NCAC completes deliberations to incorporate Revitalised Agreement into South Sudan’s transitional Constitution

Nov 28th, 2018(Nyamilepedia) — The reconstituted National Constitution and Amendment Committee (NCAC) has on Wednesday completed its deliberations on the incorporation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) into the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan (TCRSS) 2011 (as amended).

The Committee has been sitting in the South Sudan capital, Juba since November 5, 2018.

The meetings were attended by representatives of all the Parties in the reconstituted Committee, including women, youth and the civil society.

Representatives of the SPLM-IO and South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) travelled from outside the country to participate in this phase.

The Committee in session on Tuesday, Nov 27th, 2018(Photo credit: JMEC)

The Committee in session on Tuesday, Nov 27th, 2018(Photo credit: JMEC)

“This is a welcome indicator of trust-building in the peace process,” said NCAC Chairperson, Gichira Kibara.

During this period, the Committee deliberated on all the provisions of the Agreement, reached consensus on all issues and drafted the Bill to incorporate the Agreement into the transitional Constitution.

The Committee has however, deferred the issue of the description of the system of government during the pre-transitional and transition periods to the reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) to facilitate consensus among the parties on the issue after which the provisions relating to system of governance will be amended or retained accordingly.

The next phase of the Committee’s work, which commences in December 2018, Mr. Kibara said, involves the amendment of security laws to conform to the Agreement.

“Members of the Committee have worked well as a team and the Committee is committed to completing its mandate within the times provided in the Agreement despite the late start of its work,” he added.

According to Article 1.18.1 of the Revitalised Agreement, the NCAC is expected to draft and complete a Constitutional Amendment Bill, and incorporate it into the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan.