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Kiir, Machar told to exclude sanctioned individuals from new cabinet

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit, right, meeting SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny ink Juba for the face-to-face meeting (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

March 3rd 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – A Juba-based South Sudanese human rights advocacy organization urged – in a statement – President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar to exclude, from cabinet, those under international sanctions.

The National Coordinator of the Centre for Peace and Advocacy (CPA), Ter Manyang, said those affected by UN and US sanctions should not be reappointed into the cabinet.

“All ministers were sanctioned by US government should not appear in the unity government if both Kiir and Machar want to bring trust of International Community and support,” he said in a statement extended to Nyamilepedia.

“Citizens want new faces (ministers) who will be held accountable to the citizens and who will not abuse power during the 36-month transition,” he added.

The statement further urged Kiir and Machar “to work together and avoid the corruption, extortion, nepotism, patronage and fraud in order by taking measures to make sure that fair transparent government can strengthen the general trust in public institutions like South Sudan National Police Service, Judiciary, Legislative and Executive.”

“Everyone has right to participate in decision-making, in regardless of gender, age, political affiliation, ethnicity however, the citizens’ hope is that after the formation of the R-TGNOU, the Transitional Government will embark on the implementation of the rest of the provisions of the Agreement to ensure that the lasting peace is achieved, which is the goal of the R-ARCSS, 2018.

“People want to see the government respect for personal freedoms and sharing of democratic values such as tolerance, fairness, mutual respect, honesty, responsibility, accountability and divergent opinions tolerance for peaceful co- existence is enhance during the 36- month in implementation of peace agreement.”

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