August 15, 2016 (WAU) – Leader of the People’s Liberal Party (PLP) in South Sudan, Peter Mayen Majongdit, said the current Transitional National Legislative Assembly cannot guarantee institutional and legislation reforms to enforce democracy in the country, saying its decisions have been influenced negatively by the executive.
- People’s Liberal Party (PLP) leader Peter Mayen Majongdit (ST)
Majongdit said the parliament will continue as a shadow of the executive branch instead of holding the executive accountable for bad policies and actions.
“This current legislature does not guarantee the needed reforms anymore but it is a continuation of the old systems. If the future of legislature is determined by the executive then how will the legislature hold executive accountable when it is the very one appointing [its members]?” he questioned.
Majongdit added: “democracy is under threat because [there] nothing to grantee the principles of separation of powers.”
He also blamed IGAD members states for allegedly brokering a weak peace deal in August 2015, saying that the strategies designed as peace agreement centered on and invested powers in the interest of individuals leaving common citizens hostage by the leaders which “pay no respect to human rights, democracy and nationalism”.
He said “South Sudanese are more patriotic more than leaders and deserve a better democratic leader.”
The opposition leader was making the comments as President Salva Kiir opened the transitional national legislative assembly on Tuesday.
He was speaking to Sudan Tribune on phone from Johannesburg, South Africa, where he is attending an international conference on “Challenges to Democracy in Africa.”