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Embattled South Sudan justice minister challenges parliament’s vetting committee

August 10, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s newly appointed justice minister, Telar Ring Deng has challenged the decision by parliament’s select vetting committee, which queried his legal background alleging he falsely worked as judicial officer in the past.

JPEG - 85.2 kbSouthern Sudanese presidential advisor for Legal Affairs Telar Ring Deng. (File photo – ST)

The embattled minister, who was earlier appointed legal advisor to the president, but later removed, has now presented president Salva Kiir and former vice-president Riek Machar as witnesses to his legal achievements during South Sudan’s liberation struggle.

“Accordingly from the foregoing, I posit that the argument that alleges that I chaired Court Marshall Courts, must fail as it has no basis, based on the brief history I have elucidated herein,” Telar’s legal opinion dated 7 August reads in part.

Towards that end, the living witnesses who can attest to these facts is the current President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir and Riek Machar Teny, who was commanding me under Wolf Battalion, it added.

Telar, in the letter Sudan Tribune obtained, also gives a historical synopsis of various roles he played in the country’s liberation struggle between 1984 and 1985, where he chaired the court martial.

The 11-member select committee, chaired by Abuk Papiti, has declined to endorse the appointment of the new justice minister, questioning the latter’s academic credentials and demanded that further background checks be carried out on him.

But Telar’s letter – copied to president Salva Kiir, Machar and assembly speaker, James Wani Igga – dismisses the committee’s claims alleging that he falsely assumed and executed the functions of a judicial officer during the liberation era.

The new justice minister said he joined the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in 1984, and was commissioned to the rank of a Lieutenant, after attending political school in March the same year.

EDUCATION BACKGROUND

He also holds Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in Political Science and Anthropology (pre-law) from United States, and worked for Radio SPLM/A from October 1984 to April 1985, before going for further military training.

Telar claims he was appointed a judicial officer while at the rank of a captain in August 1985 by Riek Machar, who by then served as an operation officer in western Upper Nile region.

His elevation to a judicial officer, he stressed was “not on grounds of my person possessing a law degree, but because of the military rank as far as the GMC, which at that time didn’t require a law degree”.

“My mere chairing of the Court Marshall was due to my rank as a Captain, as Court Marshall is chaired by at least the rank of captain and above, and any decision made there from by the said Court Marshall is referred to the zonal commander, and the said zonal commander forwards it to the C-in-C for confirmation”, Telar wrote.

Telar stressed on the political character of the function underlining that the SPLM Penal Code, 1983/4 is silent on the qualifications of who should be appointed to serve as a judicial officer.

He also wondered why Machar, a mechanical engineer, was able to preside over many General Court Marshall appellate cases, yet he had no Law Degree.

“Accordingly from the foregoing, I posit that the argument that alleges that I chaired Court Marshall Courts, must fail as it has no basis, based on the brief history I have elucidated herein”, his letter noted.

He also mentioned the support he has from the president Salva Kiir and the former vice-president Riek Machar who witnessed in his favour in a written letter.

“The living witnesses who can attest to these facts is the current President of the Republic of South Sudan, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr. Riek Machar Teny, who was commanding me under Wolf Battalion”, he said.

MACHAR BACKING

South Sudan’s former vice-president has submitted his testimony to the 11-member committee tasked with vetting the new minister after it rejected Telar’s submission.

Machar, in a written 10 August testimony to the committee’s head, confirmed that he deployed Telar under his command as a judge from 1986-1992 with the assumption that he was a qualified lawyer following a directive from late John Garang de Mabior who recommended Telar to Western Upper Nile Zonal area.

The 11-member committee for appointments will sit on Monday to determine the fate of South Sudan’s appointed justice minister, who previously served as legal advisor to the president.

