FVP, Dr. Machar calls for national powers’ devolution 

South Sudan's First Vice President Dr Riek Machar during SPLMA (IO) National Dialogue Conference in Juba 1st December 2020

The South Sudan first vice president Dr. Riek Machar has called for the devolution of powers and resources at the States and Counties level within the implementation of the Revitalize Peace Agreement. 

The top country leader made these calls during the SPLM/A-IO annual conference conducted on Tuesday 1st December in Juba. The National conference brought members of the party-political bureau, National Liberation Council, and states delegates to evaluates the implementation of R-ARCSS.

Machar said resources should be directed toward services delivering sectors that include education, health, water, and sanitation in his first party annual address. 

He commented on establishing the judiciary reform committee and reconstitution of the national petroleum guess commission. 

SPLM-IO outlined the burden for the country of exercising rampant corruption, depends on oil revenue, high public debts and unlimited foreign exchanges flow which he said continue to affect the economic”.

This week, the National Audit Chamber called for establishing an Economic Crime Court [ECC] in South Sudan to trails those accused of corruption.

Dr. Machar said all loans and contracts grantee against oil should publicly be declared. 

The conference further demanded the implementation of the agreement reconstitution of the transitional legislature, Upper Nile governor appointment, completion of R-TGoNU, drafting a review of the national parliament, implementing chapter five transitional justices, and voluntarily repatriation of IDPs, and permanent constitution reform committee. 

The SPLM/A mission is a response to this national tragedy. It takes it into an opportunity to peacefully address political, social, economic, state and federal building crisis to achieve unity, reconciliation healing, social cohesion and restore dignity for our people”.

Machar explains a need for political wills for the transitional of democracy and national healing and reconciliation. 

“Why SPLM-IO remained steadfast and committed in the implementation agreement in letter and spirit, we expected the same commitment from our peace partners so that we better managed together the challenges in facing the implementation process,”He said.

He says creating conducive environment wills might allow parties to exercise freedom of expression, association, and assembly. 

SPLM-IO secretary-general Regina Joseph said the conference is oriented and enlightened their members on peace implementation status.

“The delegated to this conference are SPLM-IO members who are coming from ten States in South Sudan include Abyei administrative area. These members include nominees were selected in all level in of government within IO,”She stated.

Amb. Mohamed Mansur acknowledged the implementation of the agreement is in the best interest to move South Sudan forward. He said Egypt is having an open door of communication with stakeholders. 

Mansur mentioned his country is remarkably at peace and keeping the bilateral relationship between the two sisterly countries.

“It is within best interest to work with the government of South Sudan. And it is also within the best interest of working in the bilateral of our two countries”.

The SPLM/A-IO National conference is a five days event expected to end on 5th December 2020.

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