SOUTH SUDAN / WESTERN EQUATORIA CONSTITUTION MAKING

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A day-long workshop in Yambio, Western Equatoria, hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) brought together government representatives, civil society, faith-based groups and young people to sensitize them on the Revitalized Peace Agreement as well as their individual roles in shaping a peaceful, prosperous future for this young nation. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / WESTERN EQUATORIA CONSTITUTION MAKING
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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DATELINE: 05 DECEMBER 2021, YAMBIO, SOUTH SUDAN
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1. Various shots, workshop
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Kenyi Emmanuel Moses, Executive Director, Law and Advocacy, South Sudan:
“We asked questions like do you know what is in the content of the Agreement? Do you know [what] Chapter Six of the Agreement talks about? [What is] the need for South Sudan to go for [the] constitution-making process? So we bring the information, we create the awareness [about] what Chapter Six is; all about the principles for making this constitution and the timeline also captured under the ARCSS agreement for the completion of this constitution-making process, which is 24 months…which is about two years; and also the need to have the legislation enacted within the space of six months.”
3. Various shots, workshop
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Gordon Kumbangako, Civil Society Representative, Western Equatoria:
“We need to see implementation of these articles so that our people, our communities at the grassroots are getting information relating to [the] permanent constitution-making process. [This] means we are [on] the verge of having a peoples’ views constitution, which will be there for us and which will be there to guide the process of how the governance system can be in this country, [in] South Sudan. We are also looking at the reforms from different institutions. We know we are lacking reforms [among] different institutions. That means with this process, constitution-making process, we will know communities will give views related to issues of reforms in our institutions wherever we are working, especially our government institutions.”
5. Various shots, workshop
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Murenga, Head, UNMISS Yambio:
“We, as the United Nations, are working to support the people of South Sudan in this important process. I guarantee you that we will be with you, working with you in this important journey. And I am confident that Chapter Six is one of the things that will actually make sure that there is inclusive and sustainable peace and a very bright future for South Sudan.”
7. Various shots, workshop

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As South Sudan begins drafting its permanent constitution, it is important that every citizen is aware of the process and has the ability to have his or her concerns reflected in the document.

In this context, a day-long workshop in Yambio, Western Equatoria, hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) brought together government representatives, civil society, faith-based groups and young people to sensitize them on the Revitalized Peace Agreement as well as their individual roles in shaping a peaceful, prosperous future for this young nation.

SOUNDBITE (English) Kenyi Emmanuel Moses, Executive Director, Law and Advocacy, South Sudan:
“We asked questions like do you know what is in the content of the Agreement? Do you know [what] Chapter Six of the Agreement talks about? [What is] the need for South Sudan to go for [the] constitution-making process? So we bring the information, we create the awareness [about] what Chapter Six is; all about the principles for making this constitution and the timeline also captured under the ARCSS agreement for the completion of this constitution-making process, which is 24 months…which is about two years; and also the need to have the legislation enacted within the space of six months.”

Civil society representative Gordon Kumbangako said he found the workshop to be meaningful.

SOUNDBITE (English) Gordon Kumbangako, Civil Society Representative, Western Equatoria:
“We need to see implementation of these articles so that our people, our communities at the grassroots are getting information relating to [the] permanent constitution-making process. [This] means we are [on] the verge of having a peoples’ views constitution, which will be there for us and which will be there to guide the process of how the governance system can be in this country, [in] South Sudan. We are also looking at the reforms from different institutions. We know we are lacking reforms [among] different institutions. That means with this process, constitution-making process, we will know communities will give views related to issues of reforms in our institutions wherever we are working, especially our government institutions.”

Such workshops are necessary for communities to come together and identify issues and have their voices heard and included. For his part, Christopher Murenga, Head of the UNMISS Field Office in Western Equatoria reiterated the UN’s commitment to supporting this valuable process of drafting a permanent constitution, which is a stepping-stone to durable peace in South Sudan.

SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Murenga, Head, UNMISS, Yambio:
“We, as the United Nations, are working to support the people of South Sudan in this important process. I guarantee you that we will be with you, working with you in this important journey. And I am confident that Chapter Six is one of the things that will actually make sure that there is inclusive and sustainable peace and a very bright future for South Sudan.”
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