(ST)

PDF - 50.1 kbTelar Ring Deng’s legal opinion

Article source: http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article47618

South Sudanese in USA show opposition to Machar’s removal

August 9, 2013 – We, the undersigned South Sudanese who live in the United States, are against the decision that has been made by President Salva Kiir Mayardit to remove Dr. Riek Machar Teny and the members of the government of South Sudan. We are opposed to the decision because the decision does not reflect the public’s opinion and it does not suit the public’s best interests. The former Vice-president has been very instrumental in developing government programs, peace-making and cementing unity among the people of South Sudan. In our opinion, we know the decision will not help the country or suit anyone’s interests except those of Salva Kiir Mayardit himself because it is clear that he does not want a democratic government to be established in South Sudan. It is evident now that Salva Kiir Mayardit wants to prevent the 2015 Election from taking place because the former Vice-President advised him not to run for a third term.

It is to be recalled that the former Vice-President, Dr. Riek Machar, had enumerated challenges of corruption, tribalism, economy, insecurity, poor international relations and loss of vision and direction in the government and the ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and therefore advised for a vigorous internal transformation and reform in the party and government. He also expressed his desire to contest for the party chairmanship in the national convention this year in order to make positive internal changes as head of the party and to contest for 2015 presidential elections in order to tackle the challenges. This democratic and constitutional right expressed by the former Vice-president and deputy chairman of the SPLM angered the president, Salva Kiir, who currently chairs the party.

In order to prevent his possible defeat in the 2015 election, President Salva Kiir has decided to remove Dr. Riek Machar Teny and members of the South Sudanese government so that he can run South Sudan in a dictatorship form of government without any meaningful party transformation and internal self-criticisms or opposition. He has on 25th July curtailed the freedoms of the party secretary general, Mr. Pagan Amum Okiech, banning him from movement outside the capital and speaking to any media, accusing him of insubordination and incitement when the latter advised him not to act in dictatorial manner. This is a clear violation of Article 9 (2) and (3), 12, 24, and 27 of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan 2011, and the party does not have provisions that strip members of their freedoms of movement and expression.

As South Sudanese citizens who live in the United States and have family back home, we are highly concerned about the lives of our relatives that are still residing in the homeland. We are going to alert the United States and the world at large about the dictatorship that has been declared by Salva Kiir Mayardit and encourage them to help the innocent civilians of South Sudan. Help the innocent people who lost millions of their family members during the decades of liberation struggle in order to free themselves from tyranny and domination by Khartoum. They don’t deserve to meet another homegrown tyranny in their young nation. There is need to help this young country shape its future in a peaceful democratic manner by nipping the dictatorship in bud.

We are aware that the removal of the Vice-President and the members of the South Sudan government will not be normal under any circumstances because it is a decision that is in place to intimidate the former Vice-President and the other removed members of the government as well as those who are not allies to the decision made by Salva Kiir Mayardit. It is evident that Salva Kiir Mayardit is following in the footsteps of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who also did not want elections to take place in their respective countries.

We ask the United States of America, United Nations (UN), European Union (EU) and African Union (AU) to take action against Salva Kiir Mayardit as US former president George W. Bush and others did to help South Sudan obtained its independence from Sudan and the previous dictatorship of Omar al-Bashir. Salva Kiir Mayardit has already proven that he does not have the country’s best interests in mind due to the actions he has displayed; such as using the resources of South Sudan for his own services and buying the people’s support through very corrupt means. He has exerted the money and resources that should have been used for the development of the country to maintain the support of his allies and citizens of the country, which is the highest form of corruption. The misuse of funds and resources is primarily the reason that the country has essentially dried out and not been successful in the development of roads, hospitals, and schools. In turn Salva Kiir Mayardit has made South Sudan, the richest country in terms of oil; resemble a country without any resources.

President Salva Kiir also recruited the civilians of the country to intimidate members of the government who are not loyal to him, then deceived the government by stating that they were rebels such as in the events of the Mayom County Declaration where citizens were recruited to scare the previous elected Governor of the Unity State Taban Deng Gai, whom he unconstitutionally removed by a presidential decree. Salva Kiir Mayardit has misled the government and the people of South Sudan to believe that he was using the constitution in his removal of the Vice-President and the members of the government, which was and is not the case. If he was using the constitution, the election should have taken place in 60 days in Lakes State after the removal of the Governor Chuol Tong Mayay in accordance with the constitution.

