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Shifting political allegiance deeply worry Army Chief

By John Agok

The Chief of staff Johnson Juma Okot (JJO) yesterday expressed his deepest concern over the shifting of allegiance among different parties to the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

He mentioned that this movement attributes to the delay in the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

“Shifting of allegiance among different parties to the Revitalized Peace Agreement is attributable to delay in implementation of the peace process and recurrent insecurity in some parts of the country,” he stated.

Gen. JJ Okot, member of Joint Defense Board (JDB) said this statement in his opening remarks during a one-day seminar focusing on Chapter two of R-ARCSS at Crown Hotel in Juba organized by R-JMEC.

Okot called upon parties to the Agreement to talk to some of their forces to desist from shifting allegiances and not to allow them to send these forces to training camps.

The Chief of Staff read out a brief summary on progress made and pending challenges in the implementation of Security Arrangement under Chapter Two Agreement.

“We are now sending the very forces to the training camps before being graduated as unified forces that will protect and defend the country as the National Army,” he stated.

The seminar also focused on the concerns of the Permanent Ceasefire on Transitional Security Arrangement (PCTSA) which is supervised and coordinated by National Transitional Committee (NTC) as the executive body tasked to coordinate the functioning of Security Mechanism and ensure the possible graduation of Unified forces.

Gen. Okot on behalf of JDB revealed that the biggest challenge they are facing is lack of resources that paralyze the PCTSA and other security arrangements.

“Lack of funding PCTSA undermines the security situation in the country, including the immediate graduation of Unified forces whose training in various camps has now stalled. Also, there are reports of mismanagement of services provided to training camps which is really another paralyzing factor in the security sector,” said Okot.

Okot also called on the general security situation a normal one except other skirmishes reported in nine locations of alliance parties to R-ARCSS in the country.

“The security situation especially in Juba remains normal with a few challenges and JDB observed constant violation of PCTSA in some areas that have some instability in areas includes Melut, Bakita of Upper Nile, Wau, Kajo-Keji, Moroto, Kendila among other local areas with no significant bearing but some are series with efforts that can derail the peace process,” Gen. Okot concluded.

However, the Defense Minister Angelina Teny on behalf of NTC urges the executive body of NTC to release the resources for Transitional Security Arrangement (TSA) to be able to expedite the implementation of the arrangement and especially in funding the possible graduation of the Unified Forces in the country.

“Focusing always on progressive report regarding PCTSA is not enough, we need to lower our bar and implement the Chapter two Agreement of R-ARCSS,” said Angelina.

Angelina also emphasized on sorting out differences that remain to be the “fear of hitches” in the face of R-ARCSS implementation.

“We need to quadruple our efforts to remove hindrances and save Transitional Security Arrangement (TSA). The implementation of TSA would have finished in May 2019 and up to now, there is no progress due to such obstacles. If we fail to implement this TSA, then there will be no agreement and if there is no agreement, chaos and insecurity as well continue,” Teny concluded.  

Chapter Two is the responsibility of NTC, JDB, JTSC, JMCC and SDSR Board according to R-ARCSS signed on 12 September 2018 by all warring parties, CSO, academia, business community, women groups and eminent personalities including IGAD, the African Union,  China, the Troika, UNMISS, the IGAD Partners Forum, and the EU.

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