By Deng Machol
Juba – South Sudan has returned to Juba after successful ending his first phase of the peace tour in the Bahr el Ghazal region.
The peace tour began in Terekeka State, two week ago, and ended in Raja town, Lol State.
The peace tour was aimed at disseminating the signed six months old revitalized peace deal.
President Kiir and key opposition groups, including Riek Machar signed the revitalized peace agreement, promising to end the five – years conflict, which killed nearly 400,000 people and displaced 4.5 million people from their homes.
The peace tour saw president covering a total of 11 states, preach the message of peace and to enlighten the populace of the details of the peace deal.
The towns which president Kiir addressed the people, including Wau, Nyamlel, Aweil Center, Akon, Wanjok, Wunrock, Mayen Abun, Gok, Gogrial, Cueibet, Tonj, Rumbek and Yirol town respectively.
President Kiir’s peace tour to his motherland has received a lot of criticism from the country’s observers and analysts, stressing that president would have started his peace tour in the mostly conflict – affected region, like Upper Nile.
Whereas crisscrossing the region, president Kiir addressed thousands of civilians in every town he visited, urging them to support the new peace deal and open a new heart for forgiveness and to accept back those who rebelled against the government.
In his key speech notes, president Kiir urged the people to embrace peace and for everyone to return to their normal livelihoods as the war is now over.
President Kiir, who toured the region through road, unveiled that development should be the sole focus for the planned interim government.
However, the office of the president said president Kiir returned to Juba to continue with other eminent things, particularly peace progress.
The sixth months old peace is recurring challenges that needs all the parties to the peace to surrender their commitments, as the security arrangements is yet to be completed and time is fast running out, while several targets have been missed due to lack of funds. The reconstituted pre-transitional government is expected to be form in May this year, but the officials say the deadline is due to be extended.
The office of the president is yet to disclose when president Kiir will tour Upper Nile and Equatoria regions respectively.