President Salva Kiir Mayardit has proven to be a ruler that only has his own needs at heart, which is not what the nation of South Sudan needs. He has proven throughout his Presidency that he is incompetent of ruling the country and making decisions to better South Sudan. The recent decision taken by Salva Kiir to remove the Vice-President and other members of the government of South Sudan has only increased public disapproval of the dictatorship he has established in South Sudan and has caused the citizens of the country to worry about the future of our land. Salva Kiir should immediately reverse his actions concerning the removal of Dr. Riek Machar Teny and members of the government before irreparable damages to the country occur. When South Sudan first obtained its independence, we all rejoiced at our newfound freedom and the promises that Salva Kiir Mayardit made. However, now it appears we have returned to a dictatorship form of government that needs to be stopped before it is too late. We want to bring to your attention that the dissolution of the entire government of South Sudan was not justified. It was done on dictatorship manner that may cause chaos and instability of the young nation. One of the most serious issues is the human rights violation; the human rights in South Sudan are a contentious issue, owing at least in part to the country’s violent history. The killing of political commentator and analyst Isaiah Ding Abraham Chan Wuol sparked the criticism against the government of South Sudan. We, the South Sudanese in the United States ask the US government, United Nations (UN), European Union (EU) and African Union (AU) to advise the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit stop driving the youngest nation toward dictatorship.

The world should not allow dictatorship to take root in the two-year old nation, which is 193rd country in the UN family. We strongly recommend to and ask the US, UN , EU and AU to clearly and strongly advise President Salva Kiir Mayardit to reinstate his able Vice-president, Riek Machar Teny, and allow for the democratic process of transforming the ruling party, SPLM, by convening its overdue national convention this year. This is in order to elect a new leadership after five years since 2008 that will now contest for the upcoming 2015 national elections in accordance with the party’s constitution.

We long for the prosperity of South Sudan governed by the democratic principles enshrined in the constitution. We also long for the unity of the diverse people of South Sudan and this is clearly indicated by the composition of the undersigned representatives from all the various communities and tribes in South Sudan.

