South Sudan parliament strategized to hold the executive accountable. Can they “walk their talk”?
Jemma Nunu Kumba, the Speaker of the National Parliament, has committed to a new strategy to increase the legislative role in holding Executives responsible. But many South Sudanese are wondering whether this parliament would follow through on its promises.
Looking back in time, the judicial and legislative arms of the South Sudan government have always been weaker, and most observers refer to them as a toothless watchdog.
For example, the former Southern Sudan Parliament under Igga and the Parliament under Rundial are both peas from the same mother. Their only purpose is to transport anything on a conveyer belt.
Except for Telar Deng, the 2013 nominated Justice Minister, none of the members of these two previous legislatures passed via a “conveyor belt.”
So, the current appointees, who may be dismissed by decree, claiming to want to hold Executives accountable, are questionable.
There are numerous activities and laws that this present legislature cannot even enforce. The parliament is likewise ineffective in carrying out its oversight tasks, raising the issue of whether they can act on their statements.
In fact, the parliament is required by law to represent the electorates, pass laws, and supervise the executive via motions, hearings, and investigations. The Transitional National Legislature’s efficiency in producing laws is projected to improve under the Strategic Plan 2021–2023.
The new document establishes the goals and objectives that will guide MPs and support personnel in carrying out their mandates and tasks as outlined in the modified constitution.
It will also strengthen the assembly’s administrative, monitoring, and accounting authority over the executive via parliamentary committees.
The new agreement, which the speaker just signed, is intended to allow the parliament to put their foot down and guarantee that people get decent government. The new document now directs MPs to identify and enact any pending key legislation stated in the peace deal, as well as to promote good governance.
They are also tasked with strengthening the rule of law and preparing the nation for a democratic transition.
South Sudanese can only hope and wait with bated breath that the parliaments would follow through on their promises.
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