Why is Jonglei state governor fighting to save the state financial minister?
Denay Jock Chagor, Governor of Jonglei State, suspended two members of the state parliament on Friday after the legislative body threatened to impeach his finance minister.
In a governor proclamation claiming his constitutional authority, Chagor suspended parliamentarians Anter Bayak Kuol and Gatluak Gabriel John.
“In exercise of the authority bestowed upon me by Article 99 (2)……
“I, Denay Jock Chagor, Governor of Jonglei State, now issue this order for the suspension of members of the Jonglei State Legislative Assembly,” the decree states.
The lawmakers were suspended a week after the state legislature approved a no-confidence motion against a finance minister.
Following Tuesday’s vote of no confidence, Jonglei State Finance Minister Abraham Yuek risks impeachment or resignation.
He had come before the state legislature to discuss the state budget and public workers’ pay delays.
Meanwhile, government employees’ strikes and rallies have rattled the state capital Bor town this week.
According to the spokesman for the Jonglei State Labor Union, state workers have gone on strike over the non-payment of their five-month wage arrears.
Ibrahim further said that the striking employees want the state administration to dissolve the so-called “screening committee for payment of arrears,” which was reportedly constituted to settle the wage strike.
Later that day, three strike ringleaders were detained as they prepared for a peaceful rally over unpaid salary in the state capital Bor.
According to Ibrahim Dhieu, the spokesman for the Jonglei State Workers’ Trade Union, those detained include David Mayen, the Chairperson of the Jonglei Workers’ Trade Union, and his secretary, Samuel Majier Looch.
Reuben Matio Mayol, the President of the Teachers’ Union, was also detained.
According to Ibrahim, the three was detained this afternoon on the instructions of state Governor Denay Jock Chagor.
The suspension, according to Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization, is improper and should not be accepted.
“I would want to use this occasion to remind the Jonglei State leadership that the renewed agreement demands an open and fair space for discourse among diverse parties,” Yakani added.
“And state parliamentarians are the proper body that may raise a question and check and balance to ensure that the state’s activities contribute to the agreement’s execution,” he said.
Last Monday, Governor Denay Chagor removed Bor Town Mayor James Gai Makhor and replaced him with Samuel Ateny Pech.