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Pre-transitional period requires two months extension: Akol


October 22, 2019 (JUBA) – Parties that signed South Sudan’s peace deal should give themselves more two months before a transitional national unity government is formed, a leading opposition figure warned with less than a month to the November 12 deadline.

Lam Akol (Photo Reutrers)

“Formation of the TGoNU before completing putting together the necessary unified force would mean not two armies as was the case in 2015 but multiple armies. That would be a tinder box ready to explode,” said Lam Akol in a letter to a United Nations Security Council delegation that visited Juba this week.

“There can never be a shortcut to security matters. We learned that in a hard way,” he added.

Akol, who heads the Opposition National Democratic Movement (NDM), said government’s insistence to form the TGoNU before settling the issue of the numbers of states is driven by its desire to impose its 32 states as a “fait accompli”.

“What incentive has those whose lands were grabbed as a result of the creation of these mini-States to join such a government?” he asked.

Lam, who also doubles as the Secretary General of South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), warned of a likely outbreak of the violence similar to the one that occurred in Juba in July 2016.

Hundreds of soldiers were killed when forces loyal to President Salva Kiir clashed with those allied to the country’s former First Vice President, Riek Machar at State House, forcing the latter to flee Juba.

“Today, we are in October discussing the same two issues: security arrangements and the number of states in the country. We saw and lived what happened when these issues were glossed over not long ago,” stressed Akol.

The delegation from the Security Council on Sunday called on South Sudan leaders to reach a compromise and rescue the fragile 2018 peace agreement from collapse.

The call came hours after the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) led by Riek Machar threatened not to be part of a new government.

“There is an opportunity for the leaders of South Sudan to make political compromise and move forward to the next phase of the peace process in a credible, transparent and accountable manner,” said Kelly Craft, the United States ambassador to the UN.

In September 2018, the warring parties involved in South Sudan’s conflict signed a peace deal to end a civil war that killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions.

The Security Council delegation, on a visit to the South Sudan capital, Juba acknowledged that progress has been made since then, with a ceasefire significantly improving the security situation.

“We noted the reduction of political violence which has contributed to the return of 594,000 displaced people, increased food production, enhanced humanitarian access, and increased commerce among communities,” said Jerry Matthews Matjila, the South African envoy to the UN and Council President for October.

However, key outstanding issues remain which are having an impact on the progression of the peace process. They include decisions on states and boundaries, as well as the reunification of security forces.

The Security Council delegation held separate meetings with President Kiir, Machar and other signatories to the peace agreement, urging them to expedite its implementation and meet the November 12 deadline for forming the transitional government.

South Sudan descended into war in December 2013 when Kiir accused Machar of plotting a coup.

In May, the two sides agreed to form a unity government in six months and in September said that they will establish a transitional government by November 12 as part of the deal.


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  • 23 October 2019 11:56, by Games

    It should extend it to at least 4months.

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    • 23 October 2019 14:26, by Midit Mitot


      I,am very excited with Dr Lam Akol article or letter to UNSC, those crook bodies such as UNSC, IGAD, AU did not said anything when the second violent had erupted at J1 (state house) in 2016. This is injustice from this body call UNSC.

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      • 23 October 2019 15:37, by Pakuai

        What does extension for 2 more months going to achieve? These ’secret societies and foreign puppets/stooges, thieves and traitors’ have been caught with their pants down. And all that they are left with is always to try to ’shift goal posts after goal post’ with a hope that something magical is somehow going to happen to save their their treasonous arses. The kind of politicians we have here>>>>

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        • 23 October 2019 18:00, by Pakuai

          in South Sudan don’t exist else on this planet earth. To make the matter worse, these so-called politicians are even called well educated with PhDs, my arse. Where in the whole world have the oppositions make foreign countries as their bases to effect change of the government of a sovereign country? It is only in South Sudan>>>>>

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      • 23 October 2019 16:17, by james john luka

        Midit Mitot
        What do you want them to do? Change the regime? No way. Did you remember when Samanther Power was here in Juba? when she behaved like a lioness whose mate was wounded or killed, what changed happened after ward? nothing. So please stop stubbornness with hope of being support by those bodies there are bipartisan, who are willing to see compromises, as they clearly stated.

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        • 23 October 2019 19:07, by Pakuai

          james john luka.,
          Let ’our Nuer ke nyantoc’ with their ’Ngundeng Buong; magician, Mr. Riek Machar bring his, Lam Akol, Thomas Cirillo, Pagan Amuom and some of their creeps in between who have sold themselves and their souls to foreign interest groups of the *US, the UK, their sleazy UN, their evil juus (so-caled israelis), Anesh (so-called ethiopians), some of their Bantusees and some of their>>>>

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          • 23 October 2019 20:07, by Pakuai

            creeps here in our region and the losers thought, they can ALWAYS ’chess game and football’ play ’our country and our people’ just like they did with like their then ’COLD WAR’. But the evils are going to be ’wiped out’ of map on this planet earth. Reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM.>>>>>

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            • 24 October 2019 03:26, by jubaone

              You jienge idiot. Devoid of any contextual relevance, you keep writing the same nonsense over and over again. That is when a block-headed jienge dummy refuses to learn. Just wondering how terrible that would be for that "luakjienges". They must be "nuts". Have you tried something different, ya aryan jienge?

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