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
By FRED OLUOCH
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.
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.