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S. Sudan lawyer petition East African Court of Justice

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May 10, 2017 (KAMPALA) – A South Sudanese lawyer, Santino Wani has file a petition in the East African Court of Justice (EACJ), saying the manner in which South Sudan selected it seven members to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) was “unconstitutional”.

On 11 March, 2017, South Sudan President Salva Kiir appointed seven persons to represent the young nation in the East African legislative body, with four from the country’s ruling party, two from the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) and one from other political parties.

This action, according to the petitioner, seriously contravened the provision of Article 50 of the East African Community (EAC) treaty, which requires member states to elect representatives to EALA.

“It therefore need our attention to file notice of motion as interest parties to challenge the constitutionality of such decision,” said Wani, in an email to Sudan Tribune.

The lawyer petitioned South Sudan’s attorney general, the speaker of South Sudan’s national assembly and the EAC’s secretary general.

Meanwhile, the East African Court of Justice has given the respondents 45 day to file their responses to the filed petition.

South Sudan became a member of the regional body on 15 April, 2016, five years after it gained its independence from neighbouring Sudan.

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  • 11 May 19:26, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    It seem to me as cohabitation,in other words an arrangement in a semi-presidential system in which he works with thosep government with their assembly being control by their rival party or parties with principal assemblies as legislation,representation,scrutiny,political recruitment and illegitimacy but if it is an important moral dimension that is ok

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  • 11 May 19:29, by Fair Man

    Lelo,
    Just go ahead with your plans as you deemed it necessary. We can not allow the JCE to import their undemocratic governance system in J1 in East African Community. Although we are aware how former guerilla fighter (rebel) turned President of Uganda, Y.M Kaguta is running the EACJ like his Rwakutura animal farm where Dr. John Garang de Mabior’s death was planned, EACJ is still trusted.

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