R-JMEC observes gaps in the pace of implementation

Interim Chairperson of the R-JMEC, Maj Gen Charles Tai Gituai briefs participants at a one-day Seminary conducted in Juba /Photo: JMEC

Speaking at a one-day Seminary in Juba, the Interim Chairperson of the R-JMEC, Maj Gen Charles Tai Gituai, has noted that there has been a significant decline in the pace of implementation of the agreement.

“RJMEC decided to conduct this one-day seminar, following our assessment and evaluation, from the beginning of the Transitional Period and up to now, we have observed that there has been a significant decline in the pace of implementation of the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements (PCTSA) as envisaged in Chapter Two of the Agreement.

“This being a critical Chapter in the overall success of the implementation of the Peace process, raises concerns, as its failure would no doubt threat the security situation in the country and undermine the nation’s hope for enduring peace in South Sudan.”

The peace monitoring body confirmed that the training of the United Forces had stopped and reports of soldiers abandoning their cantonment bases in search of food and other necessities.

“RJMEC, as monitors and evaluators of the peace process, we have clearly seen that the training of the National Unified Forces has stalled.

“As we witnessed for ourselves on Saturday 23 January 2021 at both Maridi and Rajaf training centres when RJMEC conducted a joint field visit with the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan and the head of the African Union Mission in South Sudan, the IGAD Ambassadors and C5 African Ambassadors, and also including other areas that RJMEC have visited in different occasions like Mapel and others.”

“Next month marks one year of the formation of RTGoNU, other chapters have progressed, however slowly, but chapter two seems to be the slowest yet as military we should have led the way with others to follow as our mantra! This year, in July, marks ten years of independence, it is our hope that a strong push from all of us here and South Sudan’s political leaders will go a long way to ensuring that 11 July 2021, will see a celebration of progress in the implementation of the peace agreement.”

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