Oct 20, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- Although conflict continues to intensify in the three regions of South Sudan, the Joint Monitoing and Evaluation Commission(JMEC), a peace monitoring organization led by Festus Mogae, the former president of Botswana, has continue to assure that there is peace in South Sudan and thus the monitoring body must continue to stay in Juba.
The latest statement from Mr. Mogae has provoked many condemnations from the oppositions’ leaders and intellectuals who believe that the organization has no function at this point and should be dismantled.
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According to James Gatdet Dak, the spokesperson of SPLM/A-IO chairman, JMEC is no longer neutral in South Sudan’s conflict and therefore it should cease operations until the peace is resuscitated to include all stakeholders in and outside the country.
Dak said the chairman Mogae has failed to delivered and instead he should leave Juba with his defunct and partial monitoring body.
“Chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), has failed with his partial and defunct peace monitoring body.” Dak said.
JMEC was expected to independently investigate the incident of July 8th and comes with its version and ways forwards to bring the parties back to table, however, Mogae said on BBC that he has no attack-helicopters or tanks to impose any reasonable resolutions.
“He failed to monitor the implementation of the peace agrement, which was being violated by Salva Kiir and his cohorts in his presence, and led to the attempted assassination of the peace partner, Dr. Riek Machar, at J1 palace.” The spokesman, Gatdet Dak, said.
“He is wasting time and resources in Juba doing absolutely “nothing.” How could he think that the agreement would be implemented by one party without the other party that signed it?”
Dak reiterates that Mogae has failed and is just wasting resources in Juba.
At the time of conflict in July, Mogae was not in South Sudan but he returned on 25th of July and later moved his offices to Addis Ababa until he was assured by Salva Kiir government that it is safe to operate within Juba.
It is yet to be seen how the peace agreement will be resuscitated while the conflict is going on in various parts of the country but Moga believes that “peace is live and well”