SPLM-IO’s Advance Team “not traveling to Juba tomorrow”

Pagak – The Advance Team of the SPLM in Opposition is not traveling to Juba tomorrow as reported and circulated on Social Media.

According to the latest timetable released by the Chairman of JMEC, the advance team is expected to travel to Juba this week as part of starting the implementation of the peace agreement.

However, several sources from SPLM (IO) have said the team will not travel to Juba tomorrow citing lacks of security assurance from Juba goverment.

In a letter addressed to the Chairman of the JMEC (Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission) Mr Festus Mogae, Gen Taban Deng Gai stressed that the “arrival of the advance team depends on the security assurance from the government in Juba and when this assurance is made” ~ a source in SPLM-IO Chairman’s office reveals

Taban in the statement reassured the JMEC chairman on the SPLMIO’s readiness for peace implementation and agreed on the phases transportation of the advance team as well as the timetable of peace implementation as issued by Festus on 14/12/205015

Moreover, according to SPLMIO officials in Pagak, there’s also difficulty in securing funds for the advance team’s accommodation in Juba. SPLM-IO previously asked donors countries and South Sudan government to provide incentives for their team’s stay in Juba. So far, no enough funds have been generated that could help accommodate the 609 officials

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