Kiir, Machar sign yet an­other deal to share power in tran­si­tional gov­ern­ment

Sign­ing in Ad­dis on Wed­nes­day came af­ter months of ne­go­ti­a­tions and pre­lim­i­nary pacts

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The chair­man of the Joint Mon­i­tor­ing and Eval­u­a­tion Com­mis­sion, Fes­tus Mo­gae, was op­ti­mistic that the sign­ing of the Re­vi­talised Peace Agree­ment would her­ald a new chap­ter for the Republic of South Su­dan. But James Oryema, the SPLMIO rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Kenya, said that his rebel move­ment is still scep­ti­cal and be­lieves that Pres­i­dent Kiir will still sab­o­tage the agree­ment if the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity does not mon­i­tor its im­ple­men­ta­tion and im­pose sanc­tions not the sabo­teurs. of Yei River State, which bor­ders Uganda and the Demo­cratic Republic of Congo.

Key high­lights of the new agree­ment in­clude a pro­posal for the es­tab­lish­ment of a Com­pen­sa­tion and Repa­ra­tion Au­thor­ity within six months in recog­ni­tion of the de­struc­tive im­pact of the con­flict to the cit­i­zens of South Su­dan.

Sec­ond, the Hy­brid Court will hold in­di­vid­u­ally re­spon­si­ble those who planned, in­sti­gated, or­dered, com­mit­ted, aided and abet­ted, con­spired or par­tic­i­pated in war crimes and crimes against hu­man­ity, and has the power to or­der the for­fei­ture of the prop­erty, pro­ceeds and any as­sets ac­quired un­law­fully through the war.

The Su­danese Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Move­ment in Op­po­si­tion (SPLM-IO) deputy mil­i­tary spokesper­son, Col Gabriel Lam, told that gov­ern­ment forces had brought in am­mu­ni­tions by aero­plane from Juba to Yei airstrip.

“Th­ese are in­di­ca­tors that the regime is launch­ing an all-out war in Yei River State and other parts of the coun­try, which sends neg­a­tive sig­nals whether the peace will hold,” he said.

But James Mor­gan, the South Su­danese Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the African Union, is op­ti­mistic that the agree­ment will hold and that the fight­ing in Kajo-keji is just like the “last rains of the sea­son.”

The SPLM-IO and the SSOA signed the agree­ment af­ter the In­ter-govern­men­tal Au­thor­ity on Development lead­ers agreed to their de­mands on the num­ber of states and in the Cabi­net.

Kenya, Ethiopia, Su­dan and Uganda will de­ploy troops to South Su­dan to en­sure the full im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new peace agree­ment.

Pic­ture: AFP

South Su­dan’s Pres­i­dent Salva Kiir (2nd R) and rebel leader Riek Machar make a peace deal at the 33rd Ex­tra­or­di­nary Sum­mit of Igad in Ad­dis Ababa on Septem­ber 12.

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