Parliament incorporates ARCSS into Constitution.

MPs during the incorporation of the 2015 ARCSS into the constitution in the August House (photo by Woja Emmanuel Wani)

By Woja Emmanuel Wani

The Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) has incorporated the 2015 peace Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) into the constitution despite calls from civil society organizations to wait for the revitalization of the agreement.

Speaking to the press after the sitting, the chairperson of Information of the specialized committee, Paul Yoane said that the incorporation of the agreement into the National Transitional Constitution was a great success to the nation.

“The TNLA has made a very big achievement today that is the incorporation of the TNC amendment bill 2018 incorporating the ACRSS into the constitution of South Sudan 2011 amended 2018,” he said.

“This has been a very big milestone in the history of our country that this agreement has been incorporated into the constitution,” Yoane added.

He cited that the incorporation of the 2015 agreement into the constitution signifies that all the articles agreed upon in the agreement are already part of the constitution of the republic of South Sudan.

“You don’t need to talk that we have an agreement this side and constitution this side,” Yoane stated.

Last week over 200 Civil Society Organizations presented a petition to the Transitional National Legislature calling for the suspension of all debates on all issues including the incorporation of the 2015 agreement on the resolution of conflict and directly lead a campaign for peace until the parties agree to end the conflict.

Rajab Muhandis, the executive Director‎ for South Sudanese Network for Democracy and Elections (SSuNDE) who spoke on behalf of the organization told journalists that the parliamentarians should speak on behalf of the people they represent.

He said all the current debates at the TNLA are not a priority for the people adding that the MPs should focus on the revitalization forum that seek to end the conflict.

The petition was received by the deputy chairperson of the information committee in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) Phillip Jiden Ogal on Thursday.

The petition came a day when the TNLA stated the incorporation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) into the transitional constitution.

The Speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly Anthony Lino Makana stated that the petition by the civil society for debates to be suspended will affect the tabling of the budget.

“To suspend the debate on the budget then we will not be able to help the masses because the budget is very important, it is out of the budget where we deliver the services to the people”, Makana added.




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