Signed by:
1. Joseph Bol Kueth
2 Aguil Kuac Dut
3 Badeng Jock Choul
4. Peter Awok Deu
5. Biar Chol Mayom
6. Choul Dhan Char
7. Deng Banong Chol
8. Dut De Garang
9. Dut Maker Awan
10. Gatwech Bidit Noriar
11. Matiop Alier
12. Peter Ume
13. Mijak Mijak Abui
14. Aler Riang Miaker
15. Riang Maker Wach
16. Abuot Tor Abuot
17. Peter Achai Kual
18. David Kueth Maluoth
19. Komach Deng Dey
20. Peter Adup Mou
21. Achol Ayom
22. Pal Gatkuoth Reath
23. Acholly Arow
24. Simon Hoth Chut
25. Thomas Chigach Kier
26. Changkuoth Gatkuoth
27. Peter Wal Rambang
28. Mr. Tharjiath Kun Luoth
29. Adim Malek Puot
30. Simon Tongyiek Nguth
31. Chan Mark Lual
32. Wal Makuach Tiap
33. Peter Banak Yiech
34. Stephen Khor Chambang
35. William Deng Dhiach
36. Gatluak Riek Mayian
37. Agol Marac
38. Agot Agot
39. Aguek Tiep
40. Aguer Michar Kon
41. Kueth Gatluak Kang
42. Agustino Lako
43. Aja Nyankir John
44. Wiyual Mut Tip
45. Galuak Maker Galuak
46. Bol Ajak
47. Deng Bol
48. Akuol Kuol
49. Gok Bol Agok
50. Yai Yei Wani
51. Dak Kuel Chol
52. Aker Geng
53. Lual Koang Gach
54. Akoach Akuach Mavial
55. James Ruach Kulang
56. Akok Maketh Choul
57. Par Gach Ruach
58. ABol Bab Akier
59. Pajok Kong
60. Akot joe kiir
61. Peter Jieng Buol
62. kom Makuok Makuok
63. Akoul Jang Akot
64. Moses Abudhock
65. kuender Ezekiel Kong
66. Komchar Chol Kier
67. Kek Douth boumach
68. Kier Ruach Makuach
69. Aleer Deng Aleer
70. Chambang Gaw Mut
71. Joseph Alfred
72. Tut Biet Char
73. John Top Tut
74. Aler Deng Akoung
75. Tong Akel kel
76. James Ruon Tongyik
77. John Mun Kueth
78. Peter Gatbel Gatkuoth
79. Pal Yich Longor
80. Gabriel Gatwech Bol
81. John Bol Rik
82. Mayuak Makuach Jut
83. Chol Chot Yiel
84. Yen Reath Lok
85. Madis Chol
86. Andrew Wiyual Lul
87. Lee Jacinto Lee
88. Gong Deng Akol
89. Kuel Choul kur 90. Maker Majok Bol
91. Angelo Maker Gatjak
92. Pal Gatkouth Deng
93. Salva Angelos Agok
94. Hoth Gatwach
95. Anip Chol Nhial
A96. Chuol Gatriay Yat
97. Anthony Anei Majok
98. panden Nihal Geew
99. Antony Aken Aken
100. Nihal Thout Ruach
101. Peter Achiek Kur
102. James Biel Deng
103. Okaj Onang Boula
104. Gatluak Chol
105. Peter Akot Akot
106. Chol Chol Ariik
107. Mawien Mawien
108. Ngout Kkot Reng
109. Deng Gaudensio Wol
110. Lual Ezekiel Kodi
111. Bol Lual Kuch
112. Mading Madol Mading
113. Chol Lual Chol
114. David Biel Yout -
115. Wichdoul Beny Bol
116. Ater Milla Achiel
117. Anyoun Atem Anyuon
118. James Diing Duoth
119. Dau Bol Deng
120. Chol Deng Deng
121. George Ater Majok
122. Kuol Athieng Riakbai
123. Juuk Athoi Diar
124. Makuey Dut Luol
125. Deng Atong Kout
126. Kuc Atong Kuch
127. Nhial Augustino Mel
128. Garang Augustino Mayai
129. Chagac Awach Wal
130. Paul Awan Ater
131. Diem Awel Kuch
132. Yaak Awer Lual
133. Malual Ayak Ajak
134. Dok Ayak Deng
135. Gatdet Puok Leon
136. Tong Dhieu Gai
137. Wiyual Sodit Gai
138. Mathok Mayot
139. Magok Leek Deng
140. Bol Makech
141. Majok Panchot
142. Chol Nyok Miabil
143. Mayom Ayel
144. Tot Lul Guandong
