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Warrap parliament writes to speaker over impeachment of state governor

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By Ngor Arol Garang

October 7, 2011 (JUBA) - An MP from Warrap state Thursday accused South Sudan’s Vice President, Riek Machar, of intimidating lawmakers into not voting against a motion attempting to impeach state governor Nyandeng Malek Dielic.

Ariec Mayar Ariec was one of 26 MPs who voted for the governor’s impeachment maintains that proper procedures were not followed by the speaker.

The MP claims that some legislatures missed the vote after being "intimidated" by the Vice President through the state’s speaker. He told Sudan Tribune that because not every MP was present and no time was given to discuss the motion the vote was "illegal and unconstitutional".

Ariec said that the speaker hastily ordered the vote against governor after a phone call with Machar, despite only 41 of the 48 member being present.

The lawmaker said they asked for an adjournment of the voting in line with constitutional requirement which requires that voting take place only after all the procedures have been followed including presence of the whole membership of the assembly.

According to the MP, the speaker quoted Machar as saying that "the charges brought against governor were baseless“ claiming that the security situation in the state had been no better under previous governors Luis Anei Kueidit, Anthony Bol Madut and Tor Deng Mawien served.

"Some of these governors were senior military officers and failed to control the security who now Nyandeng [Malek]. Please tell members of Warrap State Assembly to drop this charge and leave Nyandeng [Malek] alone”, Machar is quoted as saying.

“This was the speaker told us in the deliberations of the assembly. So we are not the ones accusing the vice president. It was what we were told by the speaker with whom they spoke”, he said.

“This was what confused the situation in the Assembly. The interference of the vice president who was actually the acting president at the time was unconstitutional”, he said. Salva Kiir was on a trip to New York to address the United Nations as the first president of the independent Republic of South Sudan.

The lawmaker said they are preparing another motion because they were only 41 at the time the voting he said was imposed by the speaker took place of which 26 of them voted against the governor 15 voted in support of governor while seven were absent.

“Despite all these tricks and intimidations we do not recognise Nyandeng [Malek] as the legitimate governor of Warrap state. Because what happened was illegal and unconstitutional and we are still disputing”, he said.

To details their complaints a groups of MPs sent a one page letter addressed to Warrap speaker, Madot Dut Deng, objecting to alleged imposed procedures and claims of intimidation during a failed attempt to impeach the state governor.

On 27 September, officials from Warrap told Sudan Tribune that the state assembly voted against an attempt to remove state governor from her office. Eleven charges were raised against including denying the prevalence of severe malnutrition in the state despite reports that some people have died of hunger. MPs also claim that the governor has no agenda to implement.

Some of the charges include; administrative failure to control rampant sectional fighting in the state; lack of transparency and accountability in spending public funds; refusal to establish a fiscal planning commission office in the state provided for in the constitution; awarding contracts to individual contractors without seeking approval from the assembly.

The letter, addressed to the speaker and copied to president of the republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit and the local office for South Sudan’s ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the state, quoted article 56(1) of the Warrap State Interim constitution as source of constitutional reference for objecting alleged interference.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, has the right, under the constitution of the country, which became independent in July, to dismiss elected officials if national security is at risk.

Signed by 32 MPs, the letter, accused the speaker of the house of having imposed the vote of confidence on the parliament while some members were not in attendance.

“This was unconstitutional and against article 56 (3) (a) of Warrap interim Constitution. You took the decision to impose the voting under instruction of the vice president of the republic of south Sudan”, the letter says.

“You objected a motion raised by Hon. Dominic Deng Mayom requesting adjournment of the sitting to the following day even though it was supported by the majority members. This was unconstitutional decision because your decision objecting motion raised by honorable member contradicted article 73 of the interim constitution of Warrap State and therefore a clear violation of constitution of the constitution of Warrap State”.

But speaker Madot in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Thursday denied all the charges. He said that media reports that he or South Sudan’s Vice President Riek Machar had ordered the stoppage of the voting procedures were "rubbish".

