Opposition parties criticize move for extending government Mandate  

By Morris Dogga

Opposition political parties have criticized the latest move by the government to try to extend its mandate for another three years.

On Monday the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Paulino Wanawilla presented an Amendment Bill in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly seeking the amendment of the Transitional Constitution to extend the tenure of the government for three more years.

In a phone interview with Juba Monitor yesterday, Paulino Lokudu the Chairperson of the United South Sudan Party (USSP) said the move was not consistent with the ongoing peace process, saying the government was supposed to wait for the outcome of the current peace talks being negotiated in Khartoum.

He claimed that there was no article under which the government would amend the constitution to extend their mandate.

“There is no any other legal statement that gives the powers to extend the mandate of the government,” Lokudu said adding that the current government exists through the mandate given to it by the 2015 peace agreement.

“It is only another peace agreement that will give the government another mandate,” he said.

Lokudu added that the move was controversial to the peace agreement because people would be focussing on the legitimacy of the government rather than the peace agreement.

“Such moves will prolong the talks in Khartoum,” Lukudu said.

Mathew Mayor Ayuong, the Secretary General of the National Congress Party South Sudan said there is no need for the Parliament to extend the government mandate because it was already extended in the Khartoum Declaration.

He said once the mediators signed the document in Khartoum, the next government would be formed.

“What was meant to be done by the Parliament was the confirmation of the last document but not extension of the mandate,” Mayor said.

However Deng Bior the Secretary General of the Democratic Change Party supported the move saying if there is no peace deal signed there would be a vacuum.

Deng said the extension of the government’s mandate was in line with the proposed Bridging Agreement.

He said it was the vacuum that is being filled pending signing of the agreement that is being negotiated.

“I think there is no problem with it,” Deng Bior said.





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