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.

Long-awaited reconstitution of R-TNA to be finalized today: Nhial Deng

President Salva Kiir Mayardit and First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar were seen exchanging views on February 2, 2021 |Photo: © PPU

The long-awaited reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly is expected to be finalized today, February 15th, according to a statement issued by the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial.

“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 press release dated 03/02/2021.

Supplied document issued by the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Nhial Deng Nhial | Photo: © PPU

Since last year, the he South Sudanese leaders have come under international pressure to dissolve and reconstitute the Transitional National Legislative Assembly in accordance with the provisions of the peace agreement.

In July 2020, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), during its virtual conference, issued an ultimatum calling on the unity government to urgently reconstitute the new R-TNA. However, the Kiir administration has been reluctant to take their demands into account.

Kiir, Machar reach breakthrough on pending issues, agree to form TNLA

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny | Photo: File

The main signatories to the peace deal reached a major breakthrough on Tuesday in the capital, Juba, and agreed to form the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly and the Council of States before mid-February.

The statement issued today by the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Nhial Deng Nhial further reaffirmed the agreement reached yesterday by the Presidency.

“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.”

On Tuesday, the Presidency convened a meeting and agreed that:

• The unification of the top echelons of the Army Command shall be expeditiously carried out to pave the way for the commencement of the process to integrate all forces into a single National Army under one unified command.

• The graduation of the first batch of the Unified Forces currently in the various Training Centers across the country be conducted without further delay, notwithstanding the lack of equipment essential for their graduation and launch preparations to admit the next batch of trainees to the Training Centers.

• H.E, the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny, accompanied by some Vice Presidents and Ministers shall undertake a tour of different areas of the country for the purpose of disseminating (R-ARCSS).

Kiir, Machar to form Parliament next week

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy, Dr. Riek Machar
President Salva Kiir Mayardit and FVP Dr. Riek Machar |Photo:File

October 5, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s Parties to the peace deal are expected to form the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly (R-TNA) within these coming weeks said President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

President Kiir made the remarks on Saturday during the signing ceremony of the Sudanese peace agreement in the capital, Juba.

“The structure and composition of the legislature at state level have already been agreed, and the coming few weeks will witness the formation of the National Legislative Branch of Government through the setting up of our bicameral legislature consisting of Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly (R-TNLA)and the Council of States,” South Sudan’s head of state was quoted as saying.

Kiir noted that preparations are underway to graduate the Necessary Unified Forces, which is an important phase in the implementation of the Security Arrangements.

“We are also on the verge of passing out the first batch of our Joint Unified (VIP) Protection Unit that will be the nucleus of our future integrated South Sudan People’s Defense Force (SSPDF),” Kiir remarked.

He also undermined that the only outstanding issue is the need for the Parties to reach consensus on the allocation counties at the local levels.

“What remains is the agreement among the different stakeholders on the allocation of leadership positions in a handful of counties.”

“Once that is done, we will have completed the executive structure from national down to the local government level,” he added.