The Pan African Movement, Uganda chapter on Thursday issued a statement condemning the failure by South Sudan leaders to agree on a peace plan.
According to a statement issued by Newton Balenzi on behalf of the chairman, ‘regress, instead of progress, is being made’ in Africa’s youngest nation.
“The members and leadership of the Pan African Movement – Uganda National Chapter – condemn the failure by the leadership of the Republic of South Sudan and its opposition parties to effectively deliver as per the tenets of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (RARCSS),” the statement reads in part.
It adds, “Peace in South Sudan transcends any of the leaders, including H.E President Salvar Kiir Mayardit, Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, and any other individuals and groups. It is an opportunity for young people to manage the shaping of their country and for the senior and experienced ones to guide and support young people in order to build successive generations of transformational leadership in this promising polity and economy.”
At the just concluded African Union summit, heads of state and government officials from across Africa gathered in Ethiopia‘s capital for talks primarily focused on ways to end to regional violence, including the conflicts in South Sudan and Libya.
The 33rd African Union (AU) summit, which opened last Sunday in Addis Ababa, was being held under the theme “Silencing the Guns: Creating conducive conditions for Africa’s development”.
The Pan African Movement in the statement, also reitareted its support for the people of South Sudan.
“The leadership of the Pan-African Movement – Uganda National Chapter – with its revolutionary spirit reiterates its firm and unwavering solidarity with the sovereign people of South Sudan in their quest for self-determination through democratic means and calls upon all people and civil society organizations in and outside South Sudan, and regional governments and intergovernmental institutions, to support these efforts,” the statement says.
On Saturday night, Ramaphosa met separately South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, in an effort to jumpstart mediation efforts to form a power-sharing government in South Sudan, which descended in a ruinous civil war in 2013 that has killed hundreds of thousands of people.
The two men face a February 22 deadline to form a government, but they have already missed two previous designated dates to settle their differences.