Sept 30, 2020 (Thessherald)–The SPLM/A-IO’s former senior commander, Maj. Gen. Moses Lokujo, has been ordered to report himself in Juba two days after his forces – combined with the SSPDF – clashed with SPLA-IO forces in Kajo-Keji, Central Equatoria.
This comes after the Joint Defense Board, a joint military mechanism charged with command and control of the warring forces, held an emergency meeting on the ongoing military confrontations in the Equatoria region.
Addressing the media on Tuesday, the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Johson Juma Okot called on all organised forces in the Equatoria region to desist from escalating violence and abide by the Permanent Ceasefire.
Earlier this week, there was a series of clashes between the belligerent forces, resulting in the displacement of the civilian population in the area.
However, since the signing of the Peace Agreement in September 2018, the Cessation of Hostility Agreement signed by the main signatories has been strictly adhered to – indicating their sincere commitment to the peace agreement.
Implementation of outstanding issues
Currently, despite major achievements and progress made in the implementation of the peace deal, a number of provisions remain unimplemented, casting doubts on the commitment of the Parties.
Some of the pending Tasks include:
1) Nomination and formation of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNL) and their positions at the State and Local levels.
2) Security Arrangements: South Sudan’s Parties are required to canton, train and unify the Necessary Unified forces (NUFs) before they can be deployed in various parts of the country. However, this Task has remained unmet over lack of funding from the international community and peace mediators.