Yei, 28 February, 2020 / 2:45 am (ACI Africa).
Few days after rival leaders in South Sudan formed a transitional coalition government to end years of political rivalry and conflict, the Local Ordinary of the country’s Diocese of Yei has called for servant leadership among coalition government leaders and urged the leaders in the East African country to work towards the long-awaited peace.
“Everybody, even children are crying for peace. We are fed up with war and now all we want is peace. Please don’t return us to war,” Bishop of Yei Diocese Erkolano Lodu Tombe said in an interview with ACI Africa Wednesday, February 26.
President Salva Kiir, on Friday, February 21, dissolved his government, paving the way for the February 22 formation of the long-awaited coalition government that had been postponed twice.
Referencing the power sharing modality envisaged in the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), Bishop Tombe noted, “The priority (of the government) should be to maintain peace and not to seek positions of power out of greed for material gain. The government needs to look towards the needs of the people who are fed up with war.”
He added, “My hope is that the parties to this government are equally fed up with war.”