Kiir, Machar committed to peace deal, says minister

Kiir, Machar committed to peace   deal, says minister
President Salva Kiir (R) and First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar (photo credit: courtesy)

The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ruben Madol has assured the country that President Salva Kiir and the First Vice President Dr Riek Machar are committed to the implementation of the peace agreement. 

Madol said the two leaders are committed to pushing forward the peace implementation despite the challenges of resources to support key tasks.

“There is a political will in the implementation of the agreement because President of the Republic and First Vice President in the council of ministers always push for the commitment of all the ministries to support the implementation of this agreement,” Madol said.

He was speaking during the partners’ roundtable with the Technical Committee on the establishment of the Commission on Truth, Reconciliation and Healing. 

The discussion was organised by the United Nations Development Programs [UNDP] in Juba yesterday.

He said the commitment by the Technical Committee of the Commission shows that they have been performing their duties for the success of the peace agreement.

“I want to assure you the support from the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs,” Madol said.

More commitment

Speaking at the same event, the Deputy Chairperson of the Technical Committee of the Commission on Truth, Reconciliation and Healing, Alokiir Malual Agour, pledged commitment, saying he is optimistic about the success of the team.

“This is the beginning for us to continue with our work. We called the roundtable because we want to dialogue and hear from you on how we can proceed,” Alokiir said.

The committee comprised the ministry of justice and constitutional affairs, civil society organisations and the stakeholders that were tasked to conduct consultations and record the views of the people on Chapter V of the Revitalised Peace Agreement. 

The team is expected to do a consultation in the states including refugee camps in neighbouring countries of Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, and Ethiopia. Those to be consulted include traditional and community leaders, religious leaders, women, youth, the diaspora, identified vulnerable groups, members of parliament and the security sector.

According to Agour, finalising the public awareness and sensitisation will start this month and run to the end of March 2022.

The report will be drafted and submitted to the CTRH and shall be approved by the Reconstituted Transitional Government of National Unity.   

In July 2021, the government began the process of hybrid court formation amid scepticism about whether the mechanism would address justice issues and bring lasting peace.

For this, the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs launched the establishment of the Truth, Reconciliation and Healing Commission (TRHC) was formed to mark the start of the implementation of Chapter Five of the R-ARCSS.

It came following January 2021’s cabinet approval of the creation of the court and tasked the ministry to expedite the process according to the R-ARCSS.

During the launch of the Technical Committee on the Commission on Truth, Reconciliation and Healing in July, Dr Machar called on the technical committee to ensure transparency of the truth, reconciliation and healing process to effect lasting peace in the country.

The Chapter Five of the R–ARCSS provides for the establishment of a Hybrid Court that would try perpetrators of atrocities committed during the war, alongside the Truth, Reconciliation and Healing Commission and the Compensation and Reparation Authority in South Sudan. 

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