Angelina’s dismissal shatters hope for deal implementation – analyst

The dismissal of Angelina Teny brings about lack of hope for the implementation of the roadmap, a professor has said.

On March 3, President Salva Kiir issued a republic decree, relieving the minister of defense and veteran affairs, Angelina Teny, and Interior Minister Mahmoud Solomon.

This triggered political tension between the main signatories to the revitalized peace agreement, putting a peace deal in a new dilemma, just a few days after the commencement of the 24-month roadmap period.

‘This decree…will affect the implementation of the roadmap, it has dimmed hope among political leaders, citizens, and international bodies,” said Dr. Abraham Kuol Nyuon, associate professor for political science at the University of Juba.

Dr Kuol, who was speaking to The Radio Community in an exclusive, noted that in the next 24 month, there is going to be a problem because the president is going to exercise his powers as the one given authority by the constitution to issue any decree at will.

He says such a move will not be in the spirit of the peace agreement.

Article 1.13.1 of the peace agreement states that “Each party may remove its representatives in the Council of Ministers and nominate replacements by notifying the President with at least fourteen (14) days’ notice.”

Also, the peace accord in Article 1.9.1 states that “The Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity is founded on the premise that there shall be collegial collaboration in decision-making and continuous consultations within the Presidency, between the President, the First Vice President, and the Four Vice Presidents, to ensure effective governance during the Transitional Period.”

Dr Kuol argued that, if the president and his deputies would like the roadmap to work, they should make decisions as leaders of the country.

‘They should forget about the lobby groups that always end up misleading them and for them to overcome all the challenges affecting the implementation,” he added.