Abdelbagi alleviates fears ahead of roadmap declaration

Abdelbagi alleviates fears ahead of roadmap declaration
The Vice President for Service Cluster, Hussein Abdelbagi Akol exchanges formal greetings with President Salva Kiir Mayardit in a past meeting. [Photo: Courtesy]

The anticipated roadmap for ending the transitional period will foster coexistence among the citizens, the Vice President for Service Cluster, Hussein Abdelbagi, said.

Speaking during the thanksgiving ceremony of the appointment of the governor of the Bank of South Sudan (BOSS), Moses Makur Deng, the vice president stated that the government was committed to elevating prospects for peace to kick start developmental strategies.

“The roadmap is going the right way and I tell you that there is nothing bad in the roadmap. Everything will go on well, and we shall keep this peace we have maintained for years without political killings. And everything will go on well,” Abdelbagi said.

“Be patient for a week, and next week, everything will be clear to you. I have heard that some people have started taking their children outside the country, afraid that South Sudanese will fight one another. This is not true. “

He called on South Sudanese to contribute towards the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan.

“Everybody should contribute to the peace process so that South Sudan is stable. We are overlooked, and the whole region is against us. People are scared, the people from the region come and ask us, the transitional period is ending, what will you do?”

“They think we shall kill ourselves. Is it true, shall we kill one another? Somebody asked that transitional period has ended, what are you going to do? Tell our people to be patient and allow us to look into it.”

Discussions surrounding the roadmap for ending the transitional period are underway for the parties to the agreement to agree on how the transitional period will end in peaceful elections.

The presidency is expected to announce the roadmap this week to inform the public on whether the election will be held two months before the transitional period as stipulated in the revitalised agreement or there will be an extension.

Last week, experts brainstormed on what was fit for inclusion in the election act to rule out election malpractices.

There are a number of issues that are not in place including the graduation of forces, reconstitution of electoral commission among other critical issues.

James Dhiak, the Secretary General of the Political Parties’ Council, said according to his research in Ghana, Tanzania and Zanzibar, census was not a major tool for holding free, fair, credible and democratic election.

He noted that what is required is only voters’ registration and recommended that it should be adopted for South Sudan to hold a free election.

He reiterated that the media and the civil society play a vital role in elections, and should be given a say in the entire process.

The First Deputy Speaker of Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly (R-TNLA), Oyet Nathaniel, said there was a need to have a well-established court to handle election malpractices, claiming that there were election malpractices in 2011 and 2010.

 “We faced challenges in 2010 despite the fact that we have the election act.

“In Eastern Equatoria, some candidates sat under trees and started ticking their ballots for themselves. And we did not hear also court cases about it despite having the relevant institutions and the law,” he said.