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S. Sudan cabinet approves formation of peace implementation body

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September 5, 2015 (JUBA) -The cabinet in South Sudan passed on Friday two administrative decisions, endorsing the formation of a high level committee to oversee implementation of the peace deal recently signed to end months of conflict in the nation.

South Sudan cabinet in session September 1, 2012 (file/photo ST)

Also unanimously approved was a resolution applauding President Salva Kiir’s decision to sign the compromise peace agreement with the armed opposition faction led by his former deputy-turned rebel leader, Riek Machar, despite raising serious reservations.

The same peace agreement was also signed by Pagan Amum, South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) secretary general, who represented the country’s former political detainees.

Analysts say Kiir was intending to reject the deal after allegedly coming under pressure from some government officials who felt some provisions in the accord interfered with the country’s sovereignty, but rescinded his decision following threats of sanctions.

South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth told reporters that the cabinet had resolved to endorse an earlier resolution of the council of ministers chaired by the incumbent vice president, applauding the decision of the president to sign the deal and agreed to form a high level committee to oversee the implementation of the deal.

“The council has resolved that the president should appoint a high level committee to oversee the implementation of the agreement on the resolution of the conflict in the republic of South Sudan. The members said that the mistakes of the CPA (Comprehensive Peace Agreement) should not be repeated in this agreement. The CPA did not have a committee tasked to oversee the implementation", he said on Friday.

Lueth, also the government spokesperson, urged the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to facilitate the implementation of the deal, claiming the regional bloc had placed itself at the centre of the decision making process and implementation.

“IGAD should not drag their feet. They should come out and facilitate the implementation of this agreement because it has been designed in such a way that it places the IGAD at the centre of decision making process and in the implementation of the agreement itself unlike the CPA which gave the parties a complete responsibility to implement the agreement by themselves”, the minister told the state-owned SSTV.

Analysts view the call on IGAD to facilitate the implementation of the peace accord to mean government’s lack of financial resources to handle it, given the fact that it ahas been unable to secure loans to close a persistent monthly budget deficit of $200m.

(ST)

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  • 7 September 2015 08:57, by Eastern

    The Juba government is broke to the core! The only way around is for ceasefire to hold and the oil fields secured for improved export of the crude to generate the much needed money for the facilitation of the implementation process. The international community must not be shudled with expenses arising out actions not of their making.

    • 7 September 2015 15:09, by Redeemer

      Eastern
      You have proved it beyond doubt that nothing goes right with you ( Nuer ) Look Riek came back in 2002 alone to the SPLM/SPLA movement he work for its downfall and the same history is going to happen again, he is coming to shade his crocodile tears for the 2nd time in Jongolei. What a shameless leader!!!.

      • 7 September 2015 17:37, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        Mr Redeemer,

        It is not about Riek Machar. It is about reforms in all aspects of life, that is to say economic, social and political change must come into effect. So is a change for the betterment of the country.

        • 7 September 2015 20:23, by John Costa

          I agree with you:economic reform and social reform are crucial. The only problem with that is you can not have the latter without the political reform since there are no conducive environment to implement economic and social change without having a political settlement. Everyone is busy trying to rid of another. Is like placing a cart in front of a horse... You see that...Complicated

      • 7 September 2015 20:32, by Eastern

        Redeemer,

        Where has it occurred to you that I am nuer. That aside, the reforms demanded by Dr Riek Macher are not for the benefits of Nuers only. Get this facts in your thick head. Changes are coming; there is gonna be a major paradigm shift in the way government business is conducted.



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