The East African regional bloc, the InterGovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), had appointed former president of Botswana, Festus Gontebanye Mogae, to head the monitoring commission to be set up to monitor the implementation of the peace agreement signed between South Sudan’s warring parties. Mogae’s office announced that the former president was now chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) for South Sudan’s peace agreement.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who doubles as the Chairman of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) – applauded Mogae for taking up the assignment. In a letter of appointment, IGAD chairman said the decision was reached after a lengthy consultation among heads of state and government in the region. He commended the ex-president for accepting “heavy responsibility” of monitoring the implementation of the peace agreement between the rival parties in the world’s youngest nation.
Dessalegn assured the incoming head of JMEC that the IGAD leaders and all partners in the IGAD-PLUS will continue their commitment and support to ensuring full implementation of the Agreement. He also said the effort will continue throughout the negotiation process to give their strong and all round support to the JMEC Head towards ensuring the full implementation of the Agreement.
IGAD is an eight-country trade bloc in Africa made up of governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley, and the Great Lakes. The member-states are Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Sudan and South Sudan.
The JMEC is a mechanism established by the recent peace agreement to encourage and monitor its implementation.
Mr. Mogae (born 21 August 1939) is a Botswana politician who served as President from 1998 to 2008. He succeeded Quett Masire as President in 1998 and was re-elected in October 2004. He stepped down in 2008 and was succeeded by Lieutenant General Khama Ian Khama. Mogae studied Economics in the United Kingdom, first at University College, Oxford and then at the University of Sussex. He returned to Botswana to work as a civil servant before taking up posts with the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of Botswana. He was Vice-President of Botswana from 1992 to 1998.