Juba, December 14, 2016 (SSNA) — The Chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission Festus Mogae has praises South Sudanese President salva kiir for unveiling a national dialogue initiative.
Mogae says he congratulated Kiir for reaching out to South Sudanese communities, saying the dialogue is needed in South Sudan.
“I am delighted to hear President Kiir reach out to his people with such strong and heartfelt words and launch this much-needed National Dialogue initiative,” Mogae said in a statement obtained by the South Sudan News Agency.
“The President has seized a critical opportunity for national reconciliation, appealed for a spirit of forgiveness and togetherness and set in motion a genuine campaign to address the concerns and grievances of the South Sudanese people. I applaud his leadership and I give my assurance that JMEC will support the National Dialogue in any way we can,” he added.
In his addresses the parliament today, Kiir told MPs that national unity is important and calls South Sudanese to forgive him for his mistake.
“In the spirit on national unity, forgiveness, and dialogue, I’m asking you the people of South Sudan to forgive me for any mistakes I might have committed,” he said.
Kiir’s chief rival, Dr. Machar, proposed a national reconciliation initiative after south Sudan’s independence to bring together groups from all south Sudanese communities and participate in the process. However, in April 2013, President Kiir issued a presidential decree, suspending the process. Kiir’s allies later claimed Machar was using the initiative to promote himself and for a political propose