Tuesday, February 3, 2015

SOUTH SUDAN NOT SET FOR ELECTIONS IN JUNE 2015?

TWS!Nick Waigwa


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South Sudan Catholic Bishops Conference has urged for cooperation towards a Consensus that a legitimate governance of the country continues in a transitional manner until a time when a new political dispensation is agreed by all parties.
 
The Bishops in a statement released on 30th January 2015 acknowledge those who would wish to hold an election in June 2015.

However the church leaders have not closed their eyes to the many concerns that have been raised as to whether the country is ready for a national election exercise in June. 

“We are also aware of many concerns that have been raised as to whether a credible election can be held at such a short notice amidst the current insecurity” Bishops

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Concerns have been expressed on whether obligatory prerequisites such as census and the passing of a Permanent Constitution can be fulfilled before the election.

Meanwhile the bishops implored all parties, citizens and communities to play a part in deciding their future & have a role in in implementing it adding that the future of South Sudan should not be left in the hands of a single political party.

They wondered what the country’s leadership is going to do differently from their past record and how they are going to do it if they continued fighting.

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“How will the nation move forward if money is spend on weapons of destruction instead of roads, schools, hospitals and development activities? How will we establish a civilian democracy if the nation remains so militarized? Asked the Bishops

The Bishops who termed as illegitimate any government which is unable to bring peace, development and stability to its people said any party that continues to fight the war against the innocent citizens of South Sudan has no legitimacy.

On Sunday, 1st February 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, south Sudan President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar signed a new agreement to the fighting which broke out in mid December 2013.

Riek Machar is quoted as having said that the recent deal was “a partial agreement” because “some of the most critical issues” are yet to be solved.

None of the agreements made since January 2014 have been respected.
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