, 14 November, 2019 / 1:16 AM
As the countdown of the 100-day extension of the formation of a unity government in South Sudan got underway on Tuesday, November 12, the Catholic Church in the world’s youngest nation set out to distribute two sets of booklets containing “factual” information about the peace process including the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan.
“The booklets basically cover the discussions, the root causes of the problem, the discussion among the parties involved, their positions, their disagreements, their gaps, including what has been agreed on and what has not been agreed on,” the author of the booklets, Isaac Kungur Kenyi who serves as Church Parliamentary Liaison person of South Sudan’s Catholic Secretariat told ACI Africa correspondent Tuesday, November 12 in Juba.
“There has been a lot of misinformation or disinformation in the country,” Mr. Kenyi said, hinting to the reason for the publication.
“I was delegated by Catholic Church to follow up the peace process, and that is why in February, they created the Church Parliamentary Liaison and my job is to follow up what is happening in the government,” he disclosed to ACI Africa correspondent.
He explained referencing the content of the booklets, “I gave factual information with dates, with places and those who are involved in it, so this is what I think should be more inspiring for the person to read.”
Having participated in some of the peace talks on behalf of the Catholic Church leaders in South Sudan, Mr. Kenyi emphasized the value of the booklets saying, “It is not just getting the information as the media reports or the people talk but getting actually what happened, why it happened and when.”
He went on to highlight the information in each of the two booklets.
The first booklet titled, Tracking Peace Process in South Sudan, has been divided into six sections, Mr. Kenyi said.
The six parts include South Sudan Reality, IGAD-led Peace Process, Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), Renewal of Fighting in 2016, High Level Revitalization Forum Process Addis-Ababa and Khartoum, and the 2018 Revitalized Agreement and Challenges.
The second booklet is titled, Tracking Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, and contains the following chapters: Attempt to resolve the conflict, the impact of fighting, review of ARCSS, high level revitalization forum, opposition alliance and other political oppositions, the permanent ceasefire, the pre-transitional period, transitional period, mechanisms of security arrangements, the Presidency, the revitalized TGoNU, the transitional national legislature, number and boundaries of the states, reading the signs of the time, critical areas of the Revitalized Agreement and possible scenarios within the next three years.
“I have to track what is happening in the parliament, all the bills and Acts that have been passed, I have to track it and inform the Church and the public so that a common good is kept,” the Church Delegate to the Peace Process in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Khartoum, Sudan, explained to justify his expert witness.
Preparations are underway for a third booklet, which “will focus on the Revitalize Transitional government of national unity,” Mr. Kenyi revealed.
ACI Africa was officially inaugurated on August 17, 2019 as a continental Catholic news agency at the service of the Church in Africa. Headquartered in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, this media apostolate will strive to facilitate the telling of Africa’s story by providing media coverage of Catholic events on the African continent, giving visibility to the activities of the Church across Africa where statistics show significant growth in numbers and the continent gradually becoming the axis of Catholicism. This is expected to contribute to an awareness of and appreciation for the significant role of the Church in Africa and over time, the realization of a realistic image of Africa that often receives negative media framing.
Father Don Bosco Onyalla
Editor-in-Chief, ACI Africa