Lawmaker demands sanctions for conflicting forces

1st Deputy Speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly Nathaniel Pierino Oyet speaking during the opening session of the workshop organized for the lawmakers at Beijing Hotel (Photo: Taban Henry)

By Taban Henry

Members of Revitalized Transitional National Legislative Assembly called for sanctions towards the forces that involved in the recent violence.

The lawmaker made the pronouncement yesterday while attending a one-day workshop in Juba meant to equip the national legislators with the content of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

The 1st Deputy Speaker of the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly, Oyet Nathaniel Pierino said sanctions would have been given to the forces fighting one another.

Oyet said there have been reports, attacks and conflicts on the cantonment areas, these forces should have waited for the security arrangement for them to be reunited with their brothers and sisters from other parties.

“We have numbers of violations and attacks registered both in Equatoria, Upper Nile and Bahr el Ghazal. I call on the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) and CTSAMVM to stand up to avert the ongoing violations,” Oyet said.

Nathaniel further said that the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement was meant to stop the parties from engaging in hostile disposition including fighting battles, propagandas and recruitment of the forces into the party’s signatory to the peace agreement.

“To address the root causes of the conflict either socio-economic or political factors that induce conflict in South Sudan, without addressing the root causes of the conflict the country will risk to have more circular war being political of socio-economic. If it is guns in the hands of our civil citizens, there are DDR in the agreement that could address,” he said. Oyet stressed that the security sector and political reforms are contemplated to address factors that caused conflict. Reforms and transformation of the society by building and improving socio-economic and political system of the state to strive for a better South Sudan full of people with education, health facilities, roads and clean water.     

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