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S. Sudan assembly speaker denies receiving executive order on parliamentary changes

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June 26, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s parliamentary speaker, Magok Rundial, has denied receiving orders from the presidency, instructing him to make changes to parliamentary procedures.

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South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, gestures during a news conference in the capital, Juba, on 18 December 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

Rundial last week reshuffled the heads of specialised parliamentary committees, generating mixed reactions from MPs, some of whom had hoped to be appointed.
The decision came after weeks of internal wrangling within the ruling Sudan people’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

“I did not receive an order from the presidency. The changes made in the parliament for the heads of specialised committees is constitutional,” he told Sudan Tribune on Thursday, adding that the changes were “in line with parliamentary code of conduct” signed off by the House requiring committee heads to be reshuffled every two years.

Rundial said reports that he had received instructions from the presidency were fabrications by people whom described as enemies of peace.

The newly appointed committee heads are widely seen as staunch supporters of president Salva Kiir.

The move was protested by many leading members of the SPLM, as well as opposition figures, some of whom threatened to boycott all parliamentary sessions unless the decision was reversed.

Several MPs who spoke to Sudan Tribune on condition of anonymity claimed the changes were made without wider consultation so as to exclude legislators who had come out publicly in support for a federal system of government.

“You know how things are done in this country. There are certain people who do not want others to say what they see right. There are people who see the issue of federalism as becoming another headache to the government, especially if there are members known to have a desire for a fully established federal government in the country,” one MP told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

The legislator called on the government to allow open debate on a federal style of governance.

“We know very well some of our colleagues were removed from being heads of the specialised committees because they have expressed their views in support of [a] federal system. Others have [been] denied appointment because of the same thing. They expressed their views in favour of federalism,” he said. “We will stand against this appointment,” he added.

Meanwhile, the main opposition party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC) rejected the changes, claiming it did not reflect the regional balance of power sharing.

Kiir dissolved his entire cabinet last July, as well as cutting the number of national ministers, in a move he claimed was in response to public demands for a leaner, more cost-effective government.

However, critics argued his true intention was to get rid of his rivals within the government.

Observers say it is likely the party’s executive also played a role in the new appointments given the president’s previous intolerance towards those that criticise his government.

In 2013, he said anyone publicly criticising the government should leave, asserting that a person cannot criticise the same government in which the person serves and expect to be a part of it at the same time.

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  • 27 June 2014 07:25, by Malou Manyiel

    Who you are as a leader, is who you attract onto your team. A leader should learn how to influence people by listening to them, observing them and learning what make them tick. Good leaders gain momentum at this point by helping solved 80% of the problems faced by his people. God, when shall we have these kind of leaders in our beloved country?

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  • 27 June 2014 09:14, by Dam Musa

    Kiir`s Government is for Change and reshuffle who advised him as such. Please quit if it is too big for you. If you don`t , then you will end up appointing no one other than your wives, children and in-laws. Honestly we are tired of you and your government.

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  • 27 June 2014 09:18, by Gen.Quack

    @sudantribune, it is my first time to get the rebelled media, please try to show yourself to the people instead of snatching and grabbing words which are not true and correct at the same Time without source, what is wrong with the supporters of kiir being appointed at the assembly to head the specialised committees, secondly you always talk of analysist who have no names and image, how can you com

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    • 27 June 2014 14:30, by Ito

      Those of us who are verse with the back door agenda of this tribal government always tell the public on different fora that this government is a government set to benefit only one tribe. You the MPs from other regions who always support the regime now come to realize the truth. Now you are not allowed to even talk about any system of government but to sit and support what one tribe says. Please

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      • 27 June 2014 14:35, by Ito

        don’t let your personal interest or the bribes that you get to destroy others. But my question again is why would anyone be bribe by his own money? You the MPs now need to wake up and go back to mobilize your people for liberation of this country. Can you really work in an environment where you have no right even to express your opinion. I said before that fire will burn upto the August house.

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