Truth and reconciliation technical committee in W. Equatoria State for public consultations

The Technical Committee for the establishment of the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing is in South Sudan's Western Equatoria State to conduct public consultations.

The team formed by the national ministry of justice arrived in Yambio on Monday led by James Alfaib Jazz.

The team leader speaking upon arrival said the committee will meet state officials, faith-based groups, youth, women, and the general public to get their views on the establishment of the commission.

"This is a technical committee coming from Juba formed by the minister of justice to visit all the states in South Sudan to do the consultations with citizens on truth, reconciliation, and healing in Western Equatoria State," Alfaib said. "We have just arrived and have a meeting with the governor so that he can be aware of our visit and we can go ahead with our program."

He called on citizens to out and participate in the consultations saying truth and reconciliation are essential for the achievement of sustainable peace in the country.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Western Equatoria State Hon. Lt. Gen. Alfred Futuyo welcomed the team and gave them a go-ahead to initiate their activities.

The five-member committee is expected to be in the state for seven days and is expected to visit major towns there.

The establishment of a Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing in South Sudan, falls under Chapter V of the Revitalized Agreement on Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

The Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs is mandated by the R-ARCSS to conduct national consultations in collaboration with other stakeholders and civil society.

The ministry established a Technical Committee to conduct nationwide consultations. Views collected during these consultations will be used to draft the CTRH legislation.

Source: Radio Tamazuj