MALAKAL – Chairman of Joint Monintoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) President Festus Mogae has applauded the reception he was accorded with by residents and IDPs of Malakal town of Upper Nile State this week.
Mogae toured the war torn Malakal as part of the disaster assessment this week to check on civilians stranded at UNMISS as a result of the conflict. The JMEC chairman also paid visits to government officials in Malakal as well as residents there.
speaking to cheering crowds shortly after arrival in the area while dressed in a traditional Shilluk attires, Mogae said:
“I have never felt welcomed like this anywhere in South Sudan. With this kind of reception, I feel like the president of South Sudan today” – Mogae said to huge ululations.
Mogae visited Upper Nile (particularly Malakal) in a tour that will take him to Unity State and Bhar el Ghazal before jetting to Addis Ababa for AU summit.
In his speech to the crowd in Malakal, Mogae reiterated that the warring parties are the one to iron out the issue concerning the establishment of the 28 states since “its a political one and not legal”. but he insisted that implementation must continue on without it being hindered by the 28 states decree.
THE UPPER NILE TIMES