Lt. Gen Augostino S.K. Njoroge said the security situation in the country has improved.

He said the country was stabled despite tensions associated with inter-communal clashes.

Speaking at a meeting yesterday at Palm Africa Hotel, Lt Gen. Njoroge said he was concerned about the recent clashes reported in Yei River State.

He said the fighting was between the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces and forces allied to National Salvation Front (NAS) of General Cirilo.

However, he said CTSAMVM was doing investigating on the conflict.

Lt Gen. Njoroge urged to the Security Mechanism to start the cantonment exercise immediate as directed by the Joint Defense Board (JDB).

“I look forward to receiving an update on the movement of forces to the sites and I also request the Chairperson of CTSAMVM to verify whether the initial supplies of food have reached the designated site,” he said.

The Interim Chairperson of RJMEC said IGAD was consulting on the next course action, saying some people have expressed concerns on the delay to communicate the outcome of the IBC to the parties.

“In this regard I reiterate my appeal to all partners and friends who have made pledges to expedite their assistance, the time is fast running out and a lot still remain to be done,” Njoroge stressed.

The Deputy Special Representative of Secretary General Representative Mr.  Moustaph Sourmare, said RJMEC has demonstrated commitment to monitor and oversee the implementation of the peace agreement.

He said the humanitarian access has generally improved though they were some still some challenges.

“Both national and international organizations working in South Sudan have reached 4million people so far this year,” Sourmare said.

He added that on 17th July, World Health Organization Director General declared Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as an international emergency of international concern under international.

“The risk of Ebola spreading to South Sudan   is high as such response effort, let the minister of health and WHO consolidate on its prevention,” he said.

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