Parties Should Compromise On States Allocation: CEPO

"The dragging of the feet among the political parties over the states allocations is a clear demonstration of absence of trust and confidence among the parties".

JUBA (8th May, 2020) GURTONG - The meeting of the presidency of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity dated 7th May, 2020 reached an agreement on the distribution of the states among themselves:

The Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) takes six (6) states, Sudan People’s Liberation Army and Movement-In Opposition (SPLA/M-IO) takes three (3) states and South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) takes one (1).

But this allocation was rejected by the SPLM/A-IO and Other Political Parties (OPP).

Community Empowerment for Progress Organization is disturbed with the continued dragging of feet for resolving the state allocation disputes. The delay of the state and local government is causing more harm to our citizens and worrying since the country is facing threat of COVID-19 and possible floods.

Mr. Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO says the parties should take primary responsibility of compromising on the issues of the state’s allocations among themselves. The dragging of the feet among the political parties over the states allocations is a clear demonstration of absence of trust and confidence among the parties.

The South Sudanese parties to the peace accord should ensure that the IGAD given deadline for having state governments appointed, Revitalized Transitional National legislative assembly, Revitalized Council of States and Revitalized Independent Commissions on the 10th May, 2020 is paramount.

The implementation of the R-ARCSS is so dragged and totally behind schedule. This is due to very low political appetite for genuine transitioning from violence to peace combined with very low spirit for regaining trust and confidence among the parties to the R-ARCSS. Mr. Yakani stressed

CEPO is calling upon the principals of the parties to ensure that they reached solution through consensus before 10th may, 2020.

Finally, CEPO is urging the peace accord guarantors and IGAD leadership to urgently intervene on the disputes associated with the allocation of states among the South Sudan parties.
 

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