List Of 12 Priorities For South Sudan’s TGoNU

"The list of 12 Citizen Priorities was developed in line with SSuDEMOP’s mission that seeks to Mobilize Citizens, Empower Voices and Shape South Sudan."

Gurtong- South Sudan Democratic Engagement Monitoring and Observation Programme (SSuDEMOP) has identified 12 Citizens’ Priorities for Transitional Government of National Unity.

To Focus On Background After the outbreak of conflict in December 2013, South Sudan was engulfed in political turmoil, which affected several national processes. As a result the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan 2011 was subjected to a number of amendments. This resulted into delay/postponement in conduct of the Population Census and the National Elections, which was scheduled for 2015 to a later date.

Following this delay, the then Government of South Sudan, through the National Legislature in March 2015, resolved to amend the constitution and extend its mandate for another three years until 2018.

In August 2015, the IGAD-led Peace Negotiations between the two warring parties (the Government of South Sudan and SPLM/A in Opposition) and other South Sudanese Stakeholders was concluded, by signing of the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan 2015. The constitutional amendment in March 2015 left, most citizens eager to further understand the purpose and more justification for the extension of mandate of government in regard to services that will be offered to the citizens in the three years.

While the extension meant continuation of tenure of office for National Legislature, State Legislative Assemblies and other institutions of government at all levels, the question of services to the citizens was paramount yet not explicitly raised in the discussion on the bill that introduced the particular constitution amendments as the bases for the three years extension.

Now with the coming into existence of the Agreement signed in August 2015, and the recent appointment of the ministers for the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU), the citizens priorities still remain as follows, based on the information collected by SSuDEMOP during several citizens engagement processes since March 2015 to April 2016. Majority of South Sudanese expect the TGoNU to focus on the following;

1. Fast-track the implementation and timely realization of the milestones stipulated in the Peace Agreement 2015 and provide security for everybody living in South Sudan.

2. Maintain a lean Cabinet and only establish relevant commissions and institutions that are currently required to ignite development process and restore peace and stability in the country.

3. Review, strengthen and develop shared understanding of South Sudan foreign policy among the diplomats who represent the country so as to encourage strategic engagement with other countries and attract foreign investors and development partners by:

 a. Reviewing deployment of South Sudanese diplomats, taking in consideration their ability to effectively engage with other governments and represent the interest/foreign policy of the country;

b. Appoint South Sudanese representatives to serve in different embassies reflective of the ethnic diversity, based on merit, competence and knowledge of South Sudan foreign policy towards that particular country;

c. Review Border and Customs policies to encourage healthy relationship with the neighbor countries for the benefit of South Sudanese citizens seeking vital services (education and health) outside the country.

4. Plan and implement a people driven National Dialogue process so as to start the building of a national agenda and shared vision for the country.

5. Improve on service delivery (education, health and water).

6. Plan and commence national infrastructure development programme (roads, bridges, electricity, airports and airstrips).

7. Conduct national census to facilitate equitable resource allocation and constituency demarcation

8. Develop a realistic national plan for a sustainable economic development with emphasis on agricultural development, food security and disaster preparedness (build capacity, provide credit facilities and develop policies on introduction of subsidies for agricultural goods and equipment).

9. Meaningfully engage the academia and institutions of higher learning in national planning processes and development of national strategies.

10. Manfully involve other stakeholder in national policy and strategy development, present periodic progress review on implementation of national plans and strategies to all the relevant institutions including stakeholder such as civil society and academia.

11. Initiate nation-building processes that are designed to cultivate feeling of nationalism e.g, Periodic presidential address on state of the nation, which is aired live on media for public knowledge.

12. Establish a think-tank at national and state level to research, analyze, advise and recommend necessary actions to inform the national planning and strategy development processes.

The list of 12 Citizen Priorities was developed in line with SSuDEMOP’s mission that seeks to Mobilize Citizens, Empower Voices and Shape South Sudan. SSuDEMOP and other stakeholders will be developing a detailed matrix of implementation to be shared with the key actors and the institutions responsible to deliver the outlined aspirations. For more information please contact us through info@ssudemop.org and visit www.ssudemop.org

 

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