South Sudan peace parties agree on distribution of state ministries

South Sudan Interior Minister, Paul Mayom Akec, addressing the media in Juba | File photo

Parties to the revitalized peace agreement have agreed on the allocation of ministerial positions in the states, Interior Minister, Paul Mayom Akech who is also the chairperson for the committee of the formation of state governments told SSBC on Monday.

“The parties have agreed to allocate the then outstanding ministries to themselves equitably and acceptably,” Mayom said.

The minister said “the outstanding issues relating to the executive branches of the states have been historically handled.”

The deal will pave way for the full establishment of state governments which has delayed due to difference among the parties to the agreement.

The revitalized peace agreement two years but some of its provisions are yet to be implemented.

In June, president Salva Kiir appointed state governors but the governor for Upper Nile State is yet to be named.

As reported by Eye Radio, the Minister of Mining, Henry Odwar who is also the deputy chairperson of the SPLM-IO – said the state ministries have been distributed fairly.

As stipulated in the revitalized peace agreement, the parties started forming the transitional government of national unity in February, 2020  with appointment of five vice presidents. 

On the second anniversary of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) Troika Special Envoys issued a statement commending progress made in the implementation but also expressed concern over delay. 

“The Troika (Norway, the United States and the United Kingdom) reconfirms its support for the people of South Sudan and shares their desire to see a permanent end to conflict and fear of a return to violence.  As we mark the two-year anniversary of the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) we commend progress to date, but express concern at delay,” the statement said.

  It added “we urged all sides to demonstrate the leadership needed to deliver progress and maintain peace.”