Striking CTSAMVM staff back to work amidst teething challenges in peace implementation
The national staff of the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) have ended almost four months of go-slow.
The staff, RJMEC interim chairperson Charles Gituai said, resumed work this month.
“The return of national monitors to their posts is a crucial step towards the implementation of the peace agreement in the country,” Gituai said in his monthly briefing.
The staff had downed tools over the delayed payment of their salaries and allowances.
Gituai, however, revealed that CTSAMVM failed to hold its board meeting last time out due to administrative concerns raised by senior national representatives.
According to Gituai, the matter has been referred to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) by the senior national representatives concerned.
He further reiterated that this move underscores the importance of addressing any administrative concerns in a timely and effective manner, warning that it risks undermining the credibility and effectiveness of the peacekeeping efforts in the country.”
Despite this setback, the CTSAMVM, as explained by the RJMEC chairman, remains committed to its mandate of monitoring and verifying the implementation of the peace agreement.