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Activist reminds parties to focus on Roadmap

By Bida Elly David

South Sudan civil Society activist has warned principals to the revitalized agreement against using the on-going violence in Sudan as ladder to delay implementation of the country’s peace roadmap.

Edmund Yakani, Chairperson of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) told No.1.Citizen Daily Newspaper that the key tasks within the agreement are still hanging as time runs out.

“The principals have got the responsibility since the question is not about money or arms embargo but reconstitution of political will to the Revitalized agreement.” Yakani emphasized.

He noted that delays on the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement risks South Sudan reverting to violence like Sudan.

“If they delay the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement, we may break into violence after Sudan. If we fail to deliver some of the required tasks it’s going to be hard,’’ Yakani stressed.

He said that the tendency of the Country’s leadership giving attention to Sudan’s crisis is one way of undermining the implementation of the R-ARCSS as stated in the Roadmap.

“If we fail to deliver some of the required tasks, the parties to the revitalized peace agreement will not be happy,’’ Yakani stressed.

He cited re-deployment of the security forces which is determined by the high command council as still hanging as the country battles the second range of the command council.

“Reconstitution of the political transitional institutions, constitutional review commission, the political party, the commission for truth healing and reconciliation are not functional” Yakani explained.

The noted the institutions as being very essential and supposed to be ready by the end of June.

The activist has called on the peace parties to specifically put much attention towards implementation of the peace Roadmap to pave away for the Country’s general elections.

The roadmap ends in 2 years period but a lot of tasks that could see credible elections at the end of the transition period remain pending.

The tasks include setting up of institutions and mechanisms necessary to hold free, fair and transparent elections in December 2024, two months before the transition period elapses.

Among the pending provisions are;  Chapter 5 of the Revitalized Agreement that calls for the establishment of the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing (CTRH), a Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS), and a Compensation and Reparation Authority (CRA).

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