Dec 14, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — The government and opposition commanders’ workshop that was being held in Nairobi, Kenya, has officially came to an end earlier today after a one week-long training session.
The workshop, which was launched by the Minister of Defense and Veterans’ Affairs, Hon. Angelina Jany Teny, last week, was meant to train the senior military officials on leadership, peace building and reconstruction to facilitate the unification of forces cantoned at the training sites across the country.
As the workshop came to an end, the Chief of Defense Forces, General Johnson Juma Okot said that the training marked the beginning of the unification of government and opposition forces.
He told the military officials that after training them, the unification process will start with them and the graduation will follow.
“You need to begin to understand that we have been trying to put our forces on training. We are soon going to graduate. We are lucky that the unification is now starting with you,” Gen. Okot said on Sunday.
“We are starting the unification from here because when we go back home, it will be different.” He added.
The training help senior military officers implement the nucleus of the security arrangements
The revitalized peace agreement requires the cantonment, screening, and training of 83,000 Necessary Unified Forces to safeguard the deal through the Transitional Period.
The defense minister had hinted of a possibility that the graduation of the forces will take place early next year.
The graduation of unified forces has been postponed for more than twice this year over claims of inadequate funds.
In the past two weeks, there have been reports of clashes in the Kajo-Keji area in Central Equatoria State between the SPLA-IO and the SSPDF after General Moses Lokujo switched to the SSPDF.
Following the clashes, the main opposition group — SPLA-IO called for speedy unification of the forces to avoid the recurrence of conflict in other parts of the country.