April 30, 2020 (Thessherald)–A Kampala-based University and College Students’ Union has issued a statement urging the Parties to expedite the appointment of state governors and form the Revitalized National Transitional Legislative Assembly in a timely manner.
“In line with the 2018 Peace Agreement signed in Khartoum and Ethiopia respectively, there is an urgent need to speed up the implementation of the R-ARCSS in letter and spirit, and proper Security Arrangements in the current fragile state of South Sudan in order to restore confidence among the population,” said Gatluah Yielyam, Chairman of Chairperson of Phow Universities and Colleges Students’ Union in Uganda.
“I appeal to all signatories to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) to break the ongoing deadlock and form the states’ governments and the R-TNLA so that a new chapter is opened and the country embark on development,” he said.
“South Sudan is mired in an indescribable situation in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic – the local population needs serious sensitization on the danger of this new virus, but how will it happen if there are no states’ leaders in the country and representatives of the constituencies in Parliament?,” he questioned.
“Given the ongoing spread of the pandemic on an unprecedented scale worldwide and its negative economic impacts on the global economy and especially recessions, I have been following daily updates from the South Sudan Task Force on COVID-19, which is leading the fight against the virus, but no free distribution of food to vulnerable people ever been mentioned, then how would they possibly survive during this lockdown?.”
On Wednesday, South Sudan registered the biggest single-day spike in the COVID-19 cases, raising the number of confirmed cases to 35.