Senior IO official doubts full implementation of R-ARCSS

FILE PHOTO/COURTESY: Left, H.E President Kiir and Right, FVP. Dr Riek Machar posing for a picture after in J1, Juba, Republic of South Sudan

A senior SPLM/A-IO on Tuesday has doubted the seriousness of the full implementation of the current peace process.

Lt. Gen. Nathaniel Pierino, a high-ranking member of NCAC member within the IO movement, expresses his frustrations on Tuesday. Pierino, known for his straightforward opinion said two years has gone by and the parties have shown nothing “tangible”.

“Nearly Eight (8 ) months of the Transitional Period and after over Two (2) years of a signed Agreement the parties have nothing yet tangible to show. The Pre-Transitional Period of Eight (08) months on the matrix became elastic.”

The senior member of the rebel movement believes nothing much will be achieved since it has been 17 months from the day the transitional period commenced.

“It took Seventeen (17) Months moreover without completing the tasks meant for that period. Today after nearly one year of Transitional Period, the task that were meant for Pre-Transitional period have not been completed.”

Pierino said the key (s) part of the agreement, which he outlined below, nothing has been achieve.

1. Completing the Unification of forces of the military, and other organized forces; 

2. Incorporating the agreement into the constitution and ratifying it into the law; 

3. The passing into law of the amendments of security related laws and political parties Act; 

4. Completing task necessary for the formation of RTGNU, including Submissions of nominees for Legislature, etc. and finally; 

5. Establishment of RTGNU at all levels; 

Using logic and mathematical stimulation, what he expects to have if the current path is not changed, the agreement, he said will at least take 10 years to finally bear fruits.

“Mathematically, if the will for the agreement shall be there, and at the current phase of implementation, the parties may need to secure at least Ten (10) years more of Transitional period to implement the agreement. The parties are turning the R-ARCSS, (2018) into a “Gentlemen Agreement”. The parties are yet to meet provisions that are not easy go, especially those that are politically more sensitive than those that the parties are currently grappling with. The Security Sector and economic reforms, the Census; the implementation of federalism, the Permanent Constitution and its processes, the mother of all stalemate; the transitional justice mechanism especially the Hybrid Court, and the National Elections; Just to mention but few.”

Gen. Pierino blame the grantors to the R-ARCSS for showing reluctancy to push the part to take key provision of the agreement serious.

“The complacency of IGAD, the body that is supposed to guarantee the agreement, has reached it’s climax. The member states of IGAD have turn blind eyes on the plight of South Sudanese people and are busy with their internal matters. Including elections and Covid19 pandemic. IGAD could have assumed responsibility that it could not be able to discharge. The international partners including the troika, having exhausted their leverage shall at the end resort to and plead with the parties to guarantee the agreement especially the permanent ceasefire.”

He believes the parties are fully responsible for the implementation of the agreement. Whatever decision they make will impact or facilitate the agreement. According to him, this agreement is being turned into “Gentlemen Agreement” where principles are awarding themselves instead of focusing to implement the peace agreement.

“The parties have been granted free hands and are at liberty, in essence, the parties are the actual guarantors of the agreement, they can choose to implement the agreement or not to do so. Which is why the R-ARCSS (2018) may altogether be turned by the parties into a “Gentlemen Agreements.” 

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