NGOs and RRC Acts confusing, Lawyers say

By Kidega Livingstone

A group of lawyers from South Sudan Law Society have said the Non-Governmental Organization and the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) Acts 2016 are confusing.

They demanded that Human Resources officers from the two institutions should come together in one forum in order for them to have a critical look on how the acts operate.

Speaking during a consultative meeting on Non-Governmental Organization  Act that brought together Community Based organisations and Civil Society Organizations(CSOs) operating in the Country yesterday , one of the Lawyers  from South Sudan Law Society, Victor Lowila, said  the documents doesn’t  give right direction on how  the law  operates  though the information contained  are valid and important.

Mr. Lowila said the manner in which the acts were passed was contradictory because the two Acts would have been passed into law at the same. He said for example the word “operation licenses “should be used as certificates of registration but in the same document, they are different and all mean different function.

“There is a conflict now in the two acts because they were not passed in the same line with the transitional constitution of the Republic of South Sudan. One law should passed first and the second later, but for the NGO Act and the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission Act, they were passed at the same time,” Mr. Lowila argued.

The RRC Act and NGOs Act were ascended into law by the President of the Republic, Salva Kiir Mayardit on 10th February 2016. The RRC Act divided into Seven Chapters; meanwhile NGOs Act is divided into Four Chapters.

The lawyer argued that these two laws don’t   boost relationship between the International NGOs and National NGOs because the Law contradicts the operations of these entities.

Local and International NGOs operating in South Sudan had opposed the bills before they were passed into laws.

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