Minister of Defense Vowed to Graduate Unify Forces in May

The minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs, Hon: Angelina Teny during news briefing in Juba on Friday, 30th April 2021

The minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs, Angelina Teny, has declared the long waiting graduation of Joint security forces to kick off on 31st May. Several reports in dedicated that soldiers are deserting training centers and cantonment sites.

According to the presidency, the implementation of transitional security arrangements delays due to the absence of guns and military uniforms.

Minister admitted enormous hitches deterrent forces graduation. But she assured parties’ commitment to implement a security arrangement on the redeployment plan before the pre-transitional period.

She said failure for the graduation of security forces might negatively impact the future of the agreement, not limited to a single party. 

Minister has outlined that the transitional arrangement is the “back born” of Revitalize Agreement and Reunification of Forces. In contrast, Teny reminding people that an agreement required all forces to be one command under President Salva Kiir Mayardit. 

So here we cannot afford not to graduate these forces, I want to emphasize that. It is an agreement itself, it is the future of this country, and it is what will give us lasting peace in this country.”  

She stated it unified command shall be conducted first before forces graduated from governing the armies. Ministry confessed challenges in implementing transitional arrangements, including internal conflict, political context, economic downturn, corruption, and undemocratic. 

She said forces graduation needs commandment, and they are waiting for the parliament reconstitution to amend security laws.

The defense minister said the Security Council demanded the Unity government to implement the graduation of forces, the reunification of commands, and redeployment of unified forces before considering lifting the armed embargo.

Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) revealed that most cantonment sites are looming collapsing due to logistical support.

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