President Kiir asks Machar to submit names of officers for the unification of forces


Peace partners rising hands after signing cease fire in Juba | photo credit Eye Radio

The President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir has told his first deputy, Dr. Riek Machar, to submit the list of his officers as part of the unified command.

The president said this is to expedite the unification of the necessary unified forces.

The call came a day after the peace parties reached a deal to end the stalemate over the command structure of the unified forces.

The stalemate over the formation of a unified command is one of several crucial and unresolved issues holding up the implementation of the 2018 deal.

Speaking to the media yesterday after a face-to-face meeting between President Kiir and his first deputy, the Minister of presidential affairs Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the president has requested Dr. Riek to submit a list of his officers to form the unified command.

Marial was quoted by Eye Radio as saying that they agreed that this will open the way for the development of a unified army in the country and also, they stressed that this will strengthen peace and stability in the country.

Dr. Marial added that President Kiir said his office is always open to Dr. Machar.