Kiir continues to dither over the NLA’s reconstitution, pushing swearing-in forward, revoking appointments, and replacing legislators.
President Salva Kiir has been dilly-dallying with reconstitution of the National Legislature Assembly, keep pushing swearing-in forward, revoking appointments, replacing legislators.
The most recent of the appointments is the revocation of the appointment of opposition leader Peter Mayen Majongdit as a lawmaker representing the Other Political Parties (OPP) along with all the OPP members in parliament.
The decree readout on the state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) did not cite any reason for the removal which comes just days before President Salva Kiir swear in the lawmakers
According to the news reaching NCMP, this comes after disagreements emerged within the opposition umbrella over nomination by Mayen of himself and a number of his family sparking outrage among senior members of the Other Political Parties.
There have been several adjustments here and there regarding the formation of the parliament in recent times, earlier in June, Kiir has revoked the appointment of 35 lawmakers to the Revitalized Transitional Legislative Assembly before they took oath of office. The 35 MPs, mostly from Kiir’s Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM), were appointed in May to take part in the new legislative assembly as stipulated in the 2018 revitalized peace agreement.
The president revoked the appointments through a presidential decree, but he did not give reasons for their dismissal.
Why this dilly-dallying? Considering that according to the Peace Agreement, these legislators already has a limited period to use with a lot of responsibilities to accomplish within this period. The swearing-in ceremony has been postponed several times, this is a source of concern to many observers
Kiir reconstituted the Transitional National Legislative Assembly in May, to date, the assembly is still not functional. The lawmakers were supposed to be sworn in today, but the president issues a statement this yesterday, adjourning the swearing-in ceremony to next Monday.
Hopefully, the swearing-in will take place as scheduled.