Upcoming JMEC Meeting Aimed to Rule Out Creation Of 28 States
Jan 02, 2016 (Nyamilepedia) —- Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission led by former Botswana president Festus Gontebanye Mogae will convene a meeting on 6th of this month in the matters of the South Sudan peace Agreement Implementation Process signed in August by the warrying factions, a reliable source who spoke to Nyamilepedia Correspondent on Saturday revealed.
“JMEC is meeting on 6th Jan, Ministerial composition and Constitution should be ready by 4th January 2016; the issue of newly created 28 states is not part of the Arrangement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS), 28 states will not be part of the implementation modularity from 6th Jan 2016,” Peter Kleto, member of armed opposition appointed as Deputy Ambassador to Republic of Tanzania told Nyamilepedia.
Since the arrival of SPLM-IO Advance Team led by Chief Negotiator Gen Taban Deng Gai, there have been several meetings on the reforms.
The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission didn’t accept the proposed 28 states and they will bring down the peace if they are to be implemented, ARCISS was based on what was agreed upon by the Parties to the conflict based on 10 States in August last year.
“ARCISS was very clear, Oder of 28 states was designed by GRSS to kill the peace, and nobody likes the implementation of 28 states with exception of those who created them. Peace will be implemented without 28 tribal states because the Agreement was reached based on the original 10 states,” a senior government official who asked her name not to be mentioned due to fear of her life explained when contacted by Nyamilepedia.
Several sources also disputed and trashed the logic behind creation of 28 states whereas some believed that the GRSS is pushing for 28 states to be incorporated in to the Agreement.
However, president of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit on Friday morning sent a message of peace to people of South Sudan. In his message he declared general amnesty to all those who took up arms against the state, officially welcomed the SPLM/SPLA-IO Advance Team to the National Capital Juba, appreciated the commitment and the dedication of the SPLM-IO to the Peace Agreement and its implementation.
“There is no government and opposition. We are all one people,” President Salva Kiir Mayardit said as he addressed the nation.
This change of attitude by president seems to be in line with International Pressure on both the SPLM-IO and the government. This is the first time for the South Sudan president to openly express his will on peace.
“Consultation is goings-on as to what ministerial portfolio each side will carry and who the ministers are; that does not necessarily mean if you are a chairman or a deputy of a committee you will automatically become one,” explained Ambassador Kleto.
South Sudanese across the globe continue to ask their leaders to quickly implement peace agreement so that the youngest nation torn by war can be quickly rebuilt.
The report is compiled by Elbow Chuol, Nyamilepedia Correspondent in South Sudan and Ethiopia and can be reached by firstname.lastname@example.org.