145. Ladu Angelo Zimama
146. Hussien Muor
147. Joseph Brad Deng
148. Dey Tut Gallas
149. Bayak Dech Guandong
150. Yak Gatluak Tut
151. William Asadic Atem
152. Buony Koch Lual
153. James Giwa
154. Nyandeng Achuil Chol
155. Deng Deng
156. Majok Mabior
157. Wichluol Dup
158. Bidit B. Luak
159. Biem Akol
160. Lam Thonchar Mai
161. Bol Abuoi Arok
162. Garang Atem
163. Bith Kiir Yut
164. Dhol Lumana
165. Matuur James Edimond
166. Riz Nyipuoc
167. Moses George
168. Dau Kuol
169. Bol Dut
170. Kiir Diaw
171. Majith Anguik
172. Malek Garang
173. Bol Maweihn
174. Bol Riek
175. Bol Bilkuei
176. Gatlei Wal
177. Gatwech Bona
178. Thonchar Bigyari
179. Both Dak
180. Joseph Kony
181. Buay Wiyual
182. Buey Tot
183. Garang Mabil
184. Buoh Keat
A185. Lokolo Obede
186. Johnson Patricio
187. Tut Gatluak
188. Bile Adeng
189. Chakoun Buk
190. Chan Bol
191. Dhan Mijak
192. Gai G. Ruach
193. Duol Kuach Lom
194. Mawich Anteros
195. Chol Tiop
196. Mabior Deng
197. Makur Chuot
198. Arop Chier
199. Chol Aben
200. Abraham Jok
201. Agoot Anei
202. Majok Ajak
203. Chol Ring
204. Aweer Simon
205. Isaac Achuil
206. Ater Ayul
207. Miakuei Dut
208. Majok Atem
209. Both Tutliet
210. Benjamin Tut
211. Akuchwel Waal
212. Mijak Garang
213. Chuker Nger
214. Chuol Both
215. Chuol Lam
216. Meer Wal
217. Chuol Douth
218. Stephen Majiok
219. Maen Majok
220. Mouw Majuuk
221. Clement Garang
222. Buom Kujock
223. Daniel Chol
224. Dudi Wuor
225. Dut Dor Biar
226. Dang Gatluak Wichluol
227. Daniel Kuol Bur
228. Lew Ernesto
229. Dut Lee
230. Leek Gey
231. Duothl Makoi
232. Mawut Makuei
233. Zing Agustine
234. Dengyom Mayom
235. Dut Mayen
236. Biar Gak
237. Bilal Malow
238. Bol Deng
239. Farajalla John
240. Gatluak Yang
241. Gatwech Tut
242. Joram Majok
243. Kuel Gasim
244. Majok Thomas
245. Mawut Maluth
246. David Kur
247. Nyaring Riang
248. Palath Moyol
249. David Wuor
250. Amin Dada
251. Wuol Deng
252. Angeth Ahoc
253. Dech Manytap Machar
254. Abiel Mabior
255. Deng Kang
256. Duol Agew
257. Awell Deng
258. Matuur Lueth
259. Gathok Ayiei
260. Wiyual Chol
261. Chol Luong
262. Mai. Lueth
263. Bool Isaac
264. Tang Jal
265. Luka Athor
266. Kuol Atem
267. Mador Dengdit
268. Makuach Deng
269. Ngueny Deng
270. Ruach Deng Chol
271. Wal Kuc Biar
272. Wuor Gai Deng
273. Athoi Galuak
n274. Dual Eliaba
275. Ezekiel Koch
276. Deng Majok leek
277. Dok Minyang
278. Yang Dau
279. Dwer Alan
280. Diar Dut
281.Gatwech Both Jaak
282. Matar Ayom
283. Yual Kur
284. Dobuol Mat
285. Dolou Deng
286. Dut Miathiang
287. Jueny Yaak
288. Tadiwe Isaac
289. Malual James
290.Kuech Achiek
291. Duel Maur
292. Mawyen Gatjier
293. Charles Bakheit
294. Mathok Luol
295. Lejukole Koor
296. Garang Mathok
297. James Solomon
298. Koryom Dut Kuc
299. LADU Obede Kenyi
300. Sam Lak Ayen
301. Arop Malek Arok
302. Tharjiath Tut Wech
303. Duer Tut Meer
304. James Awell Bor
305. Bul Biel Rut
306. Duop Wuol
307. Lee wal Chol
308. Manyang Yel
309. leek W. Deng
310. Dung Majok Tut
311. Majaak Said
