Mogae laments ‘fragile’ South Sudan conflict

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The fighting that erupted in July in Juba South Sudan has reversed all the gains that have been made and now the country is back to square one.

According to former Botswana President, Festus Mogae who is South Sudan’s Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission chairperson, the situation remains fragile.

Mogae was speaking to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on the side-lines of the 28th African Union (AU) summit where the South Sudan conflict is amongst top Agenda items.

Africa’s youngest nation has been rocked by civil war caused by political squabbles between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar.

Five years after gaining independence, South Sudan is gripped by a civil war that has claimed almost 50 000 lives and displaced an estimated 1.6 million more people.

The UN says the situation is almost near genocide.

After the signing of the Peace Agreement South Sudan has close to 2 million South Sudanese outside as refugees and over 500 000 internally displaced.

Mogae says the conflict has stalled the country’s developmental agenda

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– By Amos Phago