Troika and EU Tells South Sudans Government to raise its own funds for Peace process.

FB IMG 1623190571873 750x450 1Troika Delegation meeting in Khartoum

Troika member countries and the European Union lastly announced their cagey to the recently unveiled roadmap that proposes the extension of the lifespan of the peace agreement.

The current period was extended by 24 months beginning February 2023.

The EU and Troika which comprises the United States, Norway, and the United Kingdom issued a joint statement noting the recent decision to extend the term of the transitional government, albeit with a caution that the government must now wisely use the funds at its disposal to fund the agreement.

These countries stressed the need for transparency in the usage of oil revenue, public financial and resources management, and tangible actions so that donors could pick an interest by injecting funds into government projects.

“Only sustained action and results, particularly on oil revenue transparency, as well as public finances and resources management, will generate the donor support requested by the Government of South Sudan,” the joint statement issued yesterday read.

“In this regard, we note the government’s announcement to allocate specific funds in the 2022-23 budget for implementing the peace agreement and the Roadmap.” We urge the government to disburse those funds in predictable and transparent ways for the international community to regain confidence. “

The international community faulted the drafting of the roadmap for paying little attention to the voices of civil society. They urged the government to create political and civic space so that the voices of the citizens are heard, even while they oppose government policies as the country embarks on the implementation of the roadmap.

“The people of South Sudan, the Troika, the EU and its Member States, and the wider international community will judge deeds, not words.” We need to see what will be different this time,” the statement continued.

“Ratification of the extension of the transition should occur after the government has demonstrated the sustained action and results promised in the roadmap. It is only through meeting the deadlines set out in the Roadmap that the government can earn our collective trust.”

Their statement comes barely days after the First Vice President Riek Machar, appealed to the United States to relook her earlier decision freezing funding to the ceasefire monitoring bodies.

Machar argued that even if South Sudan were to head into an election, the fact that there are pending aspects of the peace agreement would only mean that running a credible and peaceful election would be a mirage.

Machar also gave his assurance that he was not power hungry and urged the international community to inject funds in support of the roadmap, which he said was the best path to lead the country towards democracy in a free, fair, and credible election.

Machar’s remarks came after the international community warned they might withdraw their support for the roadmap and extension of the transitional period. He added that the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) also warned to pull out of its support of the peace process.

On Thursday last week, President Salva Kiir announced the extension of a transitional period that was agreed upon by parties to the agreement and civil society, by 24 months.

The roadmap for the ending of the transitional period entails its commencement on February 22, 2023, and its ending on February 22, 2025.

But the major articles and activities must be implemented within 18 months after which elections will be held in December 2024.

Kiir clarified that the extension was not his project alone but for all the parties to the agreement and so it was not meant for him to remain in power.

“I did not accept the extension of the transitional period because I wanted to hold onto power,” Kiir said.

The president reiterated that the extension was purposely to prevent rushed elections, which might send the country back to war and other abysmal acts.

“I’m informing the people of South Sudan that the political parties who signed the revitalised peace agreement to resolve the conflict have unanimously agreed to the 24-month extension of the interim period,” said Kiir.

“I want you to understand why we came to this decision.” We are not extending the transition because I want to stay in the government longer. We don’t want to rush you into an election that will take us back to war. I have been fighting since I was a teenager. You can see me now where I have reached and how many months are still left for me to spend in this world.”

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