Speaker of TNLA assures citizens of peace implementation

Anthony Lino Makana [in neck tie], speaker of the Transitional National,

Legislative Assembly [File photo]

Compiled by Kidega Livingstone

The speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly has assured the people of Gbudue state of government’s commitment to implementing the revitalized peace agreement.

Anthony Lino Makana told the crowd on Tuesday during a public rally held in Yambio, that there was need for mutual commitment from the signatories to the agreement to ensure full implementation of the agreement.

He hailed Gbudue state government for initiating peace efforts.

“The coming of SPLA-IO forces including Commander Lt. Gen Alfred Futuyo was a good gesture which shows that peace is gradually returning to the country,” he said.

Makana stressed that his visit to the state was to educate the people of Yambio on the peace agreement and the importance of national dialogue.

According to him, national dialogue was meant to fostering social cohesion among South Sudanese after years of civil war which divided them along tribal line.

Makanas aid his presence in the state was to encourage his honourable members of parliament to continue disseminating the revitalized peace agreement.

Gbudue state paramount Chief Wilson Peni Rikito said it was important to start building peace right from the families in order to protect the peace agreement.

“Peace building is the collective responsibility of every citizen. Revenge killing will tear the country apart,” he stressed.

Mr. Rikito advised the people of Yambio to cultivate their own food to fight hunger and get money for paying school fees for their children

Parliamentary committee summons Minister and VC over university fee hikes

 South Sudan Transitional National Legislative Assembly, Juba [File photo]

The Specialized Standing Committee on Education at the Transitional National Legislative Assembly has summoned two senior higher education officials to explain why they increased the university tuition fees.

The Minister of the Higher Education, Science and Technology, Yen Lam Oral, and Professor John Akech, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Juba are expected to appear before the August house this month to explain the rationale for the increase.

The will appear before the members on March 25 and 26, respectively.

Earlier this month, the administration of the University of Juba decided to adjust the tuition fees, a move that triggered protests among the students who argued that the fees were unattainable and amount to a “denial of their right to education.”

The hike is between 50,000 and 86,000 South Sudanese Pounds.

The administration of Upper Nile University also sent out a circular, increasing the tuition fees.

In their petition letter submitted to the administration, the University of Juba students appealed to the parliament and the President to reverse the decision to increase the fees.

In response, Honorable Ahmed Mohamed Musa, Chairman of the Specialized Standing Committee on Education at the TNLA said the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Akec visited them, and he submitted a letter with a new tuition fees structure.

“We sat as a committee and we decided to summon the Minister so that we hear from him. And the next step, we will also summon the Vice Chancellor,” Hon. Musa said.

“But we are hearing that Upper Nile University also made its new tuition fee structure. So we shall also call the Vice Chancellor of the Upper Nile University.”


Kenyan MP claims his life in danger after home raid

Bumula MP Mwambu Mabonga has said his life is in danger after his Mwiyenga home was raided on Thursday night.

The gangsters gained entry into the homestead by cutting part of the fence. They stole a 32-inch television set. The MP and his family were away.

The thieves also poisoned one of the family dogs.

Bumula Deputy County commissioner John Tanui said two people had been arrested in connection with the incident.

One of Mwambu’s guards has recorded a statement with police.

Tanui asked politicians to refrain from making utterances that could trigger violence.

“I want to send a stern warning to youths who might be breaking into leaders’ houses that their days are numbered,” he said.

Mwambu claimed the gangsters could have been sent to kill him. But the former prison warden said no one would frighten him from serving the Bumula electorate.

The first term lawmaker was elected on an independent ticket. “I am telling those who want to mess up with me that they have the wrong guy,” he said.

African Parliamentary Researchers Seek Establishment of Regional Association

Parliamentary Researchers from across the continent are now seeking higher recognition of their duties in driving the Legislative process, calling for deliberate entrenchment of the Legislative Research Departments across African Parliaments. This is part of the resolutions that were adopted at the close of the four-day Inaugural Africa Parliamentary Researcher’s Conference in Nairobi, last evening. The researchers further resolved to institutionalize their resolutions by forming an association whose leadership will provide a way forward, in the interim.

The conference, which brought together representatives from thirteen African Parliaments and resources persons from research organizations across the world, resolved to form the African Parliamentary Researcher’s Association (APRA), a body that will be led by a Governing Council and a Steering Committee whose memberships will be drawn from the Member States.

The Association, once fully established, is expected to steer the agenda of proper institutionalization of Research Departments within African parliaments, to help address the various challenges identified during the conference’s deliberations, among them Inadequate financial investment as well as institutional and technical capacities.

In seeking better appreciation of their services across all African jurisdictions, the Researchers have recommended the development of basic principles to guide and standardize the operationalization of Research services in legislatures, as well as advocate for investment of additional resources to support evidence structures and mechanisms that will facilitate the institutionalization of Legislative Research Directorates.

These concerns were echoed by Nominated Senator, (Dr.) Agnes Zani, who represented the Senate Speaker Hon. Kenneth Lusaka, during the closing ceremony of the conference. She commended the organizers for a successful conference, and noted that objective of the forum to provide a platform for mutual learning, establishment of beneficial partnerships for sharing best practices; capacity development and for the promotion of evidence-informed policies and legislations, had indeed been realized.

Senator (Dr.) Zani, who has been a researcher for over 30 years, underscored the importance of researchers in Parliaments, noting that research is the backbone of legislators, and that the legislatures critically depend on proper research work to carry out their mandates efficiently. She noted the timeliness of the conference, and lauded the proposals to introduce the use of advanced technology in parliamentary research work as a means to strengthening capacity and building networks, emphasizing that this will greatly improve the output of research in parliaments.

On his part, the Speaker Lusaka in a speech read on his behalf by Dr. Zani, endorsed the proposal to form the African Parliamentary Researchers’ Association, saying it was a bold move that was bound to be a great success.

“Given the positive response and commitment, quality of presentations and vibrant deliberations demonstrated at this inaugural forum, the envisioned establishment of the Association of Africa Parliamentary Researchers will be a reality.” Stated Speaker Lusaka.

He further lauded the forum for organizing the first ever conference for legislative researchers noting that the conference had given research officers the impetus to carry out their work with great zeal.

“I have no doubt that distinguished delegates depart from the Conference more empowered, emboldened and with the zeal to drive the legislative research agenda in the greater effort to increase interest and use of evidence in legislative decision making processes “ said the speaker.

During the various presentations throughout the conference, researchers were urged to develop and adopt innovative initiatives and modern tools including but not limited to social media, and Geographical Information System (GIS) to enrich and facilitate information and evidence access and flow. Collaborations among legislatures as well as with national and international research bodies was also emphasized. The four day conference, the first of its kind in the continent came to a close last evening.

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