A South Sudanese Civil society activist called on the IGAD to hold violators of the Revitalized peace agreement accountable.
Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) issued a press statement this week after reported SPLA-IO accused their counterparts SSPDF of attacking their position last month in the Moroto area at Kajo-Keji. Six soldiers were reported to have died in the attack.
The South Sudan people defense force has denied any wrongdoing. The clashes were allegedly attributed to the defection of army major general Moses Lokujo from SPLA-IO to SSPDF.
Edmond Yakani is the Executive Director of CEPO uttered an alarm for the slow implementation face of the agreement. He said failure by the parties to the agreement has made people “losing trust and confidence” at the time when the country is transiting from violence to peace.
Yakani further challenged the political culture of dragging their feet in the genuine and timely implementation of the R-ARCSS is uncertain. The political elites are careless about the hardship the country is facing from the on-going violence.
He demanded immediate implementation of security arrangements and full formation for the government of national unity at the national, states, and counties level.
Mr. Edmond blamed IGAD that has powers for being silent and not taking appropriate actions to hold perpetrators accountable.
He reiterated that IGAD ministers and special envoys have absolute obligations to hold offenders of the agreement answerable.
Yakani urged for accountability to be exercised within the presidency by the signatory to held the commanders violating the agreement accountable.
He said president Kiir and his deputies have a huge responsibility to make an agreement genuine deal.
CEPO viewed that the continued violation of the agreement is a worsening sign that will jeopardize the future of the nation.
“If this agreement failed to delivered building a national army in the security sector if this agreement failed to deliver to reform institutional and policy level if this agreement failed to deliver proper population censor if this agreement failed to deliver betterment citizens own constitution we are not going to have stability”.
He said the violation indicators are visible signals which revealed the absence of political wills. Saying these signs are threatening the upcoming election to be free from violence without security sector reform and without a proper permanent constitution.
The parties to the agreement always expressed their commitment to the agreement although the government of national unity is not fully formed.
President Kiir declined to appoint the governor of Upper Nile Johnson Olony whom he believed his appointment will cause some security threats to the State’s residents.