Juba, 14th September 2018. The peace deal the government and armed opposition groups signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia failed to address corruption at the root cause of the conflict, according Director of the Enough Project.
John Prendergast says the agreement has significant errors and did not tackle the looting of state resources and could easily lead the country back to war.
He points out that the peace deal lacks meaningful checks and balances on a presidency that already wields immense powers.
“This new peace deal fails to undo the theft of government revenue by entrusting the same corrupt politicians without any meaningful checks and balances", Prendergast complains.
Brian Adeba, Deputy Director of Policy at the Enough Project, says "this peace deal is simply a division of the spoils between the rival factions with the biggest guns”.
The signed agreement reinforces the status quo and increases the odds of a full-fledged return to war, he says.
The official adds that the deal fall short of talking about state capture by these politicians or reform in what he calls “hijacked institutions”.