Defense Minister Angelina declines to appear before Parliament, citing its illegitimacy
April 23, 2020 (Thessherald)–The newly appointed Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs Angelina Jany Teny has declined to appear before Parliament after being summoned by an Ad hoc committee of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly, citing that it had become illegitimate and should be reconstituted.
“The Ministry of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs presents its compliments to your esteemed office, and has the honor and privilege to write on the subject thereof. Reference to your letter dated 14 April 2020, summoning me to appear before the IG-Transitional National Legislature Taskforce for COVID-19,” said Angelina.
Adding that, “In light of this summon request, I hereto, decline to appear before this committee for the following reasons.”
Angelina stressed that according to the peace agreement, the current Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) had become illegitimate and could have been reconstituted and expanded by the end of the Pre-Transitional Period.
“The IG-TNLA as per Article (1.4.4) of the revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) is supposed to be replaced by the reconstituted TNLA by the end of the pretransitional period,” she said.
She gave a number of reasons why she was unable to turn up after being summoned by the TNLA.
- The last function of the IG-TNLA is the ratification of the constitution amendment bill.
- The IG-TNLA has no mandate to extend its life.
- According to Chapter VIII Article (8.1), the agreement is supreme to constitution and any other legislation that is not in compliance with the agreement.
- I am ready and willing to appear before the reconstituted TNLA.
The SPLM-IO senior official said that she would not appear before the government’s TNLA until an inclusive Transitional National Legislative Assembly is established.
“Given the above-mentioned reasons, I cannot appear before the IG-TNLA until a reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly is formed. However, I recognize your concern regarding the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.”