South Sudan has reportedly paused its formation of local governments until the proposed visit of founder of The Synagogue Church of All Nations Prophet T.B. Joshua.
A senior government official told Sudans Post that President Salva Kiir Mayardit would not take further action even if the parties completed the requisite nomination process.
Joshua is reportedly billed to visit South Sudan in January. He had visited the country in November 2019 on the president’s invitation where he led Mayardit and government officials in prayer for peace.
“The president does not intend to authorise the formation of states and local governments in 2020. T.B. Joshua will visit this country in January, and after this, the local governments will be formed,” the senior official was quoted saying.
Three months after Joshua’s last visit to the East African country, a peace agreement was signed, ending the civil war which ravaged the world’s youngest country since 2013 after a fall-out between Mayardit and Vice President Riek Machar.
Prior to Joshua’s visit, multiple reconciliatory efforts had been made to restore peace in South Sudan, including a visit to Pope Francis in Vatican City where he famously kissed the feet of both leaders.