STAND-OFF IS OVER BUT MPS WARN MINISTER
Finance Minister Salvatore Garang Mabiordit succeeded in having the 2019/2020 budget passed by parliament yesterday but with a stern warning and being reprimanded of dare consequences of being impeached if he did not pay civil servants their six months outstanding dues. This came after a long period of boycotting house sittings by the MPs. The stand-off turned out to force the national speaker of the house Anthony Lino Makana to send a shock-wave warning that could have detrimental effects on the legislators for failing to attend to their duties. In our earlier editorials, we had told all parties to the stand-off that reasons must prevail because the budget need to be passed to help move the country forward in its obligations to the public while we agreed the MPs were duty-bound to represent the interests of the general public, failure of attending to service delivery required by the public was in itself an offence the country cannot afford at this time of peace process. The MPs concerns over the un-paid dues were proper and appropriate, but other services should not suffer at the expense of the stand-off. The minister should still be held accountable for having not paid civil servants for over six months although the money was factored in the last budget. The minister is not yet out of bait. He has to tell the country and indeed he has that duty to do so and point where or in which docket the civil servants salaries were directed to or what project if any. He cannot sit and remain silent on such national concern and for that the legislators have earned a plus. Only they should not put the country’s services on hold because of different opinions on one particular subject. They have to come out maturely and reason just that far for them to remain the voice of the people. This reasoning is a special present for the eighth Independence anniversary celebration witnessed peacefully in the country today.