The Vice President of Gender and Youth cluster in the Unity government said Security arrangement, good governance, and institutional reform do not implement yet in the Revitalized Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan -RARCSS. The top government official is citing a lack of honesty from the parties to the peace deal.
Vice President Rebecca Nyadeng De’ Mabior uttered uncertainty in the agreement during the two-day security strategic assessment workshop in Juba on Monday.
Chapter two of the Revitalize Peace Agreement on the Resolution conflict commits the strategic defense and security Board to be comprehensive, inclusive, and transparent.
Nyadeng said citizens have roles in transforming country security. “The commitment that is always reflected in number does not translate into change for South Sudanese people.”
“South Sudanese continue to see a declining commitment to equal participation of everyone. In peace and security despite stipulated in the landmark R-ARCISS. All our citizens have the power to transform security in this country” Nyadeng mentioned .
Inclusivity is an ultimate point vice president enunciated for everyone’s rights in the country. Women, youth, and people with disabilities who are affected by the crisis should be empowered.
The minister of Defense and Veterans’ affairs, Angelina Teny, said inadequate security has to continue affecting South Sudan as the country is experiencing security risks due to inter-communal violence triggered by cattle rustlers.
“The institutions have become so weak, affected by wars, affected by the fact that so far we have not posted a single vision as people, we haven’t come to a consensus as people to have direction so that we can move to strengthen our institutions. These institutions are weak, and this also manifested itself to our security” she stated.
She said forces unification has a delay. But forces shall be graduate and deploy after training the top military commanders in December 2020 with support from Revitalize Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission.
Interior Minister Paul Mayom urged the Defense minister to develop strategic policies that will strengthen country security. He said that the government should bring peace with the holdout group and end the internal issues.
Interim chairperson of R-JMEC Maj. Charles Tai Gituai says the security defense and security review board process outcome should be inclusive and transparent because the result of the review would determine the quality of the permanent security situation in the constitution of South Sudan.
He reiterated women’s perspectives are included in the discussion and the outcome of events.
“As a military officer who has spent years in both strategic defense planning, I know that no strategic policy or plans would succeed without national political wills. And financial resources to support it. National security is all government’s responsibility,” Tai said.
The Deputy head of UNMISS, Guang Chong, urged the participant to embark on constructive dialogue and significant consensus during strategic Defense and security review deliberation.