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Unity state community in Kenya welcomes unity gov’t delay

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr/. Riek Machar (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)
South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr/. Riek Machar (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

November 9th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – The Unity State community in Kenya has welcomed Thursday’s extension of the pre-transitional period which officially delay the formation of the long-awaited Reconstituted Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) for three months.

President Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar on Thursday agreed during a meeting in Entebbe, Uganda, hosted by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, to delay the unity government formation for 100 days.

This, the leaders said in a communique, is because no progress has been registered regarding the implementation of the crucial pre-transitional tasks need in place before the rival parties could form the 36-month transitional government.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Unity state community in Kenya (officially known as Liech Community) said they welcomes the latest extension of the pre-transitional period commending the two rival leaders for reached a consensus on the issue which would have returned the country back to war.

“The Liech community Association in Kenya hereby express her special commendation to South Sudan President GEN. SALVA KIIR and the Sudan People’s liberation Movement (SPLM) Leader DR. RIEK MACHAR for reaching a consensus to extend the Transitional Period for another one hundred (100) days,” the statement signed by the community’s chairman Dak Buoth and extended to Nyamilepedia partly reads.

“The 100 days is an ample time that have now given the Stakeholders benefit of doubt to prove whether or not they are for this Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCISS) signed on 12th September 2018,” the statement added.

The statement said the latest extension of the pre-transitional period would “enable us as a country to fully implement the key provisions that are provided for in this peace Accord.”

“On the same note, we also congratulate President YOWERI MUSEVENI of Uganda, Sudan President GEN. FATAH EL BURHAN and President UHURU KENYATTA’s special envoy Kalonzo Musyoka for facilitating this fruitful Entebbe meeting between President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar at the eleven hours.

“We must say, this is a brotherly gesture on the part of the trio which cannot go unnoticed considering their busy schedules in their respective countries. These 100 days extension is a positive step that has so far reduce the unnecessary tensions elicited by the threat and pressure to form transitional Government of National Unity on 12th November, 2019. That call to form a government next week was nothing but a trigger for another round of conflict.

“Indeed, the earlier call to form the Government was premature and primitive to say the least. It is akin to harvesting unripe fruits in the garden before the exact time comes. Those who were of the idea to form a government on 12th November 2019 must be warned and discouraged from prioritizing their selfish interests. If we had gone ahead with the plan to form the Transitional of National Unity on the aforementioned date, we could be disliked, badly described and generalized as real Jokers who are out to waste other people’s time to do a work that we could not implement to the letter and spirit.”

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