SSP90 billion approved for security arrangements

SSP90 billion approved for security arrangements

The National Transitional Committee (NTC) approved SSP90 billion for Phase Two of the transitional security arrangements.

Stephen Bichiock, the Head of the NTC Secretariat, disclosed this during the 29th plenary of the Revitalised Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commision (R-JMEC) held in Juba on Thursday.

Bichiock said the budget would be sent to the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly (R-TNLA) for deliberation.

“In addition, the NTC board also discussed and passed SSP 3.6 billion for emergency food items for the graduated unified forces in the training centres and cantonment sites.

Bichiock said the Minister of Peace Building, Stephen Par Kuol, who is also the secretary of the NTC, presented the NTC budget to the Council of Ministers on May 4, 2023.

According to him, the budget was discussed and passed.

The Interim Chairperson of the Revitalised Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commision (R-JMEC), rtd. Maj. Gen. Charles Gituai, said the overall implementation of the revitalised peace agreement was far lagging behind the roadmap timelines.

He noted that there seems to be no sense of urgency from the parties.

He urged the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) to undertake the redeployment of phase 1 of the necessary unified forces, proceed to phase 2, and institute Disarmament, Demobilisation, and Re-Integration (DDR) programmes.

The National Transitional Committee (NTC) is a body tasked with overseeing the implementation of the 2018 peace deal.

It works with the peace mechanisms to coordinate activities and also lobby for funds so that the mechanisms implement and execute their objectives.

According to Chapter Two of the R-ARCSS, which consists of the security arrangements, government and opposition forces are supposed to canton and train unified forces during a three-year transitional period leading into elections.

Under the 2018 peace deal, South Sudan is supposed to graduate 83,000 unified forces drawn from the various parties to take charge of security during the ongoing transitional period.