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Lakes State MPs protest against parliamentary Speaker

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September 13, 2012 (RUMBEK) - The Speaker of the Lakes State Legislative Assembly, John Marik Makur, has been criticised by members of parliament for not allowing the parliament’s conduct of business to be amended as demanded by some MPs.

On Wednesday, lawmakers were angered by the refusal of the Deputy Speaker Nhial Enock Chahoc to continue a session debating possible changes.

One MP is reported to have padlocked the main door of the parliament building in protest.

Marik Nanga Marik MP, who represents Rumbek North County told Sudan Tribune that Lakes State parliament was not acting democratically and setting a bad example to the public.

“Democracy is a valued principle, so much so that some people have sacrificed their lives to fight for it. While no system is perfect, it seems that democracy is once again under assault. What are the challenges posed in a democratic system and are established safeguards helping to strengthen democracy or are their forces successfully weakening it?” Marik told the press, shortly after the Deputy Speaker rejected the discussion on conduct of business.

Having learned the MPs intention to discuss reforming the Conduct of Business the Lakes State Assembly Speaker John Marik Makur did not attend the discussion, according to Nanga.

"This is tactic to undermine state democracy principals“ he said.

Taban Abil Aguek MP, who represents Awerial County at the Lakes State assembly said that argument is over Article 116 of the parliament’s Conduct of Business that concerns the governance of lawmakers.

Around two thirds (32 out of 48) of MPs want the term length of specialized committee chairpersons to be limited to two and a half years down from five years. The disagreement comes over whether existing chairpersons should step down after five years or at the new limit.

“We must amend this Conduct of Business to allow democratic dream to be realize in this house” said Taban.

However, on Thursday, the Speaker, his deputy and specialized committee chairpersons held a closed door meeting but did not make public what had been discussed.

Lakes State parliament is dominated by South Sudan’s ruling SPLM but there are two independent MPs representing Wulu County.

Lakes state parliament had history of confrontation with it leaders. On August 21, 2007, the Lakes State parliament impeached state Finance Minister Philip Marol Mading during the term of former Governor Daniel Awet Akot.

The ex-minister was charged with mismanaging public funds. Also in 2007, the parliament operated under political turmoil that lead to former Speaker, Isaiah Alier Machinkok, resigning.

(ST)

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  • 14 September 2012 09:03, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Of course, those refusing r protecting their tails. What does Lakes state constitution say about this term limit? What is the practice from other states? I would like to challenge my MPs of Lakes state; who is supposed to legislate state laws of different aspects? Executive or Assembly? As I can remember, only two bills have enacted by Lakes assembly since 2005. These are Land Survey n a Taxation!

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  • 14 September 2012 09:05, by Gives-poor ’ier dues

    Wonderfull And funny! did you Lakes Mps just released that the House is doing nathing to the Community of Lakes? so then, when it come to your power struggle you try to raise community for excuse to secure positions, non of you is good and bad.
    Lakes Community regret and regret, they are saying when is 2015 will arrive,event if you use bundles or bags of usd.dollars, no way guys.

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    • 14 September 2012 19:50, by laatmachol apac

      Dear MPS
      i wish all of you should speak voice of your repective community rather individual concern.if you see that the speaker is doing things according to his will,you better pull him down from the post.it is you the house who elected him to lead you and entire community but i do not think your performance are upto date.what you all promise is zero,nothing is done as you say.

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  • 14 September 2012 09:20, by Samuel Malual

    Nobody is perfect including their diploma holder governor who claims to be an engineer. 2015, all of them will go to their houses that they have built out of community resources. From Juba to all ten States.

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    • 14 September 2012 10:01, by Morthon Akol

      Dear brothers and Sisters of Lake state. Nanga Marik was a freedom fighter, and I was thinking that Marik will follow the step of his father.
      coming to the somebody call Samuel Malual, I did’t understand what he talking about he live the topic and jump to something not related to the topic. is because there is no good law in the country Chol Tong should take him to court.

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  • 14 September 2012 10:21, by mayom maboung marek

    As Parliament, the central institution of democracy, and Parliamentarians, as the elected body that represents society in all its diversity need to be granted ample time so long the are observing The Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Assembly.
    Our MPs need to work well , It is not surprising to say 2015 Election will be tough for the incumbent MPS, since the YES VOTE is over

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  • 14 September 2012 10:21, by mayom maboung marek

    As Parliament, the central institution of democracy, and Parliamentarians, as the elected body that represents society in all its diversity need to be granted ample time so long they are observing The Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Assembly.
    Our MPs need to work well , It is not surprising to say 2015 Election will be tough for the incumbent MPS, since the YES VOTE is ove

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    • 14 September 2012 13:46, by copmakalib.

      Ample time to know what? Every thing is rigged and corrupted, the voice will call out roughly. I always appreciate the way Marik Makur and Nanga express their understandings, similarly Akolde Nhiak Jinup, you have a senses of leading humours in this government of S Sudan. Some lake state lazy looters were appointed mps without considering how to promote the state and the people.

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  • 14 September 2012 13:48, by copmakalib.

    They never know how to limit their terms either, but they often drive their vehicles hurriedly with such fool assumption of being education. Even if some of them are given 1000 years in the office, they may never retire, but fight for their positions to keep looting the government fund mercilessly, until the voices call !!!

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  • 14 September 2012 15:24, by Majongdit

    Akolde Nhiak Jinub,
    I read your comment and I feel undisturbed by your lack of knowledge about what is happening in Lakes State Assembly. What I have come to like about you is how innocent you are in portraying your true image as Chol’s cabinet begger. Go around with your plate boy... but plse read CDF law, Customary law, Disarmament guide etc.

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  • 14 September 2012 15:36, by Majongdit

    Dear all!
    Lakes is a state ruled by propaganda and conspiracy. These MPs crying out stand for public but the ring of looters who call themselves leaders do not allow free democracy. If it matters not that the public gets not it deserve then give this state to the Governor, the Speaker and the few allies around them so that they have all the freedom they want to misinform, loot, shoot the state.

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  • 14 September 2012 16:50, by Majongdit

    Go on Hon Members of the Lakes State Assembly and make everything necessary within your efforts to change the rude ways your state Governor and all the allies on his dining corruption table is ruling ur state. I am observing the governance in our states and it’s becoming clear that our states become jungles in the hands of despotic, selfish and corrupt state officials...I wish them doom!

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  • 30 January 2013 17:18, by maropl

    Dear brothers and Sisters of Lake state. Nanga Marik was a freedom fighter, and I was thinking that Marik will follow the step of his father.
    coming to katalog stron the somebody call Samuel Malual, I did’t understand what he talking about he live the topic and jump to something not related to the topic.

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