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Parliament not rubber-stamp of the executive

By Morris Dogga

The deputy Speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) Timothy Tot Chol has called on the public to stop accusing the parliament by labeling it “a rubberstamp” of the Executive.

Chol was reacting to complaints from some members of the public including some MPs that the Parliament is being intimidated by the Executive to pass some bills without properly studying them.

In an exclusive interview with Juba Monitor yesterday, Chol said just like any other institution in the country, the Parliament is also facing a lot of difficulties in terms of resources.

“The assembly is not a rubberstamp as they think; it is because of our situation, first of all the assembly is facing a lot of difficulties as far as resources are concerned and the reason is because of the senseless war which is going on,” he said.

Chol put part of the blame to the public for sending some MPs who he said don’t have the quality to handle some of the issues in the Parliament.

“It is also the quality of the MPs who are sent to the assembly, I can also put blame on the public that it is you who brought these quality of MPs to the assembly and if they are not serving  their people very well, they  have part to blame,”  he said.

“So don’t blame your sons and daughters don’t accuse them of being partisan,” he continued.

He said they are doing everything to improve the quality and the performance of the assembly.

Early this Month, Dharuai Mabor Teny, a Member of Parliament  representing Western Lakes State (Rumbek) accused the Executive of intimidating  MPs to pass motions tabled before the house without proper scrutiny.

Teny had said the majority of the MPs fear during deliberations of some documents because they are being intimidated by the executive that is why they often pass documents without understanding it.

The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Bashir Gbandi had earlier denied the accusations.


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