Kiir resolved not to go back to war and committed to forming a Commission for Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing (CTRH).
In Kiir’s new year’s message, Kiir re-emphasized his determination not to return to war no matter what the circumstances. He mentioned that regardless of the obstacles in the way of implementing the revived peace accord, he said, “I am telling you again this year that I will not return you to war.”
In his New Year’s message, South Sudan President Salva Kiir also stated that his government will establish a Commission for Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing (CTRH) by the end of January so that the people can understand what happened during the war and use it as a foundation for peacebuilding and reconciliation.
The Commission for Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing in South Sudan is governed under Chapter V of the renegotiated peace treaty. The R-ARCSS has tasked the ministry of justice and constitutional affairs with undertaking nationwide consultations in partnership with other stakeholders and civil society.
“By the end of January 2022, we will begin the process of creating the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing (CTRH),” President Kiir remarked. “It is critical to begin this process so that our people may learn the truth about what happened during the conflict and utilize it as a foundation for peacebuilding, reconciliation, and societal stability.”
“With these considerations in mind, I, therefore, urge on all South Sudanese to accept the path laid out by the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs in this process,” he said.
President Kiir further said that the task group in charge of supervising and coordinating the implementation of Chapters 5 and 6 as well as Judicial Reform would identify suitable foreign partners to help with the formation of the Compensation and Reparation Authority (CRA).
“Our unity of purpose and action as agreement parties is critical because the success of this agreement is dependent on it,” Kiir stated. “Through this deal, we have a duty to promote long-term stability in our nation.” Our partners have often reminded us that this arrangement is ours.”
Despite the challenges in implementing the Revitalized Peace Agreement, the president said that great progress has been achieved, the cease-fire has been maintained, and the Christmas season was observed peacefully in most regions of our nation this year.
“The mystery gunmen who used to harass civilians here in Juba are no longer a reality,” President Kiir remarked. “For more than two years, the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces, the SPLM/A-IO, and the SSOA Forces have coexisted at cantonment sites and training facilities without incident.” That is a significant accomplishment in and of itself.”
He said that the Joint Defense Board (JDB) Team was sent in mid-December 2021 to verify its previous report on the specifics of the Necessary Unified Forces (NUF) at Training Centers awaiting graduation.
“When completed, the Unified Forces will not be a political party’s army.” “It will be a professionalized army responsible for safeguarding South Sudan’s land, people, and property,” Kiir pledged. “Once established, the Unified Forces will serve as guarantors of South Sudan’s political stability and socio-economic prosperity for centuries.”
The president said unequivocally that the government’s objectives are peacekeeping, economic reform, and road building.
“I’d want to notify you today that, in addition to the roads I mentioned in August, we have lately added further roads,” Kiir stated. “These include The Aggrey Jaden Road, previously known as the Juba-Lainya-Yei-Kaya Road, which we opened on December 28, 2021; Juba – Mundri-Yambio-Tombura-Wau Road, with another branch from Mundri-Mvolo-Rumbek- Tonj- Wau-Kuajok-Gogrial-Aweil; Yei-Bangolo-Tali through Amadi