Makuei defies parliamentary summon, citing its illegitimacy

Information Minister Michel Makuei defies parliamentary summon, citing its illegitimacy /Photo: Gettyimages /AFP
Information Minister Michel Makuei defies parliamentary summon, citing its illegitimacy /Photo: Gettyimages /AFP

South Sudan’s Minister of Information, Michael Makuei Lueth, has reportedly refused a summons to Parliament, arguing that the current TNLA is no longer legitimate and should have been dissolved long ago.

“The government and the executive is a revitalized government [that] is not answerable to the current parliament,” Michael Makuei told reporters on Tuesday.

In the past few weeks, the Chairman of the Information Committee, Hon. Paul Yoane issued a statement, summoning Makuei and other top government officials over issues related to their offices.

The members of Parliament demand Makuei to shed light on “the mysterious disappearance or the whereabouts of the tallest SSBC antenna in Juba.”

However, Makuei declined to appear before the committee, arguing that the current Transitional National Legislative Assembly is on recess. He says, he will only appear before the yet-to-be reconstituted peace parliament

“I am answerable to R-TNLA; and as long they are on recess, they will continue with the recess until that time when the parliament is expanded and reconstituted according to the provisions of power-sharing,” he added.

According to the terms of the peace agreement, the Government of South Sudan and the opposition were supposed to form the Transitional National Legislative Assembly immediately after the deal was signed.

However, the Kiir administration has been accused of failing to dissolve the old TNLA which is currently on recess.

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