Juba, 1 March 2020: After days of heated debate, South Sudan's government and the main opposition group of the former SPLA-IO have reached an agreement on the issue of distribution of the four major ministerial posts.
According to the preliminary information given to this reporter by a member of the opposition who asked for his identity to be concealed because he is not authorized to speak to media, said the government has taken the ministries of Defense and Finance, while Machar's group has taken Petroleum and Interior. The agreement of distribution of key major ministries was reached after the negotiators failed to agree which parties will take what.
The source told SSLN that the issue of four major ministries has been agreed upon after the issue was referred to President Kiir and Machar on Saturday.
Though a millstone agreement has been reached, there is still a tough way to go as to who will take the post of Ministry of National security another key post, ministry of National Security controls, the notorious of the National Security Services.
Another major ministry everyone is fixing their eyes on is the ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, since this Ministry is the responsible ministry for sending out Ambassadors to represent the government of South Sudan to foreign lands, hence, it is likely the government would like to retain it.
The source also told this reporter that Kiir's group is eying on the Ministry of Justice, another major ministry according to the source Kiir fears if this ministry is given to opposition groups this will be a big blow to him because of the issue of establishment of the proposed Hybrid Court to prosecute the perpetrators of war criminals and bring them to face justice. If established the Hybrid Court will prosecute some of the very close allies to the President including President him, that is why it is critical for Kiir to retain the Ministry of Justice to deny justice from happening after the post-war government.