"The[they do not hold any single truth whatsoever. Neither me nor vice president had ordered stoppage or imposition of the voting”, Madot told Sudan Tribune by phone from Kuacjok, the capital of Warrap.

He said that Machar’s involvement was purely inquire on what was happening in Warrap because he was informed a day before the voting took place.

“He was only calling for confirmation of whether what he heard was correct. That was what happened. He did not instruct me to cancel or impose the voting”, Warrap’s speaker said.

Anei Mangong Anei, Warrap’s minister of information in the state also denied the vote on the competency of the governor had been rushed so as to help her hold off the challenge to her authority.

“It was a lost motion. The members who raised the motion were defeated because in the constitution of Warrap 36 members are required for a vote impeaching governor. This was not the case. The members who voted in favor of impeachment against the governor were 26 while 14 voted in the favor of Governor and 2 abstained," Anei told Sudan Tribune from Kuacjok, capital of the state.

He said they will not give up as article 70 of the interim constitution of Warrap State says that power is given to the majority and as the majority the governor should go.

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  • 8 October 2011 09:10, by Luka Manyuon Gai

    Dear fathers and Mothers of our tens states I thing there is no new thing in south sudan even though you complain not thing will be implomented by our leaders not Nyadeng Malek alone all Governors need to be change

    thanks

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    • 8 October 2011 20:56, by Lok T. Simon

      Dear Southerners,

      We complaint when there is nothing to complaint about and we keep quite when we see something bad. For instance, big ranked offices have a huge number of people that need a huge budget to be issue out for them. We cried for curruption, but we don’t complain to the government to dismantle big H/Q who normally withdraw big budget. Why should we still have big number of bodyguard

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    • 8 October 2011 22:05, by Abyei Soil

      Warrap should be the example to other 9states of RSS because the MPs we’ve by now are greedy. They don’t know the word patience. I hate these leaders because of only one thing corruption that is why they are scuffling around, in fact Nyandeng did not allow them a chance to get self pay. I am sorry for this.

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  • 8 October 2011 17:24, by BOTH NGUOT

    TRIED AND WE SHALL FOLLOW.
    It is good that the people of Warrap state started to complain against their governor for failure of security and corruption. A move which was started before by unity and jonglei state since the signing of comprehensive peace agreement in 2005. so i am supporting this move if the state parliament can able to remove her then, it can be followed by other states

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  • 8 October 2011 18:02, by wol one

    Hi! dear warrap’s people is that the way we voted you to be in the parliament, as i have seen all the works since election of this Governance in warrap state nothing has been development with the state as whole.second to that as people voted for the Governor to be remove what let the vice president to interfer to the state affairs as it is done that large number vote the Governor out of her post.so give that those who done that voting even though the speaker made not confirm report.

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  • 8 October 2011 23:06, by William Deng Chang

    Oh yes! Democracy in action!

    If the path taken is believed to produce desirable results for voters in Warrap State, then consistency on what has begun is the right thing to do. It is the duty of parliaments to act and procure democratic rights for people. In the end, the government in Juba will have no option but listen and yield power to the people of Warrap through their parliament.

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  • 9 October 2011 04:51

    only warrab citizens have right to remove the governor, not state ministers. i believe those ministers want to remove governor becuase she restrict them from stealing public fund.

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  • 9 October 2011 10:38, by Samson w

    Dear citizens of warrap.
    I appreciates the motion being raised by the active and able Mps whose mission is not to develop heir selves but to rise the state into the better state,congs Mps and never give up in impeaching this female governor until when she realizes her mistakes.No post is permanent she has to go otherwise she was luck to be given that post.

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  • 9 October 2011 15:39, by KUEK DENG

    Nyandeng Malek MUST leave the position
    our parliment is doing right,
    staying idolly is the we need
    " developmentin state"

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  • 10 October 2011 08:52, by MBA

    I regret my Vote. Nyandeng Must step down becuase she has fail totally.

    Mathiangdit

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