A Kenyan military General, Charles Tai Gituai is the new chairperson of Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC).
Major Gen. Tai took over the office from the interim chairperson of R-JMEC, Lt. Gen Augostino Njoroge in Juba on Sunday. Eye Rdaio has reported.
Gen.Tai was appointed by IGAD heads of states and government. The R-JMEC is responsible for monitoring and overseeing the implementation of South Sudan’s Revitalized Peace Agreement.
In his remarks, Amb. Lt. Gen. Njoroge said he was glad to have led the peace monitoring body. He called on the presidency to speed up the implementation of the peace accord.
“Throughout the period since signing the Agreement, I have had concerns about the pace of implementation. At times, it appeared to me like progress stalled. What is clear, is that the implementation pace must accelerate,” Njoroge said.
However, the new chairperson of R-JMEC thanked President Kiir for a significant progress in the peace process.
“I believe that the framework of the Revitalized Agreement, provides a credible and fair basis and platform that lays the foundations of sustainable peace to benefit the current and succeeding generations,” Gen. Tai said.
Gen. Tai said he will focus on ensuring the implementation of the peace deal. Gen. Tai has according to Kenyan foreign affairs ministry huge experiences in military gained both locally and internationally.
During his service, he has worked in command, training staff, intelligence, and diplomacy. Serving in military intelligence corps, commander of the cadets training school in Lanet, Nakuru are some of his previous positions.
The general also worked as the deputy chief of staff in charge of operations, planning, and intelligence, United Nations Mission to Sierra Leone, where he was also the Kenya Contingent Commander.