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Jonglei lawmakers call for speaker to resign


JUBA, May 31, 2012 –The parliament of Jonglei State has been split in a row over demands for the Speaker to resign.

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Jonglei state Speaker, Peter Chol Wal, the opening of state assembly in Bor, ahead of South Sudan’s referendum on independence. December 14, 2010 (ST)

A group of Members of Parliament (MP) are demanding that Peter Chol Wal resigns. Wal claims that their demands are unlawful.

“I think I have defeated them – I will not resign because six people, according to constitution of the assembly, cannot ask the speaker of parliament to resign” said Wal, citing the constitutional requirement of a two thirds majority vote of no confidence.

Philip Thon Nyok, the MP representing Bor town in Jonglei state parliament, who speaks on behalf of the group demanding the speaker’s resignation, said Wal is not doing enough to bring ministers into parliament to be questioned by lawmakers regarding their poor performances.

Nyok said that “we are rejecting the Speaker […] when we elected the Speaker it was in the SPLM [South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement] caucus, it was not in the Assembly. Yes, if the Speaker is [...] not calling the ministers, how do we know, as MPs, how the ministers are working? Is he doing well? Is he not doing well?”

He explained that the Speaker is also charged with calling MPs to parliament to be impeached, inform the community what is being done by the executive, but currently “we are kept blind”.

On May 8, a group of six lawmakers wrote to the Jonglei State governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, calling for the Speaker to resign. The letter alleged 13 charges related to the state constitutional violations. Included in this was the claim that the Speaker had been intimidating MPs, administrative incompetence, financial malpractice and more.

In a interview on Radio Jonglei, Nyok said the prices of basic commodities in the state have rocketed, the market in the state capital, Bor, is flooded and the state hospitals have insufficient medical supplies. He accused some of the Jonglei MPs of not doing enough for the state.


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  • 1 June 2012 05:17, by never

    we all knows that jonglei state is full of corruption and tribalism. a lots of wrong people in the state for instance Jier chuang/Simali konyi/kuol m/athor pass/dr.riak gai/although dr. riak m is from unity, he also have a lots of influence in the state.

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    • 1 June 2012 08:45, by Ayom Dor

      You have just generalised all worse and yet, they r also the Architects of the movement, be it, Successful Heroes or Militias! Current failures r only from the current state’s government..Kuol and his groups...Still our future will be brighter afterwards!!

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      • 1 June 2012 22:24, by Force 1

        According to the state constitution 2/3 majority is needed to overturn speaker leadership, therefore have an upper down vote and if the parliament vote 2/3 to throw the speaker out, then that’s what is called democracy.

        If 2/3 majority is not achieve, then the only six disgruntle member of the parliament should either get back to work for their people or resigned themselves.

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    • 1 June 2012 09:19, by Jeti

      Unlike other states, Jonglei state is the only state with minimum corruption. The level of education is high, so all the MPs are educated, with the less educated are those with degrees.
      Speaker must step aside and go to his cattle camp.

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      • 1 June 2012 11:29, by Gatdit Kol

        The most corrupt state in South Sudan is Jonglei because the ministers,MPs plus other government officials are corrupt though they are educated.
        If the current regime of Kuol Manyang is removed from the power,Jonglei will have very strong unity....

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    • 1 June 2012 11:24, by Gatdit Kol

      Shame on you Mr.Never.Your fellow Dinka are the one destroying the system in Jognlei state e.g Kuol Manyang,Chol Wal and many others in Jonglei.Fuck all Dinka who are always insulting Dr.Machar.Our turn we Nuer is now very near.We will lead you.

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      • 1 June 2012 11:33, by Jeti

        Gatdit Kol,

        God forbide! What an illiterate person are you! Please reframe yourself before it’s too late.
        It does not matter who will rule next. It can be from any tribe, though tiny or large.

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        • 1 June 2012 18:57, by Gatdit Kol

          Which Tribe you belong to Mr. Jeti? Do you belong to Jonglei?
          In Jonglei things are in big mess.The reign will not be given to other tribes in Jonglei,Dinka Bor will not allow other tribes to have chance.Most Jonglei politicians are struggling for Jonglei to be separated but there is hindrance from the ruling regime led by Kuol Manyang Juuk.

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      • 1 June 2012 14:26, by Loko El Pollo


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        • 1 June 2012 20:11, by Gatdit Kol

          Iam not selling out your state but telling the truth.Every South Sudanese knows that Jonglei is the most corrupt state in South Sudan.There are unqualified ministers who terminate people.The minister for labor and public service is not qualified but she is terminating people.Is that logic?

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  • 1 June 2012 11:36, by Gatdit Kol

    I agree with the six MPs who appeal to the state administration for the speaker,Mr. Chol Wal to resign.
    Our government is a democratic government in which the citizens should express their right.Really Chol Wal is passive in his work,he doesn’t say anything while he has been appointed the state speaker.He failed to talk about last month flood here in bor town.

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    • 1 June 2012 16:16, by Jimmy A. Makur

      @ Mr. Kol,

      The issue is about calling for resignation of Mr Speaker Peter Chol Wal. So it is not about who should rule now or next.It ’ll be upto South Sudanese to decide who will lead them not the tribe.


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      • 1 June 2012 20:22, by Gatdit Kol

        Chol Wal should resign unless the MPs have no say there in Jonglei.There is no democratic governance in Jonglei because MPs are not allowed to exercise their of speech.

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  • 2 June 2012 16:24, by Zeki

    Is not only Chol Wal to go, but whole parliament of Jonglei must go.

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