JMEC fails to find win-win solution to end stalemate over states’ issue, refers the matter to IGAD

From Right to Left, Vice President Taban Deng Gai, FVP Dr. Riek Machar, President Salva Kiir Mayardit, VP James Wani Igga /Photo: unknown

May 14, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC) has failed to break the ongoing deadlock between the Parties over responsibility-sharing at the states levels and referred the matter to the IGAD Heads of State and Government.

R-TGNU Deadlock on Responsibility
-Sharing at the states’ level.

“Your Excellency, I have the honor to refer to the above subject matter and make further reference to my briefing to the 71st Extraordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers held on 23rd April 2020, and the subsequent Councils decision, which inter alia “expressed concern with responsibility sharing at the State and Local Government levels,” said the JMEC in a letter dated May 9, 2020.

“There appears to have been no consensus within the Presidency on this matter. Moreover, and of further concern is the fact that the OPP, another party to the R-ARCSS not represented in this meeting of the Presidency, did not consent to the decision of the Presidency which would deny them a position of governor in the responsibility sharing at the States level.”

The peace monitors said that the Parties had failed to reach a consensus on the states’ issue and called on IGAD leaders to resolve the matter on a timely manner.

“It is therefore evident that the Parties have failed to resolve the deadlock over the allocation of States, including which party takes which state, and have also rejected the RJMEC Interim Chairperson’s recommendation offered to them on 1t April 2020 pursuant to Article 7.11 of the R-ARCSS and Article 2.1.10 of the RJMEC Terms of Reference 2018 (see annexe E).”

“I hereby, pursuant to Article 7.11 of the R-ARCSS, refer this matter to the IGAD Heads of State and Government, as guarantors to the R-ARCSS to be seized of the matter and to take all necessary measures to overcome this deadlock on the allocation of the Ten (10) States amongst the Parties, including resolution of the issue of which party takes which states, based on Article 1.16.4 of the R-ARCSS.”

The outgoing Interim Chairman of the R-JMEC, Amb. Agostino S.K. Njoroge underscored that there’s is an urgent need to address the issue to ensure continued and smooth implementation of the R-ARCSS in letter, spirit and in accordance with the Agreement timelines.

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