Machar, top officials to disseminate peace messages across the country

Chairman of the SPLM-IO, Dr. Riek Machar delivers a speech during a high-level Peace Conference held in Juba |Photo: Office of the FVP

South Sudan’s Presidency held a meeting on Tuesday, and agreed to allow Dr. Machar and other Vice Presidents to disseminate messages of peace and reconciliation across the country.

Statement by the Presidency

His Excellency President Salva Kir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan convened today Tuesday 2/2/2021 a meeting of the Presidency, which was attended by the 1st Vice President and all the four (4) Vice Presidents of the Republic.

After extensive deliberations that lasted for three (3) hours on a broad range of critical and pertinent issues revolving around the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflicts in South Sudan (R- ARCSS), the meeting resolved:

• 1. That completion of the process of the formation of State Governments be expedited, by finalizing the list of nominations and issuance of the requisite Presidential Decrees, in the course of this week, effecting the appointments of:

I. State Advisors
II. State Ministers
III. State Commission Chairpersons and Members
IV. County Commissioners
V. State Legislative Assemblies
VI. County Councils

• 2. That the unification of the top echelons of the Army Command shall be expeditiously carried out to pave the way for the commencement of the process to integrate all forces into a single National Army under one unified command.

• 3. That the graduation of the first batch of the Unified Forces currently in the various Training Centers across the country be conducted without further delay, notwithstanding the lack of equipment essential for their graduation and launch preparations to admit the next batch of trainees to the Training Centers.

• 4. That H.E, the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny, accompanied by some Vice Presidents and Ministers shall undertake a tour of different areas of the country for the purpose of disseminating (R-ARCSS).

This measures is intended among other things, to help address some of the recurrent problems associated with freedom of access to and movement within, areas still under the administrative control of the SPLM (IO) by entrenching the reality that the R-TGONU is a single unified Government having undivided jurisdiction over the entire territory of the Republic of South Sudan.