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SPLM-IO roars on snail-pace roadmap, recent populace estimates

By Bida Elly David

Opposition lawmaker has slammed the executive over slow move on the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement extended roadmap.

The first deputy speaker of the national assembly (TNLA), also the deputy chairman of the SPLM-IO party, Nathaniel Oyet was reacting to president Kiir’s address, during opening of the assembly.

He said, the implementation of the accord is very slow and he challenged the role of the National transitional committee towards overseeing implementation of the security arrangement.

“I don’t know why the executive takes pleasure and pride in having people managing this institution when they cannot deliver,” the opposition legislators wondered.

He pointed at the slow pace of the security arrangement, adding that efforts should to be doubled.

Mr. Oyet doubted the Country’s possibility to conduct democratic elections by December 2024, citing the snail pace implementation of the peace roadmap as its lifespan edges closer.

“About the peace agreement, we are moving at a very slow pace. This is not the desired speed of implementation; we have squandered three years of the transitional,” he stressed.

The deputy speaker rubbished the recent estimated population survey by the national bureau of statistics showing one smallest state taking a lead in statistics ahead of Juba.

“Juba, the capital city, presumably houses the largest population” Hon. Oyet pointed, describing the report as unreasonable and unacceptable.

He wondered whether the country has abandoned the agenda of conducting census as nobody talks about it.

Although, Samuel Duak, an SPLM lawmaker from Warrap interjected saying it had deviated away from the center of discussion, Oyet defended saying the census has been included in president speech.

“We cannot talk about the speech of the president or discuss it on general terms. We have to go to the reality if we want to solve the problem of this Country,” he rebutted.

The opposition lawmaker said that some institutions quickly take government resources and have nothing to demonstrate at the end of the day, suggesting the National Transition Committee needs quick reforms.

“If the problem is the institution, then it has to be restructured and if the problem is the people working in this institution, then they should be reshuffled,” he urged.

He noted that the National Transitional Committee should not be left to fail the country, especially on a special matter of peace agreement,

Activists and political analysts in the country have of recent taken to remind the parties on the need to speed up the process of implementation of the roadmap in order to enable conducting elections by 2024.


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