“We the Church in South Sudan are deeply saddened by the escalation of violence in nearly all the States of our country,” the church leaders say and add, “We call for immediate cessation of hostilities and formation of State and County Governments.”
Since a unity government was formed in February 22, there has been a leadership vacuum at all the ten states of South Sudan, with debates over allocation of states to political parties delaying the appointment of governors to administer the countryside.
A June 19 local media report has quoted the Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth as saying that the President Salva Kiir will appoint the governors “next week as parties are now preparing to submit names of respective nominees.”
In their June 17 collective message obtained by ACI Africa, SSCC leaders appeal to “the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) and all the Opposition groups to bring this multiple devastating violence to an end with immediate effect.”
“We strongly deplore the increased loss of lives and destruction of properties of populations already impoverished by conflicts in the country,” the church leaders state, adding, “God is watching us and will hold us accountable for disrespecting and disregarding the sanctity of the gift of life.”
In their message, the religious leaders call upon the citizens of the landlocked African country “to embrace peace and harmonious coexistence” saying, “We are all bound by the destiny and love for one another in this our beloved land.”
Appealing to the government, they say, “We call upon all our political leaders in R-TGoNU and opposition to be true to the agreements and declarations they have signed and ensure their full and timely implementations.”
They also “appeal in the name of God to all our political leaders to value the people over and above position, power and party interests.”
“We assure our people that the Church will remain true to its divine calling and ministry,” the representatives of SSCC say and add, “We believe there is still hope for us and South Sudan will overcome. Let's not give up.”
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