Activist pleads AU’s intervention into South Sudan hitches

Edmund Yakani, Executive Director CEPO-File credit eye radio

By Bida Elly David

A Civil Society activist has urged the African Union chairperson to interrogate South Sudanese politicians over jeopardizing situation of the country as well as leave a strong message of transforming the country to a better level.

This came following the arrival of the Chairperson of the African Union who is also the President of the Republic of Senegal.

Speaking to No.1 Citizen Daily Newspaper, Edmund Yakani Executive Director for the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) underscored a need for the African Union (AU) Chair to critically push the leaders to point out key blockages that hindered the progress of the Revitalized peace agreement.

“We are very delighted that the Senegalese President has visited the country as the chairperson of the African Union. My call is that his visit to South Sudan should be an opportunity of African Union to play a bigger role in ensuring that South Sudan politicians transition the country from the on-going violence to peace through the implementation of the revitalized agreement” Yakani said.

“So as the sitting chair of the African Union, I am urging him to have time to talk to our political leaders as the country is at critical situation at the moment. Our politicians are in critical moment of developing the roadmap of finalizing the pending tasks of the revitalized agreement. I hope that African Union (AU) has a big role to play since it is presented by the high level ad-hoc committee which composed of Senegal, Nigeria, Algeria, Chad, Rwanda, as representative of the Union five of them” he added.

Yakani also underscored that the African Union (AU) through the ad-hoc committee which composed of the five countries should find key remedies to back-up the hindering hitches to the peace agreement by extending their support.

“The Ad-hoc committee which composed of the five countries will empower the chairperson of the African Union who is now the President of Senegal, that we can make a break through that our parties have now had a deadlock on the development of the roadmap as SPLM-IO were saying that the road map presented to the President is an SPLM roadmap and SSOA was saying they needed consensus so they were not consulted on the presentation of the roadmap” the activist lamented.

“We are calling on the chairperson of the AU that he should leave a key message before leaving Juba about the expectation of South Sudan from the leaders of the African Union since they stand for African solutions to African problems. We hope that the Stand of the Union to solve African problems will pilot through a case study of political transition of South Sudan” Yakani appealed.

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