From: Choromke Jas
Dear Dr Riek Machar: Please sign the “Proposed Compromise Agreement”
I have taken time to read the IGAD’s “Proposed Compromise Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict South Sudan”. I must say, IGAD this time has done an excellent job!. That is my reading of the document.
In this Forum I have in the past offered unsolicited advice to you on a number of topics. Some of these include the need to have two armies to safeguard the delivery of a permanent constitution, reform of institutions (security, civil service, economic, ant-corruption etc) and general election after the transitional period.
Today, I continue in the same vein.
It appears to me that this latest offering from IGAD-Plus fits the bill. I would like to urge you to compromise on certain issues such the illegitimacy of Kiir, extension of equal shares in executive branch to all the ten states and the special treatment of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states.
These, to me are adequately compensated for by articles on:
2- The Hybrid Court;
3- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission; and
4- The water-tight collegiate decisions-making between the President and the 1st Vice President.
Further positive articles are those on federalism, monitoring and evaluation, the safeguards on the electoral processes and the reorganization, professionalization, and downsizing of the army and other articles.
Of course you and your colleagues will carefully look at the draft and come up with the best options for the way forward.
However, according to the views of the many people I have talked to, the draft contains all that you have been fighting for.
Above all, it has the REBOOTING features suggested by Hilde Johnson!!
Good luck, God bless YOU and God bless South Sudan