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N. Bahr el Ghazal lawmakers split over chief whip’s removal


April 22, 2015 (JUBA) – MPs in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state are sharply divided over the manner in which the government chief whip was removed from his position, claiming he has abandoned his role.

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Members of the Northern Bahr el Ghazal legislative assembly take an oath of office (paulmalongforgovernor.org)

Lawmakers announced on Monday the removal of Benson Upuothmalo from the parliamentary caucus and from being government chief whip.

State legislator Angok Achuol told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that the leadership felt it would be wise to remove the chief whip who had allegedly abandoned his duties and roles in the assembly.

In a separate interview, the chief whip protested his removal, saying MPs had no authority to remove him since he was appointed by the governor.

“Yes, I heard some members decided to replace me from parliamentary caucus and put Deng Ayom in the place until when arrangement is made,” Upuothmalo told Sudan Tribune.

“I do not have a problem with that because this is within the competence of the house. What is not within the competence of the house is their claim to have removed me from the government chief whip. This is outside the competence of the house,” he added.

He vowed to remain in the role until a new governor is appointed, saying the decision would be up to him.

Northern Bahr el Ghazal’s former deputy speaker, Athiang Manok Athing, has also provided full support of the chief whip’s comments.

“The government chief whip is never the competence of the state legislative assembly. It is like in the national assembly, the chief whip is appointed by the president. In the states, they are appointed by the governors. The assembly has no constitutional role in the appointment and dismissal at all,” Athiang said on Wednesday, describing the assembly’s decision as “unconstitutional and illegal”.


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  • 24 April 2015 19:38, by Mike Mike

    NBeG State Legislators have lost their mandate and the roles they were voted in to do in the parliament as a reward back to their poor people. Is it not a shameless thing for the people of one Party to keep in opposing themselves because of the leadership matter?. They have started it with governor and now shifted on the SPLM chief whip and they will even reneged on many more leaders in this State

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