Women group challenges govt to prepare fall-back plan on deal

Women group challenges govt to prepare fall-back plan on deal
Presidential Advisor on National Security Affairs, Tut Gatluak , presents electoral roadmap report to President Salva Kiir. [Photo: Presidential Press Unit]

The South Sudanese Civil Population of Yei County, Central Equatoria State, has challenged the national government to prepare contingent governance decisions to be used just in case the citizens reject attempts to extend the transitional period.

Speaking at a peace rally on Saturday, Yei River County Women’s Association Acting Chairperson, Mama Hawa Adam, said it was high time the country broke the circle of transitional governments.

“For how long will it be extended? If so, what plans has the government put in place in case the citizens say no to the extension? “Adam stated.

She added, “We humbly request that you seek comprehensive solutions to these questions in order to reduce further tension in the community, that is our humble request as people of greater Yei.’’

The rally was organised by the ministry of peace building in collaboration with ministry of information in CES. The peace rally was supported by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UMNISS)’s Community Outreach Unit.

Adam explained that because women’s voices have typically been silenced, it is now important for them to speak out.

“We (women) have tolerated enough,” she said.

The year 2018 saw the signing of a peace accord between President Salva Kiir and the opposition, ending the country’s five-year civil war. However, the agreement’s terms are still generally unimplemented, and the parties set the end of the transitional period as February 2023.

Long-time voters and members of the international community have hoped that a vote would bring about a democratically elected government in the youngest nation in the world.