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Parliament summons three gov’t officials

By Bullen Bala Alexander

The Minister of Information, Communication, Telecommunication and Postal Service, National Minister of Land, Housing and Physical Infrastructure Michael Chienjiek and Central Equatoria state governor, Emmanuel Adil Anthony are expected to appear before the National parliament to answer some questions.

In a document extended to Juba Monitor Newspaper, the statement reads,

“Your Honour, in light of the above, we look forward to seeing you along with your Ministry’s technocrats among us as heads of sub-committee to testify before this Parliamentary Committee on some of the points raised as indicated above considering the fact that the parliamentarians are currently on recess.

This summon is in accordance with Article 82 sub-article (1) (3) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011 (as amended) read together with the TNLA Regulation 114 (4) (5) 134 (6) of the Conduct of Business Regulation 2011 (as amended 2017).  

Your Honour, thousands of congratulations for the communications’ revolution that has opened up this nascent country to the World right after its independence on 9th July 2011.

But in light of the numerous complaints raised before the Committee of Information Communication Technology and Postal Services by a section of our aggrieved citizens, we count it as our Constitutional obligation and prerogative to request Your Honour, to appear before this Parliamentary committee to answer on activities of various telephone providers throughout the country and particularly in Juba town.

Minister Michael Makuei Lueth is expected to answer about mysterious disappearance of the tallest SSBC antenna in Juba installed in April, 1995, located at Hai Gonya earth station. Where has it gone?

Why do Digital telecom Companies operate within Juba at leisure by freely installing telephone antennas within some densely populated residential areas without any guidance from the National Communication Authority [NCA] the nation’s sole telecom regulatory body?

What are some of the practical Social Corporate Responsibilities reached between these telecom companies (Zain, MTN, Digitel) etc and the Ministry of information communication technology and postal services if any for the benefit of these communities? Some citizens are already seriously suffering from the deafening noise of heavy generators coupled with fear of radiation resulting from electromagnetic waves emission from these devices over their tukuls a major concern that needs swift action if necessary total removal of these antennas from the residential areas to well gazetted Public places or mountains surrounding Juba as is the case in Uganda.

And until when is both SSBC (radio & TV) being the mouthpiece of this sovereign state going to continue operating in such limited hours per day instead of twenty four hours? The last is the issue of SSBC output in terms of content and quality; many viewers and audience are concerned about poor linguistic aspect of the broadcast where a mixture of two distinct languages are concurrently in use.

Meanwhile Emmanuel Adil Anthony Wani, Governor of Central Equatoria state is expected to answer some questions about light on the use of the private residential plots purely meant for lodging but now turned for commercial purposes.

How the state government handles such cases in terms of revenue collections?

Michael Changiek, the Minister of Lands, Housing and Physical infrastructure is expected to Testify before the committee about his Ministry’s future plans to regulate the multiple uses of private plots for different purposes. For example, installation of antennas, construction of Hotels, establishment of churches, operation of Bars & Restaurants.

What is the fate of the aggrieved citizens who are seriously suffering from the existence of these facilities?

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