312. Amaar Majok
313. Waal Andalla
314. Benjamin Duoth
315. Gatwech Akana Both
316. Labok Mawich
317. Kongor Madut
318. Kafuk Kur Atem
319. Ayueil Biar Garang
320. Kanzaran Kuol Deng
321. Anyieth Wal Bol
322. Buoi Majak Mabior
323. Elizabeth Mayom Andrea
324. Carlo Clement Bol
325. John Simon Kueth
326. Kuch James Deng
327. Emmanuel Jaal Chol
328. Riziq Zendi Clement
329. Mabior Majiok Abei
330. Malath Lual Bol
331. Giwa Patath Yum
332. Obura Kenyi Lokebe
333. Mokobe Wal Machar
334. Martin Bashier Anei
335. Buk Gak Lual
336. Changkuoth Lual Jal
337. Jeremiah Kueth Shuer
338. Thuar Jikamoi Majok
339. Mayiik Mayom Minyiel
340. Monyjiek Majak Bior
341. Nyawello Chan Mingdeng
342. Francis Buk Chan
343. Wado Mobutu Micheal
344. Wol Deng Majok
345. Obang Kenyi Obeyok
346. Gabriel Lueth Makuei
347. Bol Deng Makuack
348. Deng Majok Kuc
349. Kelei Dut Mathok
350. Gatlony Ruach Chol
351. Geng Dit Biel
352. Lueth Deng Mai
353. Mojang Luak Kuel
354. Monytiok Daar Machar
355. Thokuj Dech Malual
356. Ukuno Okut Akol
357. Gach Bol Thong
358. Gai Magier Ngor
359. Yaf Low Akhorn
360. Gai Yak Both
361. Galuak Tut Jiech
362. Gambella Tutlam
363. Dojiok Malow
364. Biliu Gong
365. Abel Kwach
366. Garang Malith
367. Malong Awan
368. Kuol Gai Kuol
369. Bel Deng Gatluak
370. Kat-kier Mading Machar
371. kat Washtour Tungwar
372. Kang kuach Choul
373. Mayen Aleer Mayen
374. Makuor Grang Grang
375. James Myeen Aleew
376. Matwech Beil Ruach
377. Billy John Makgoor
378. koul Koul Majouk
379. Deng Kiir Lual
380. Makuac Chuor Deng
381. Odoo wani Ladu
382. Madut Mading Giir
383. kino Suobuni Kouni
384. Daoud Malow masout
385. Makeer Biar Ateam
386. Wiyual . Nguech Bol
387. Choul Kak Bandak
388. Samuel Abujohn Omout
389. Chay Gatwach Grang
390. Simon Gatbiel Choul Deng
391. Miading Machar Makour
392. Peter Gour Ajang
393. Makeel Leeth Ngour
394. Koni Bouni Koni
395. Aperet Taban Agreey
396. Tut Choul Deng
397. Marko Dut Mut
398. Chol Malow Aleer
399. Achoul Akot Deng
400. Madhol Ajang Grang
401. Keel Keel Matour
402. Ladu Dougo Dougo
403. Maleak Dut Machar
404. Nyamlee John Okach
405. Pan Cheer Magoor
406. Sudan John Aleer
407. Gier Akot Grang
408. Ladu James
409. Gatdet Gatluak Biel
410. Achuil Lual Lual–
411. David Chan Ring
412. Alic Deng akuol
413. Bier Grang Alow
414. Bakuba John Ladu
415. Dak Gatluak Pathot
416. James Lual Atak – Canada
417. Diew Gatwech Makuach
418. James Duoth Chuol
419. Gaijang Bona Ajith
420. Kuany Khan Dhol
421. Tut Kuer Garang
422. Ladou Juut Luke
423. Lokudu John Danya
424. Lomoe Weiner Simeon
425. Mawan Malok Lueth
426. Mabor Kuol Juuk
427. Chuer Majur Ater
428. Makuach Mut Makeny
429. Maliah Bol Biel
430. Gony Mawich Bichok
431. Mercellino Nhial Chol
432. Mirago Carlo John
433. Komach Monyluak Mijok
434. Natale David Motondo
435. Nguen Machar Nyol
436. Gach Ogilo Agor
437. Okwaramoi Kenyi Ladu
438. Hussien Onesimo
439. Okelo Ogut Opikoli
440. Tuach Kueth Mathiang
441. Yai Garang Atem
442. Chol Atak Luak
443. