South Sudan

South Sudan: Monitoring Body Expresses Alarm over Renewed Fighting

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon meeting with President Salva Kiir at the presidential palace early this year

The South Sudan Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) has expressed its “deeply concern” by recent episodes of fighting in many parts of the country.

As the organization mandated to monitor and evaluate the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, nurse the Commission said such conflict could be in “flagrant violation of the permanent ceasefire agreement.”

Fighting broke out in and outside the presidential palace with President Salva Kiir’s guards fighting Vice President Riek Machar’s soldiers.

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The gunfire led to an established number of deaths in Juba on Thursday and Friday nights.

Both leaders have since called for calm and restraint, adiposity pledging to institute a commission of inquiry into the clashes.

JMEC said in a statement sent to ChimpReports on Saturday that, website like this “These incidents continue to entail significant loss of innocent lives and destruction of property.”

Recent reports indicate that in Wau, more than 40 people have died and approximately 90,000 people have been displaced – out of which an estimated 12,000 are currently under the protection of UNMISS.

Another 60,000 of the displaced are sheltered at various sites, including schools and churches.

Juba insecurity

“In the same manner, the security situation in Juba is deteriorating,” JMEC added.

“Reports of shooting at various sites, targeting innocent citizens and some members of the international community present in Juba to support the people and government of South Sudan in their pursuit to restore peace and stability in the country.”

The JMEC is responsible for monitoring and overseeing the implementation of the Agreement and the mandate and tasks of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU), including the adherence of the Parties to the agreed timelines and implementation schedule.

In case of non-implementation of the mandate and tasks of the TGoNU, or other serious deficiencies, the JMEC shall recommend appropriate corrective action to the TGoNU.

The body reiterated that reports of exchange of fire between the armed groups of SPLM-IG and SPLM-IO are also worrisome.

“JMEC calls on all the parties to refrain from the use of force and engage in dialogue to ensure the implementation of the peace agreement in letter and spirit. It is high time to train and deploy the Joint Integrated Police to assume the full responsibility for security in Juba,” the statement noted.

The country slid into anarchy in 2013, just two years after independence from Sudan-Khartoum.

This was followed by a trail of bloodshed and destruction.

JMEC officials said the full operationalisation of Joint Integrated Police (JIP) and Joint Operation Centre (JOC) should be addressed as a matter of priority.

It also called on the Transitional Government of National Unity to do its utmost to reduce the number of incidents across the country that are contributing to an environment of instability, violence and impeding citizens from leading normal and peaceful lives.


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