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CTSAMVM downs tools over unpaid allowances

CTSAMVM downs tools over unpaid allowances
CTSAMVM representatives pose for a picture at an airstrip in South Sudan | Credit | Courtesy

The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements, Monitoring, and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) has gone on strike over unpaid 10-month allowances.

“With regards to CTSAMVM, it is disappointing that its Monitoring and Verification Teams are unable to operate as per their mandate due to the non-payment of 10 months’ allowances of the National Monitors, which has led to their boycott,” said Maj Gen (rtd) Charles Tai Gituai, chairperson of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission on Thursday.

CTSAMVM is the peace monitoring body that monitors and report on compliance and violations of the permanent ceasefire and the transitional security arrangements.

Gituai said RTGoNU should ensure that the members of the mechanism are paid their cash – citing that the body’s strike will be a setback in the implementation of the peace agreement as it plays important role in building confidence and trust among the parties to the agreement.

“I, therefore, appeal to the RTGoNU to immediately provide funds for the payment of CTSAMVM’s National Monitors, and the national members of all the Agreement mechanisms,” Gituai stated.

“I am informed that the members of the other security mechanisms – the NCAC and the JRC – have also not been facilitated.”

Judicial Reform Committee (JRC) is mandated to study and make recommendations on judicial reforms; meanwhile, National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC) is tasked with reviewing and amending all the relevant laws to conform with the peace agreement and international practices.

Stephen Par Kuol, minister of Peace building and secretary of the National Transitional Committee , also said his members (NTC) have since been kicked out of their office at the South Sudan Hotel due to accumulated unpaid rent bill.

“The NTC has not been able to pay incentives and operating costs for security mechanism members for more than three years,” Par added.