Lam Akol’s group wants at least three months extension of pre-transitional period

Dr. Lam Akol, the former chairman of SPLM-DC, now leading an armed rebellion in South Sudan(Photo: file)

Dr. Lam Akol, the former chairman of SPLM-DC, now leading an armed rebellion in South Sudan(Photo: file)

April 27th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – The National Democratic Movement (NDM), led by Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin, said on Saturday that it wants at least three months extension of the pre-transitional period before the unity government due next month is formed.

Last week, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) led by former First Vice-President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, said it will not be a part of a unity government due to be formed in May.

Early that week, President Salva Kiir invite Machar and other opposition leaders to return to Juba to prepare for the unity government formation.

“From the foregoing, it is abundantly clear that critical land marks in the implementation of R-ARCSS during the Pre-Transition have not been met, some of these can make or break the fragile peace environment in the country,” said a statement extended to the Nyamilepedia and signed by the group’s spokesman, David Lawrence Lual.

He said the unification of forces alone requires a period of three to four months given the approach of the rainy season.

“The process of army unification has yet to start and this will require, according to our calculations, three (3) to four (4) months given the upcoming wet season,” the statement added.

The statement called for the parties to the conflict to vacate civilian centers to enable for the return of the internally displaced persons and refugees from neighboring countries.

“The civilian centres should be evacuated forthwith by the forces occupying them so that civilians in IDP camps, refugee centres, POCs or anywhere else can safely move to their homes,” it said.

“Peace is about the people and they must truly feel that peace has come,” it added.

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