JMEC chairperson Festus Mogae, speaks in South Sudan’s capital
Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana. JMEC is tasked to monitor and oversee the implementation of South Sudan’s Compromised Peace Agreement, including the mandate and tasks of the Transitional Government of National Unity, including the adherence of the Parties to the Agreed timelines and implementation schedule.
The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission – JMEC, says they are working to ensure that the first batch of the SPLM in opposition advance team returns to Juba at least this weekend.
Mr. Aly Verjee, the spokesperson of the JMEC secretariat in Juba said the schedule for the implementation of the peace agreement has fallen way behind schedule, due to issues connected with the return of the opposition members whom he said remain critical to the peace deal implementation process.
The Spokesperson of the JMEC secretariat in Juba said the first group should arrive in Juba by end of week.
“We are trying to make it possible, and I can’t say seriously exactly what time they are going to be arriving and it’s not something that is going to happen imminently … we shall see about weekend and how possible to do things because you know even the suggestion that the airport could be open is possible, so we are working on it.” Verjee said in an interview with the breakfast show on Radio Miraya.
Verjee said the JMEC secretariat in Juba is faced with the challenge to accelerate, speed up and get things moving, to pave way for the implementation of the peace agreement.
“We are very conversant with the need to accelerate the implementation, to move the process forward, the chairperson has expressed that very clearly and he will continue to push that and we hope to mover the process forward in the near future.”
The Chairperson of the JMEC, Festus Mogae, has issued a plan for the return of the advance party of the SPLM/A in opposition, describing it as sequenced, phased and balanced, and addresses the logistical and security concerns.
In November 2015, Festus Mogae, said at the inaugural of the JMEC secretariat in Juba that further delay was unacceptable and the implementation of the peace agreement could not be stalled because of unresolved issues.