On Wednesday, the deputy chairman of Sudan Sovereign Council, Lt General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo alias Hemedti, flew with former South Sudan Vice President, Dr Riek Machar to Juba.
Hemedti, a close associate of deposed President Omar Al Bashir, commanded the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) that fought rebels in Darfur, committing atrocities.
In Juba, Machar and Hemedti were chauffeured to State House for a meeting with President Salva Kiir.
The mood in Juba is cheerful as the opposition and government look forward to an end of a political conflict between Kiir and Machar that plunged the nation into turmoil.
ChimpReports has learned that during the meeting, Machar raised issues which he said should be addressed before the formation of the transitional government of national unity early next year.
One of the issues is that the funds meant for implementation of the agreement have not yet been availed.
Government accuses the rebels of misusing the little funds availed to them to facilitate the formation of a new government.
Ambassador of the African Union (AU) to South Sudan, Prof. Jorom Mukama Biswaro in November told Machar’s team that “you cannot stay in the expensive hotels, spent extravagantly and then point fingers on the government for not funding the implementation of the peace deal”.
Nevertheless, Machar asked the incumbent government of South Sudan to avail the remaining funds for the implementation of the pending Pre-Transitional Period activities.
Sources said Machar expressed support for peace mechanisms to move forward on the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).
However, both parties failed to reach consensus on the issue of the number of the states and boundaries.
After signing of the 2015 peace deal, Salva Kiir increased the number of states to 28, which he later expanded to 32 states.
The opposition interpreted the move as a bid to contain the territorial control of the SPLM-IO and its Nuer constituency.
ChimpReports understands the government has now proposed to resolve the contentious issue on the peace agreement through a referendum.
The consultative meeting also evaluated progress on the implementation of the outstanding issues which include the number of states and their boundaries after the parties failed to agree on the issue last week.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Machar said they were working to ensure that they agreement is implemented.
Presidential adviser on security affairs, Tut Gatluak said the meeting discussed the implementation of the pending issues that are hindering the implementation of the peace agreement, especially the issue of the number of states.
Tut Gatluak said President Kiir and the opposition leader will meet with the security committee to review progress on the implementation of the security arrangements.
General Hemedti urged the people to support the implementation of the deal, describing the meeting as important towards the implementation of the outstanding issues on the peace agreement.