Peace Monitors described the swearing-in of the MPs as “critical” to ratify some vital legislation, including security and constitutional amendment bills.
The Interim Chairperson of Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, R-JMEC, Gen. Charles Tai Gituai, said there is a need for both houses to become fully functional, as stated in the peace agreement.
“This is important, particularly in the case of the TNLA because it should, upon commencement of its work, immediately ratify some important legislation that has been held up,” he said.
President Salva Kiir reconstituted the National Legislative Assembly and Council of State in May and July, respectively.
He also concerns that the lack of implementation of Transitional Security Arrangements remains a challenge.
“Even though some progress has been made in some areas of implementation of the (Peace) Agreement, a critical concern remains on the security arrangements, which is fundamental to the peace process.”
Gen: Gituai also appealed to the Parties to “urgently resolve the issue of the ratio of the unified forces and the unified command structure of the Necessary Unified Forces.”
The Interim Chairperson further urged the R-TGoNU (Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity), “in the spirit of addressing the country’s insecurity, ” to expedite the unification of forces and the Transitional Security Arrangements and establish the state security committees.
“I urge the R-TGoNU to make financial resources available for the completion of the Transitional Security Arrangements, including graduation and redeployment of unified forces,” he added.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom, expressed concern on emerging insecurity in Tombura, Western Equatoria, and Tonj North, Warrap States affect humanitarian assistance.
He stated that humanitarian’s food stores were looted or destroy in Marial-Lou after fighting between the local youth over cattle raiding in July. Haysom said such acts of criminality must stop, and the hard work of humanitarian actors can’t be taken for granted.
“South Sudan is increasingly becoming one of the most dangerous places to operate for humanitarian workers. This year alone, four humanitarian workers have been killed in the line of duty”.
“These acts of criminality must stop. The support of our donor community and hard work of humanitarian works should not be taken for granted, and those perpetrators should be brought to justice,” Haysom said.
The RJMEC convenes its 18th monthly plenary in Juba on Thursday, 22 July to evaluate the status of the peace implementation.