Ambassador Augustino Njoroge

South Sudan gov’t peace ownership key to success – RJMEC says

By Deng Machol

Ambassador Augustino Njoroge
Ambassador Augustino Njoroge

Juba – the Reconstituted JMEC – body mandated to monitoring peace in South Sudan has urged the government to own up the implementation of the revitalized peace deal.

The RJMEC, interim chaired Ambassador Augustino Njoroge made the remarks on Tuesday in Juba during an extra-ordinary RJMEC meeting.

The meeting is focusing on the ‘serious financial constraints, security arrangements and other challenges impacting on the smooth implementation of the tasks and activities of the various agreement institutions and mechanisms, to discuss practical ways forward.

However, the National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC), which comprises of those who negotiated the accord, as well as opposition groups, has lately been complaining about lack of funds to implement its activities.

This prompted development partners, notably the government of Japan, to offer the NPTC one million US dollars.

Last week, the government says it will started tax civil servants for four months’ time, in attempt to secure a money for the implementation of peace accord.

“We at R-JMEC have long been clear on funding. Our position is that the NPTC and the incumbent government should take the lead in mobilizing all requisite resources for implementation, establish effective mechanisms for disbursing funds and support the other mechanisms of the agreement to carry out their tasks,” Amb. Njoroge said. “In this regards, RJMEC continues in its appeal to the partners and friends of South Sudan to support the implementation of the agreement.”

He further said the implementation of the peace deal is owned by the people and government of South Sudan.

“However, the more implementation of the peace agreement is owned by the people and government of South Sudan, the greater the chances of its success,” Njoroge said.

Meanwhile, the analyst said if the government is for peace, then they should put out money to implement the peace deal, adding that this peace is for South Sudanese people and that means oil’s money should be aid for peace process.

The NPTC and the joint defence board will provide a detailed information on how they are going to execute their mandate as stipulated in the agreement, including budget for the pre-transitional period and strategy and plans for cantonment, training and unification of forces.

“I have been equally clear about security arrangements. Ensuring that all the security institutions and mechanisms function in harmony is of critical importance, not least because of the imminent need to unify the forces,” he added.

President Kiir and key oppositions, on top Dr. Machar signed the revitalized peace deal in September 12, 2018 in Ethiopia, second attempted to end the five – years conflict which has killed nearly 400,000 people and displaced 4 million people from their homes.

UN official appeals to South Sudanese leaders to implement peace deal, restore people’s dignity

By Deng Machol

Juba – A UN official has appealed to the South Sudanese leaders to implement peace deal and restore dignity of the civil war-affected people by implementing the September 2018 revitalized peace deal.

A five – years conflict that broke out in 2013 has caused a farfetched suffering in South Sudan, which often described as an unimaginable scale and getting worse by the UN agencies.

This suffering was triggered by the fierce conflict that is rooted in power struggles among the SPLM, ruling party’s liberators or elites.

Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa, UNDP regional bureau for Africa director, who spoke during the launch of an emergency call center or ECC in Wau town on Saturday, said the leaders of South Sudan have key responsibility to end suffering and restore dignity of the conflict – affected people.

“In Uganda and Ethiopia, I witnessed South Sudanese who were forced to cross the border to these countries. Their conditions did not get better,” said Eziakonwa. “They were received very well by these countries, but as international community…we cannot sustain the humanitarian assistance that is required to ensure their dignity.”

According to the World Food Program (WFP), more than 7 million people are “severely hungry” as a result of a conflict. UN agencies and aid groups also say the situation has been aggravated by the economic crisis, with families unable to afford meals.

In addition, under 2 million people have been forced to flee their homes and are internally displaced within the country; while another 2.5 million have fled to neighboring countries as refugees.

The parties to the conflict have been accusing of using rape as a weapon in the conflict-affected areas, but they often denied.

She further argued that only the implementation of the September 2018 peace accord will stop unimaginable suffering in the world youngest nation.

“If peace is sustained in South Sudan, this country is unstoppable. It will raise to become a world leader,” Ms Eziakonwa said. “And my colleague and I have come here to South Sudan to witness the very bold step that the people of this country have taken to give peace another chance.

“That bold step is not just about powerful people in Juba, it is about the people in Wau, the people in Yei, the people in Yambio and the women and children of this country who have borne the brunt of war. It’s time to stop suffering of our people,” Eziakonwa said.

South Sudan has descended into another civil war in mid – 2013 after two years of her independence from Sudan. The political fighting quickly split into country side, triggered on ethnic lines.

President Kiir and designated first vice president Dr. Machar reached peace deal in 2015 but it failed within months. But this is a second-time, president Kiir and Riek Machar re-signed a peace deal on September 2018, which it lifespan is yet to be determined.

The peace process is taking lower shape due to lack of funding and security arrangement.

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