Fourth National DDR Council Meeting

Dear Friends, Partners, Supporters and Well-wishers

Warm greetings from the National DDR Commission!

It is with great pleasure that I wish to update you on the fourth National DDR Council held on Wednesday 11th September 2013, chaired for the first time by His Excellency General Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan and Commander-in-Chief of the National Armed Forces. This 4th Council Meeting, comprised of the newly appointed Cabinet Ministers, unanimously reaffirmed their unequivocal support for the National DDR Programme and committed to the fundamental principle that the programme must remain owned and led by the Government of the Republic of South Sudan.

They acknowledged that whereas disarmament and demobilisation was often accomplished readily within a short time, the reinsertion and reintegration components of the programme presented a longer term challenge to the country with potential negative consequences if not well addressed. In consideration of the aforementioned and the fact that ex-combatants are actually gallant liberators of this newborn nation, the Council owned up the challenge to make DDR attractive!

They pledged to ensure the successful reintegration of excombatants along with associated women and children, as well as veterans/wounded heroes. The Council also deliberated on alternative strategies that would help scale up and accelerate rightsizing the national armed forces faster than could be possible if only the National DDR Programme was in place.

Before adjourning, the 4th National Council Meeting passed the following resolutions amongst others:

 

  1. The inauguration of the National DDR Programme and graduation of ex-combatant should be postponed from 16th September to 18th September 2013.
  2. The National line ministry proposals and budgets for employment of ex-combatants’ work brigades should be completed and consolidated into the National Reintegration Plan and Budget as soon as possible.
  3. The National Reintegration Plan and Budget should be presented for the National DDR Council’s approval and subsequently for Parliament’s approval in time for December 2013 national supplementary budget allocation.
  4. The Government of the Republic of South Sudan will commit its own national budgetary resources to make the National DDR Programme attractive. Notwithstanding, the Government will request security sector reform donors to contribute complementary financial support to the National DDR Programme.
  5. The next National DDR Council meeting will be held after the inauguration of the National DDR Programme in Mapel.

I look forward to updating on the next National DDR Council meeting deliberatons and resolutions!

I thank you for your readership!

Yours Sincerely,

William Deng Deng

Chairperson, National DDR Comission

Secretary, National DDR Council.