Sept 24, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s Salva Kiir Mayardit, while addressing the United Nations during the virtual 75th meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, calls on the UN Security Council to undertake strong reforms and include other African countries in decision-making on global issues.
Kiir stressed that reform of the United Nations Security Council has long been a popular demand of African member states.
With regard to the implementation of the peace deal in South Sudan, President Kiir noted that significant progress has been achieved – evidenced by the improvement of the security situation, which has also allowed voluntary return of refugees from neighboring countries.
The president’s call elicited mixed reactions from the public and his critics – who challenged him to set his house in order first before advocating for reforms in the UN Security Council.
South Sudan’s government continues to struggle with its own deep-seated problems.
Earlier this week, a detailed report by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights revealed how the country’s leaders have embezzled about $ 36 million at the expense of more than 7. million people estimated to be on the brink of starvation.
The report, released on Wednesday, coincided with the dismissal of the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Salvatore Garang Mabiordit, who has been accused of being responsible for plundering the nation’s public funds.