Much effort is required to honor roadmap vows, parties told

The chair of the monitoring body – Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) – says the overall implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan is far behind the roadmap timelines.

Speaking during the 29th RJMEC meeting in Juba on Thursday, Maj.-Gen. (rtd) Charles Tai noted that there was no sense of urgencies thus much effort is needed to hold on the vows made during the commencement of the road by the signatories.

‘‘A lot of work remains to be done if the roadmap timelines are to be adhered to as promised,’’ said Tai.

He urged the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) to consider settling the allowances of the NCAC national members so that discussions on the extension of its mandate to complete its work can move forward.

‘‘In March 2023, the national members of the NCAC began a boycott of their work over nonpayment of their allowances. This boycott remained unresolved at the time its mandate expired on 18th May,’’ Tai stated.

‘‘I request the RTGONU to give direction on how the NCAC can resume and complete its work.”

He also recommended the RTGoNU to undertake the redeployment of Phase I of the necessary unified force and proceed to Phase II, and institute the DDR programs, and expedite the establishment of the special reconstruction fund and board to help avail funds at this critical time.

In addition, it also tasked the RTGoNU with publishing proceeds from oil sales in accordance with the Petroleum Revenue Management Act 2012 to ensure transparency and accountability.

He also asked the RTGoNU to complete the drafting and submission of the CTRH and CRA legislation following the successful conclusion of the Transitional Justice conference.

‘‘It is imperative for the RTGoNU to inject additional impetus into the implementation of the agreement to achieve the milestone it set for itself in the roadmap,’’ Tai added.

In July 2022, the parties to the revitalized peace agreement agreed to extend the transitional coalition government period, because the provisions of the agreement remained largely unimplemented, and the parties placed February 2023 as the end of the transitional period. The 24-month roadmap commenced on  February 22.