South Sudan peace monitor [JMEC] says agreement is wounded but alive, warriors should silence guns

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The deputy chairperson of South Sudan peace monitoring commission Augostino Njoroge told the African Union Peace and Security Council that latest scale of violence and renewed fighting in world youngest nation will jeopardize the peace agreement hard fought to achieve.

A delegation from the African Union Security Council is in the capital Juba to get first hand account of the security situation in the war-torn country.

Njoroge who deputize ex-Botswana President Festus Mogae at Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) a body created to oversee the implementation of the August peace deal said although “the peace agreement is wounded, it is still alive and remains our best hope for sustainable peace in South Sudan,”

He added that “every diplomatic effort must be made to stop all hostilities and restore the ceasefire with immediate effect so that implementation of the Agreement can resume properly,”.

Only months after signing and attempting to implement a peace deal reached after 20 months of a brutal civil war, fighting resumed in South Sudanese capital Juba in July, 2016 between forces loyal to president Salva Kiir and his Deputy Riek Machar, collapsing the government of National unity created by the agreement.

Machar’s residence was bombed by government troops forcing him to flee into the bushes of the south and later into Democratic Republic of Congo. He was later evacuated to Khartoum following an ailment that resulted from the 40 days of trekking.

Machar and his Sudan Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) declared an armed uprising against the regime of President Kiir, demanding the resuscitation of the peace agreement.

Fighting has been reported across the country particularly in the oil-rich Unity state and the Equatoria states in which Machar feared, that government of president Kiir could easily orchestrate a genocide on people from his Nuer tribe and other ethnic groups in the equatoria.

Njoroge said the “insecurity around the country is having a profound impact on the lives of ordinary South Sudanese. Human Rights are being compromised, livelihoods are destabilized, the economy is weakened and people are left scared and anxious,”