Juba, 2nd September 2017. The proposed revitalization of the peace in South Sudan needs a free space for all to understand and own the process, says Executive Director of Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance.
Jame David Kolok, also a member of Transitional Justice Working Group, says the National Security Service did not grant them permission to hold a forum on the revitalization of peace process last Wednesday.
He says they have been organizing several forums previously, but this time the permission took long.
David says civil society organizations think that such forums would help in deepening the understanding of the ordinary South Sudanese citizens.
He adds that the forum would also help in setting topic of discussion which can be put on the table during the process.
David expresses civil society commitment to continue pushing ahead and interact with National Security and government officials to find possible way of ongoing with the process.
He says giving no clear reason might not be helpful for the country that is aiming at practicing democracy.
Early this week, government spokesperson, Michael Makuei told reporters that they are still waiting for IGAD to discuss and understand how the process of revitalization of peace agreement will go.
The activist was reacting to the National Security Service after refusing to give them permission to hold a forum on the revitalization of peace process last Wednesday.