National Youth Union dissolved
Dr. Nadia Arop Dudi, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports addressing sports journalists during a closure of Al Jazeera Media Institute training on 22-03-2019 at Juba Land Mark Hotel (Credit: David Mono Danga)
By Moses Gum
The National Youth Union has been dissolved through Ministerial order by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, a week ago after several petitions from youth against the Union.
Minister Dr. Nadia Arop Dudi issued the order last week.The Ministerial order no.2/2019 dated 25/3/2019 seen by Juba Monitor dissolved the Executive and Council of South Sudan National Youth Union as from the date of the signature.
Minister Nadia Arop dissolved and directed the concern Youth Directorates and security organs to strictly observe the order.
“In exercise of the powers conferred upon me under article 114 (1) (200) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, do hereby issue Ministerial order No.2/2019 for the dissolution of the Executive and the Council Bodies of South Sudan national Youth Union with effect from the date of signature,” Dr. Arop said.
The Minister directed the Directorate of Youth in the Ministry in collaboration with security organs to be responsible for the office of the South Sudan National Youth Union until the formation of the preparatory committee for the second National Youth Union convention.
Dr. Arop also directed the security organs to seize all the assets of the Union as well as freezing its accounts.
According to the minister, the order must be observed without failure. The Office of the President, the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Youth, and Director General of the Internal Security Bureau, ongoing committees and media have been served with copies of the order.
The Secretary General of the National Youth Union Gatluak Bol said the decision taken by minister Dudi was not appropriate since they were working to make sure that a convention is held.
“We got news of the dissolution of the Union on social media and no official statement so far,” Gatluak said.
According to Gatluak the youth body was established through council was formed through the convention which was held in March 25th2015.
He said the administration of the National Youth Union was supposed to appoint an electoral committee before the end of its term but it was hindered by financial challenges.
“We presented a proposed budget in October 2018 to the office of the Minister for approval. The budget was meant to conduct National Youth Convention in 2019. The ministry failed to approve it,” Gatluak said.
Gatluak is still arguing that he has legitimacy as his administration prepares to hold national convention.
Last week at the EAC Policy Youth Bill discussion in Juba, a member of the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) in Arusha Tanzania representing South Sudan Kim Gai Tut stressed the need for youth to convene the general assembly meeting and elect new leader.
“If the term of the incumbent youth leadership elapsed, they are supposed to organize elections to choose a leader. An interim body has to be constituted to conduct elections within a given time frame,” Kim stated.
He said for the former elected youth leaders to stay in office after their term ended was illegal.
He stressed the need for following lawful procedures guiding youth organizations and that constitutional procedures should be respected to ensure that all have right to exercise their work in a fair and just manner.
According to Kim, the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) as a regional body is pushing to expedite the enactment of the East African Community (EAC) Youth Council Bill 2017 into law to embrace the full participation of young people to the regional affairs.
Kim who is the youngest Member of Parliament in EALA said the problem of Youth Union in South Sudan reached the attention of EALA youth Desk and that it must be resolved lawfully.
Attempts to reach the Union’s leader Dr. Albino Bol Dhieu for comments on the dissolution were unsuccessful.