RJMEC fact-checking of Revitalize Peace Agreement

RJMEC Interim Chairperson Maj.Gen. Charles Tai Gituai, during Plenary meeting in Juba

Revitalize Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission has slapped the government and opposition parties to slow the peace deal.  Peace monitors were so disappointed in the slow implementation process. They said a little progress had been made in the Agreement. 

But key outstanding issues include reconstitution of Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TLNA) and deployments of Necessary Unified Force are not yet achieved.

“TNLA reconstitution process further delay because all parties have not yet submitted the list of their nominees to the National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC) to enable its reconstitution to proceed.” 

The report outlines most of the outstanding issues involving humanitarian affairs, economic, reforms and transitional justice issues that remained largely untouched by the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU).

The dawdling implementation of the deal was seen inserted inappropriate spirit that provides a loophole to unlawful “communal violence that threatens the fragile security environment and derails any possible improvements to won peace.

“The parties to the Agreement were acknowledged for ending the political deadlock over Lt Gen. Johnson Olony’s candidature for the gubernatorial position for Upper Nile state, which almost kept the country hostage for a number of months”. 

The appointment of state governors, ministers, and county commissioners was accredited as an excellent step to move the Agreement forward. The previous States Governor’s appointment delay has caused enormous reactions among the citizens due to the rampant increase of criminals’ activities imposing insecurity threats.

RJMEC reported gender representation in the political appointment not reached people’s expectation. It said the gender disaggregation of the executive appointments for the Governors and their Deputies shows that ninety percent of the appointed Governors are male, whereas and ten percent is female.

Male government officials also dominated Deputy Governors with seventy percent, and female was only three percent.

Peace Monitor has seen the Permanent Ceasefire continued respected despite the volatile security situation in the Maban area, Upper Nile State, due to attacks on SPLA-IO Liang Cantonment Site in January by former SPLA-IO forces who defected to the SSPDF.

“Such an attack on the SPLA-IO outpost was said the first direct SSPDF offensive operation on the SPLA-IO since the signing of the Agreement even though the SPLA-IO prevented escalation by withdrawing from their position before the attack.

SSPDF Chief of Defence Staff Lt. Gen Johnson Juma’s intervention in armed violence in Upper Nile prevents a potential attack on Akoka by armed Nuer youth, and also de-escalated tension between SSPDF and SPLA-IO forces around Nassir following the SSPDF attack on villages, as well as on an SPLA-IO outpost.”

The level of humanitarian needs in South Sudan continued to rise due to multiple violence and insecurity in Central and Western Equatoria, Upper Nile, Jonglei and Warrap states, and in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area.

Widespread subnational violence, COVID-19 related restrictions, currency depreciation, and economic challenges contributed to a rise in acute food insecurity.

The peace monitoring commission has urged the parties to the Agreement to implement the accord in letter and spirit to pave the way for democratic general election after the Transitional Government of National Unity’s end.

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