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South Sudan parliament a “rubber stamp”, says ex-MP

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

September 4, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – A South Sudanese lawmaker recently unseated from the national assembly has described the legislative arm of government as a “rubber stamp” institution.

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South Sudanese MPs stand during a parliamentary session in Juba on 31 August 2011 (AFP)

Reath Muoch Tang claimed parliamentarians were breaking laws in the country with impunity to fulfill the needs of those in power.

One of the 23 MPs removed from the assembly over absenteeism, Tang currently represents the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) in Washington.

“If this parliament breaks our nation’s laws with impunity, what would become of our nation and its citizens? Where would ordinary people go to seek justice, if the lawmakers are not showing any moral compass for the nation?” he said.

Tang said he left the parliament on 15 December 2013 without submitting his resignation because the parliament was “illegitimate”, echoing the same reasons another former MP, Bor Gatwech Kuany, gave in an interview with Sudan Tribune last week.

Tang stressed the parliament had failed to hold president Salva Kiir accountable for allegedly killing of thousands of civilians by his loyal forces.

“The South Sudanese parliament did not bother to convene in order to discuss the killings of civilians by the regime in December 2013, nor did it table a motion to unseat the president,” he said.

“To me this shows that the parliament is non-existent or it’s just a rubber stamp,” he adds.

The former MP doubts if the parliament, under the current regime led by Kiir, would anymore serve as a deliberative assembly of state, as it should have been and would stand to the interest of the nation and the South Sudanese people.

He wondered why the National Elections Commission was not notified to organise by-elections within 60 days as stipulated in “Article 64, item (1,2) of the 2011 transitional constitution”.

Sources told Sudan Tribune that the decision to remove the 23 lawmakers from the assembly did not generate much discussions from the parliamentarians.

One of the lawmakers reportedly raised a legal point, arguing that the removed lawmakers had not actually been absent for 12 successive sittings.

However the point, which is seen as legally valid, was never heeded.

The conflict between South Sudanese government forces and those allied with former vice president Riek Machar has killed tens and thousands and forced over 1.5 million flee from their home since erupted in mid December.

Despite a number of peace deals signed between South Sudan’s rival factions aimed at ending the political crises in South Sudan, lack of commitment to implement has subjected the newly born nation further deeper into political and humanitarian crises.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has given both parties 45 days to negotiate and reach an agreement to form transitional national government or face serious consequences.

Talks between South Sudan’s warring parties are due to resume on 13 September in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

(ST)

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  • 5 September 2014 09:00, by Malakal county Simon

    Very right word Mr Mouch Tang and no body can say no that!! But soon they all be gone and we are going to have independent parliament.....

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    • 5 September 2014 09:25, by Madina Tonj

      Malakal Disaster county.

      Do you think the South Sudan’s lawmaker should wait Mr. Mouch Tang to come back from his defection to hold his position again? I know you guys are dreaming to set up government in Ethiopian’s holt and that dreams in your heart wouldn’t going to happen. You can go ahead sending your Ambassadors and Representatives to UN but later on, you will withdrawing them from there

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      • 5 September 2014 09:42, by Malakal county Simon

        Slave Madina

        Is not about coming back but is about being independent...... Do you agreed S.S legislative is independent?? If yes! Why not impeach unwanted president Kiir than??

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      • 5 September 2014 14:07, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

        Quote “Yes, he left Addis Ababa and arrived in Pretoria on Thursday. As you know IGAD has adjourned the peace talks till mid-September. Dr Riek Massacre will continue to mobilize for more support to the peace process so that a meaningful Khartoum oil agreement of 1997 is reached soon,” Unquote. He went for treatment of his eye not to be taken out before he becomes the President of Leer.

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        • 5 September 2014 14:08, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

          Quote “Yes, he left Addis Ababa and arrived in Pretoria on Thursday. As you know IGAD has adjourned the peace talks till mid-September. Dr Riek Massacre will continue to mobilize for more support to the peace process so that a meaningful Khartoum oil agreement of 1997 is reached soon,” Unquote. He went for treatment of his eye not to be taken out before he becomes the President of Leer.

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          • 5 September 2014 14:12, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

            Quote “Yes, he left Addis Ababa and arrived in Pretoria on Thursday. As you know IGAD has adjourned the peace talks till mid-September. Dr Riek Massacre will continue to b in bed with Khartoum so that a meaningful Khartoum oil agreement of 1997 is reached soon,” Unquote. He went for treatment of his eye not to be taken out before he becomes the President of Leer.

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    • 5 September 2014 15:17, by Mapuor

      That is utter stupidity,how can you thugs join the rebellion and yet claim to be paid by the same government that you are fighting.Hahahhah lunatics,those who are loyal to the government will replace you thugs and things move on as normal.Allutta continua.

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      • 6 September 2014 07:22, by Hardlinner

        this mp have shamed the people he is representing. Riek rebellion is not child play. Therefore that naive MP should have known better that joining rebellion would translate to automatic termination. Even his own dad would have done the same had disown him. Studid MP indeed.

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    • 6 September 2014 08:16, by Freedom Fighter

      Perfect example for a dump Nuer MP. Does he really understand what its means to be a member of parliament. Shame on you White Army.

      Freedom Fighter

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  • 5 September 2014 09:42, by Marco Bul

    This Nuer thing will come to nothing.U will only come to Juba through peace.

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    • 5 September 2014 10:09, by Rami Tot

      they r all money lovers who r can not represent any single south sudanese

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    • 5 September 2014 22:00, by akot

      only Riak will come to Juba through peace, but not all Nuer, they are already in Juba and NBGS.

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  • 5 September 2014 10:10, by Morthon Akol

    Dear brother’s and sister’s maybe someone can correct me. those MPs who left Parliament on December 15, 2014. they are seriously criticizing the parliament by saying that the parliament is breaking the laws in the country.so the question is why they did resign from the parliament? what make the to wait up to December?

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    • 5 September 2014 13:50, by Frak Cho

      Bad practice! why when one is dismissed from the system like Reath Muoch Tang, he becomes vocal that the government is not doing good and when some one is in the system, he/she is silent?

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