Juba, 05 November, 2019 / 4:08 am (ACI Africa).
With key issues of contention between the parties in South Sudan protracted conflict unresolved just a week to November 12 deadline for the formation of a unity government as stipulated in a September 2018 peace accord, the President of the world’s youngest nation, Salva Kiir Mayardit has pleaded with Church leaders to be vocal about the peace document dubbed the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).
“I want to take this opportunity to call (on) the Catholic Church and all other churches around the country to help us in the dissemination of the peace agreement,” President Kiir appealed while addressing thousands who gathered at All Saints Parish, Rejaf, Juba for the conclusion of the yearlong centenary celebrations of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba Friday, November 1.
“Your role in the dissemination of the peace agreement will go a long way towards political stability of South Sudan,” President Kiir said referencing the key issues in R-ARCSS.
R-ARCSS envisages a government of national unity under the Presidency of Kiir and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) leader, Dr. Riek Machar assuming the position of vice-president.
The R-ARCSS accord signed by both Kiir and Machar originally provided a May 2019 deadline for the formation of a unity government, a date that was extended by six months through the facilitation of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).