CEPO endorses unification of command structure of security sector

CEPO endorses unification of command structure of security sector
CEPO’s Edmund Yakani in a recent press conference. [File photo]

The Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) has hailed the inauguration of the unified command of the security sector.

CEPO sent a press release to The City Review on Saturday following the appointment and swearing-in of the officers to begin their duties as per the 2018 peace pact.

Edmund Yakani, CEPO’s executive director, praised the parties for forming the command structure in accordance with the schedule of the recently signed action plan for the implementation of the Transitional Security Arrangements, calling it “remarkable.”

“This is the required spirit for implementing the R-ARCSS,” said Yakani.

He urged the newly appointed officers in command structures to function as a national entity committed to delivering security reforms in accordance with the terms of the peace agreement’s chapter two.

“Their focus should be on taking primary responsibility as a unified command structure for promoting true execution of the transitional security arrangements,” CEPO concluded. The unified command structure will make a big mistake by wasting time by not paying attention to the constitution and the legislation that formed the security and defence sector. “

According to Yakani, the genuine facilitation of the DDR process, as well as rapid measures to support the Rome process, are among the important actions that the unified command structures should consider.

‘’The immediately required tasks are the graduation of the first branch of the trained soldiers for the unification graduation process and adopting an action plan for the rest of the tasks for the transitional security arrangements,” Yakani urged the command structure of the security.

“CEPO is urging the unified command structure to ensure that ground command respects the ceasefire and stops this trend of waging fighting that leads to killing of innocent civilians and loss of property, including the commitment of human rights violations,” he added.

According to the list of officers appointed, the command structure was made up of 31 officers from the SPLM, SPLA-IO, and SSOA. The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) received 60 per cent of the share, while the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) and the South Sudan Opposition Alliance both received 40 per cent (SSOA).

However, the breakthrough came after opposition parties, particularly the SPLA-IO, withdrew from all security mechanisms, including the Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification (CTSAM-MV) and the peace monitoring body the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC), citing ceasefire violations caused by attacks on their base in the Upper Nile region.

In Unity State’s Leer County and Upper Nile State’s Maiwut County, there has been continuing combat between SSDF and SPLA-IO. Thousands of residents have been reported to have been displaced in Leer County, where both parties’ soldiers are currently fighting.

Last Wednesday, a group of youth from Unity State mounted a peaceful demonstration outside the freedom hall in Juba, where members of parliament were meeting, against the predicament of the people in Leer.