JUBA – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Friday promised in his New Year message that he will form the commission for truth, reconciliation and healing (CTRH) provided for in the revitalized peace agreement by the end of January 2022.
“We will be embarking on the process of establishing the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing (CTRH) by the end of January 2022. It is important to initiate this process so that our people can know the truth about what took place during the war and use it as the basis for peace-building, reconciliation, and social stability,” he said.
“With these in mind, I, therefore, call upon all South Sudanese to embrace the roadmap set forth by the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs regarding this process,” he added.
He said the taskforce overseeing chapter five of the revitalized peace agreement will identify internal partners to better carry out their tasks in this regards, and also said progress has been made in the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.
“Our unity of purpose and action as parties to the agreement is important because the success of this agreement depends on it. We have a responsibility to create permanent stability in our country through this agreement. We have been reminded many times by our partners that this agreement belongs to us,” he said.
“The unknown gunmen which used to terrorize citizens here in Juba are now a thing of the past. South Sudan People’s Defence Forces, the SPLM/A-IO and SSOA Forces have been in cantonment sites and training centers together for over two years without major incident. That itself is a big achievement,” he added.
“When graduated, the Unified Forces will not be the Army of any political party. It will be a professionalized force tasked with defending the territory of South Sudan, its people, and their properties,” Kiir promised.
“When instituted, the Unified Forces will act as guarantors for political stability and socio-economic development of South Sudan for generations.”
“I would like to inform you today that we have recently added other roads in addition to the ones I announced in August.”
“These are The Aggrey Jaden Road, formerly the Juba-Lainya-Yei-Kaya Road, which we launched on the 28 December 2021; Juba – Mundri-Yambio-Tombura-Wau Road, with another branch from Mundri-Mvolo-Rumbek- Tonj- Wau-Kuajok-Gogrial-Aweil; Yei-Bangolo-Tali via Amadi; and Juba-Kajo-Keji Road.”
“I am assuring you again this year that I will not return you to war”.