Kiir finally dissolves TNLA ahead of formation of new Parliament

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit, in a presidential decree, has dissolved members of Parliament ahead of the establishment of the new R-TNA slated to be formed next week.

Earlier this week, the Presidency held a high-level meeting and agreed to speed up the formation of the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly that has long been overdue.

“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,” the Presidency declared a statement.

Kiir has been accused by members of the opposition of dragging his feet on the implementation of the peace agreement by reluctantly refusing to dissolve the old Parliament of the now-defunct 32 states.

Machar backs down on General Olony’s appointment

Opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar |Photo: File

Nov 29, 2020 (Thessherald)–The leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-IO (SPLM-IO) has backed away from the long-awaited appointment of Gen. Johnson Olony, noting that it will press ahead with the formation of other states governments, except for Upper Nile.

“The SPLM/SPLA (IO) Leadership meeting in Juba has resolved and agreed that nine states governments should be formed, including counties administrations across the country,” said the Office of the Vice-President.

Adding that, “Its lists shall be submitted for the appointments, except for Upper Nile state. Upper Nile state will wait until its governor is appointed.”

The opposition group resolved that the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly should be formed as a matter of urgency in accordance with the provisions of the peace agreement.

“The national legislature should be reconstituted.”

The SPLM-IO agreed to be part of the ongoing peace talks currently underway between the government and the South Sudan Movements Alliance (SSOMA) brokered by the Community of Sant’Egidio in Rome.

“The SPLM-IO recommits to the Rome Initiative and will have its team in the R-TGONU delegation traveling to Rome for talks with SSOMA.”

Gov’t won’t dissolve incumbent TNLA until COVID-19 pandemic subsides- Official

President Salva Kiir Mayardit delivers a speech during an official gathering in Juba/Photo:File

May 2, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s government will not dissolve the incumbent Transitional National Legislative Assembly until the current global COVID-19 pandemic has subsided, according to a government official who declined to be mentioned, fearing reprisals.

“The government would not dissolve the incumbent Transitional National Legislative Assembly until the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end” the official disclosed during an exclusive interview with The South Sudan Herald.

“Basically, the implementation of every peace agreement is a step-by-step process, we expect no one to force this fact down our throats,” he said.

The Kiir administration has come under mounting pressure to dissolve the TNLA and form an inclusive Transitional National Legislative Assembly with the opposition.

Last month, during the Extraordinary 71st Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers held on online, the East African regional body, IGAD, expressed concern about the failure of the Parties to implement key outstanding issues, including the formation of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA).

“The IGAD Council of Ministers Noted with concern delays in the completion of some important Pre-Transitional Tasks such as the reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA); and in this regard, urged the President of the Republic to dissolve the incumbent TNLA before 30th April 2020, and called upon the Parties to reconstitute the TNLA in accordance with the R-ARCSS within ten (10) days of the dissolution of the incumbent TNLA.”

The Council of Ministers urged the Government and the opposition to break the impasse and agree on responsibility-sharing at the state levels as stipulated in the agreement.

“The IGAD Council of Ministers Also expressed concern with the impasse among the Parties in agreeing on responsibility-sharing at the State and Local Governments levels; and in light of this, called on the Parties to immediately resume discussions and consultations and reach on an agreement within fifteen (15) days of the issuance of this Communique.”

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.

  1. The last function of the IG-TNLA is the ratification of the constitution amendment bill.
  2. The IG-TNLA has no mandate to extend its life.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.”