Nhial accused of lying to the public about TNLA reconstitution

Members of the opposition and critics have taken to social media, accusing Nhial Deng Nhial of lying about the reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly which was supposed to be finalized on February 15, according to his previous press release issued earlier this month.


“Just imagine, one could lie to more than 12.8 people by issuing a fake press release and get away with it,” said Kalany Mamuon a fierce government critic and a member of the SPLM-IO.

“This is an absolutely irresponsible government that doesn’t live up to its promises and commitment,” said another social media user identified as John Maduk Deng.

Earlier this month, the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial issued a statement reassuring the public that the implementation of the Peace Agreement remains on the right track and that the reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly would be finalized before or on February 15th. However, the aforementioned deadline has been missed.

“Further to the Press Statement issued on the outcome of the meeting of the Presidency that was held yesterday Tuesday, Feb 2, 2021, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs hereby wishes to declare that the said meeting also resolved that the (R-TGONU) shall finalize the reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (R-TNLA) and the Council of States on or before February 15, 2021,” Nhial declared in a statement dated February 3, 2021.

Since last year, the parties have come under increasing pressure from peace monitors and the international community to speed up implementation of the peace agreement.

Some of the critical outstanding provisions of the agreement include:

• Reconstitution of the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly (R-TNA).

• Graduation of the Necessary Unified Forces, currently undergoing training at various military training centers.

• Establishments of the African Union Hybrid Court for South Sudan.

• And the establishment of the Reconstituted National Constitution and Amendment Committee, a mechanism charged with overseeing and incorporating the R-ARCSS into the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan (TCRSS) 2011.

Kiir’s office denies one of its aides, Nhial Deng contracted COVID-19

Minister of Presidential Affairs Hon. Nhial Deng | Photo: File

The Presidential Press Unit has denied speculative reports suggesting that the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial had contracted COVID-19 virus.

“The Media Department in the Office of the President has learned of a false news article trending on social media published by Sudan post website on 12th February 2021 which states that, the Minister of Presidential Affairs Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, Executive Director in the Office of the President Hon. James Deng Wal along with unnamed SSBC journalist attached to the Office of the President have tested positive for coronavirus.”

The Office of the President noted the report, speculated on Facebook and local media outlets, was incorrect and carried no concrete evidence.

“This Press statement is to clarify that this news article published by Sudan post website on 12th February 2021 is untrue and totally unfounded. The Minister of Presidential Affairs Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, Executive Director in the Office of the President Hon. James Deng Wal tested for Covid-19 and their results came out negative on February 11th ,2021.

“Only covid-19 results of the Press Secretary in the Office of the President Ateny Wek Ateny and 3 Junior staff [members] came out positive in the entire Office of the President.”

“In addition, No SSBC Journalist in the Office of the President tested Positive of Coronavirus. The Office of the President is wishing all the Covid 19 positive colleagues a quick recovery.”