Machar demands political space for matters of common interests

By Bida Elly David

Germany Ambassador to South Sudan has methodically called on the government of South Sudan to speedily include the civil society organizations (CSOs), women and youth in the constitution making process as well as reiterated need to speed up the implementation of the agreement.

This development came during a meeting between Tobias Eichner, the Ambassador of Germany to South Sudan and the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

The meeting discussed a wide range of issues including Constitution-making process, public financial management, completion of security arrangements etc. The meeting also discussed the Roadmap signed by the parties that are signatories to the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

In a statement extended to No.1Citizen Daily Newspaper yesterday, the First Vice President, briefed the German ambassador on the status of the peace agreement and the Roadmap saying it has given the parties a new energy for implementing the remaining tasks of the R-ARCSS.

The First Vice President also stressed the need for Political space to be availed in order to allow the parties to carry out their political activities freely and to offer an enabling environment for the parties to debate on matters of common interests.

Dr. Machar confirmed to the German Ambassador that the civil society organizations and other stakeholders had participated in the final draft of the Constitution-making process and will participate in any latest move that will be carried by the parties to the agreement.

He further underscored that the final draft of constitution was done in participation of civil society organizations.

Dr. Machar stressed that political space must be availed so that parties can debate on matters of common interests.

“The German ambassador is calling on the revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) to accelerate the implementation of the agreement. The ambassador has called for inclusivity of civil society organizations (CSOs), women and youth to participate in the constitution making process for a civic space.

Ambassador Eichner noted that they discussed the need for capacity building for members of the National Legislature as well as political parties’ members who desire to serve as members of parliament in the future.

The duos have agreed to strengthen bilateral ties between the federal Republic of Germany and South Sudan and discussed ways through which other segments such as the cultural and political areas could be strengthened to enable both countries to interact freely without challenges.

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