Juba, 25 November, 2019 / 4:49 am (ACI Africa).
Following reports that the government of South Sudan recently released US$40 million out of the pledged US$ 100 million to the National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC), an entity created to facilitate the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS), Church officials in the world’s youngest nation have called for transparency and accountability on the part of those at the helm of NPTC.
“I think the committee should be sincere on how they use the money,” the diocesan Administrator of South Sudan’s Wau diocese, Fr. Marko Mongu told ACI Africa Friday, November 22, referencing those overseeing the activities of NPTC and underlined the value of “transparency and accountability” in financial matters across organizations including the Church.
“Even for we in the Church, the question of transparency and accountability on where the money goes and the reason it is used the way it is used,” the South Sudanese cleric said, are important considerations, which NPTC has to take into account.
He emphasized the need for NPTC to be serious about how the money is spent and identified working toward lasting peace through the realization of R-ARCSS upon the expiry of the latest postponement of the formation of a unity government by 100 days as a key priority.
Fr. Mongu expressed the hope that the money facilitates the work of NPTC toward the formation a unity government and lasting peace, thanking President Kiir for releasing the funds.