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Northern Bahr el Ghazal names stand-in speaker after leadership dissolution


July 19, 2012 (WAU) - South Sudan’s state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal parliament said on Thursday it unanimously voted to temporarily allow its former deputy speaker to become the acting speaker until a new one is elected.

“It was a unanimous vote by members of the house to name honourable Monica Achol William Amoi as acting speaker until such time when we can able to elect new leadership”, a legislator said.

Tensions began a year ago when the house found itself divided. One faction of the state cabinet and a group of legislators, primarily led by eight members, advocated accountability and transparency in the spending of public funds and policy rulings, especially the supervision of the executive.

Officials told Sudan Tribune on Thursday that a row began last year when the house voted to impeach the state minister of finance, Ronald Ruay Deng, after he failed to provide convincing answers to questions raised about irregularities in 2011 budget.

Attempts to reconcile the two sides had limited success, resulting in the subsequent termination of the membership of six legislators from the country’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) branch office in the state.

Amoi was among the thirty members who appended signatures seeking Deng’s removal. She also became one of the members who approved removal of the speaker.

There is a group who do not believe the minister failed to adequately explain budget irregularities, and that his impeachment is politically motivated.

Aguer Wol Aguer, a legislator who still considers himself to be the legitimate speaker to Sudan Tribune on Wednesday said that the appropriate constitutional procedures had not been followed. He described the move as an attempt “to impose control on the legislature."

"I found my office locked today. Another padlock was put there. These are all clear indications of provocation but this will not happen. That was why I returned to my house until I was called by the Governor himself to inquire what was happening in the house", Aguer explained.

He said the state Police Commissioner, the Head of National Security and the Head of Legal Administration in the state were in the meeting he had with the state Governor on Wednesday. He described the meeting in which the discussed ways to resolve the dispute as “good” .

Majang Ngor Kuany, a former speaker of the house also said that there were irregularities which nullified the House’s edict.

More than 20 parliamentarians in the 49-member assembly voted to remove entire leadership on Tuesday.


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  • 20 July 2012 08:08, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Readers, pliz mark my words. SPLM has failed us South Sudanese people, if this is how this nation is thought to be built by these so-called SPLM loyalists. No building without transparency, n no transparency without accountability! If Ronald Deng couldn’t account 4 2011 budget n there were grounds for him to go, he shld have been allowed to go. Malong is one known SPLA greed commander n continues

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  • 20 July 2012 08:08, by Lula

    Thing are really messing up in NBEG, All complained are regards to leadership changing, but they are looking not into their mandate as being there, you may hear their voice when something is wrong with them in the house, with this great venerability on they people who are facing food gap,poor education,health and abuse legal right which is what they suppose complain, God help us.

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    • 20 July 2012 09:41, by lukee

      really what is wrong with Northern Bhar Al Ghazal people, Malong has dismiss the six guys from the Parliament with out reason guys Mlong want to spoil the mane of Bhar el Ghazal with that management in that state in the eye of the world can some1 advice him with that fragile thinking.

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  • 20 July 2012 08:26, by Majongdit

    For those who have never known the meaning of a ’Sorry Leadership’ this is it. One has to sincerely pity the innocent people of NBG. In many states it is rule of law vs authoritarian leadership of the state governors and their collaborative SPLM state secretariats.

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  • 20 July 2012 09:07, by Madiing Aweil

    iam very glad to the mps of northern baher alghazal for endorsing the female speaker Hon.Monica Achol William Amoi because this is the democracy we are looking for we wont to empower women so that they can take part in the leadrship like what Paul Malong did two years ago for appointing woman as a deputy governor weldone job

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  • 20 July 2012 11:39, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Madiing Aweil, Hon. Monic Achol got Speakership wrongly! Gov. Malong should not imposed her on people n has no powers to dismiss elected MPs whether from Party or as MPs, unless laws have been put to dustbin as happening in NBGs. Aweil is now becoming disgrace to other Bahr el Ghazal states because of Malong bad leadership n dictatorship. This behaviour is a window for SPLM to be disown soon!

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    • 20 July 2012 16:11, by Luethee Ngong Anyoun

      Akolde Nhiak and the other guy .
      I do,nt agree with you , becuase what happened in assembly sometimes itis not you to claim the position but people calim position for you , i think Achol got recommendation from the other members becuase of her performance , abilities and commitments and ready to serve people of NBeG in particular and south Sudan in general she deserved to be acting speaker .

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      • 21 July 2012 14:19, by Mike Mike

        Mr.Luethee what you said is true,but what was says by that little sub-human who called himself Akolde Nhiak is baseless and has no value at all because NBEG is for the pple of NBEG if anyone of them won the post through his/her capability then we cant be jealousy of him/her to opposed.There is a says, when your term came to an end then one must go no matter you do what to maintain the post.

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  • 30 January 2013 16:57, by maropl

    Monica Achol William Amoi because this is the democracy we are looking for we wont katalog stron to empower women so that they can take part in the leadrship like what Paul Malong did two years ago for appointing woman as a deputy governor weldone job

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