Conflict still traumatises South Sudanese–Haysom

Conflict still traumatises South Sudanese–Haysom
United Nations Special Representative to South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom (photo credit: courtesy)

United Nations Special Representative to South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom, has said that although South Sudan is advancing to a peaceful stage, the memory and trauma of the conflicts still run deeper in the mind of citizens.

He said for the citizens to forget the past, there must be trust among the leaders that will be essential in forging a united front for national stability.

“Trust is the foundation for reimagining an inclusive social contract by which people can live together in harmony. Where institutions lack sufficient trust, citizens may not cooperate,” Haysom stressed.

He made the statement during the launch of the fifth governors’ forum on Monday.

“I acknowledge that effective political systems are not achieved overnight. This depends on the sustained and collective will of leaders from all sides,” Haysom added.

Haysom said he was optimistic that the forum would be another step towards the national effort to end decades of suffering by citizens.

He said commendable progress has been made, particularly in the implementation of governance-related tasks under Chapter I of the Revitalised Peace Agreement.

The UNMISS boss said the permanent constitution-making process is in progress and will enable the people to agree on a legitimate, popular, and inclusive system of constitutional governance that is best suited for the country.

“I strongly encourage you to see the constitution-making and upcoming electoral processes as important benchmarks in the march towards peace and stability. A sense of urgency is required, not a “business-as-usual approach,” Haysom stated.

He said the contribution of the youth was critical in the process of the peace agreement since over 70 per cent of the population is under 30 years of age.

“The peace agreement calls on the Revitalised Government to consult youth groups and to ensure that youth representatives participate in the constitution-making and peace implementation processes.

“Their voices and demands for livelihoods, jobs and education must be heard so that they too can be positive agents of change,” he said.

Haysom also urged the country’s leaders to urgently complete the formation of a coherent command structure of the security forces.