South Sudan has for long awaited the graduation of its recently unified army but it seems it is yet to wait a lot more longer. The planned graduation of Necessary Unified Forces (NUF) that was scheduled for June 27-29, 2022, has been pushed further due to logistical challenges.
The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) official spokesperson and representative to the Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM), Brig. Samuel Chan said that the scheduled graduation had hit another obstacle due to inadequate funds to complete the forces integration into the national army.
The graduation of the first batch, comprising 53,000 forces, currently in 18 training centres across the country, had has dragged.
The government has cited the lack of finances, logistics, and arms embargo imposed on South Sudan as the impediments.