FORMER BOTSWANA PRESIDENT FESTUS MOGAE STEPPING DOWN AS CHAIR OF SOUTH SUDAN PEACE TEAM

JOHANNESBURG, Former Botswana president Festus Mogae is stepping down as Chair of the peace monitoring team for South Sudan set up by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Horn of Africa bloc which has been leading efforts to end the civil war in South Sudan.

The 79-year-old Mogae announced in a statement that he is satisfied with the process of peace-building in South Sudan so far and wanted to leave the peace monitoring process it in new hands.

The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Committee was formed by the IGAD, which is chaired by Ethiopia, to oversee the implementation of the August 2015 peace agreement between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy president, Dr Riek Machar.

Mogae is set to step down next month.

The conflict in the world’s youngest nation has killed an estimated 50,000 people and displaced more than four million people since 2013.

Mogae’s committee was formed following the 2015 peace deal but that agreement broke down a year later, leading to renewed violence.

Mogae is credited with brokering a new peace deal in which Kiir is President and Machar is first vice-president with four other vice-presidents from new splinter parties. This agreement was signed in Khartoum, last month.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK