Disappointment as South Sudanese reflects on the past year

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Nichola Mandil BBC News, Juba

South Sudan’s unity government that was formed one year ago has been accused of failing to deliver on its promises to the people.

Some residents of the country’s capital Juba told the BBC they were frustrated that full implementation of the peace agreement hadn’t been achieved.

Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO), told the BBC the government had been decrying lack of funds yet a lot of money is used on politicians’ travels.

Zainab Osman Said, a woman activist, called for the formation of all state governments.

Mark Jambu, a youth and civil society activist says full implementation of the peace agreement was important to ensure “total peace, not just a peace agreement on the paper”.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his main rival, Riek Machar, formed a national unity government on 22 February 2020, ending six years of bloody civil war in the country.

However, one year later not all structures of the government have been established. Despite the formation of the cabinet, the Revitalised Transitional National Assembly (R-TNLA) has not been reconstituted.

Regional states’ assemblies and cabinets are yet to be fully reconstituted. A unified national army is yet to be formed.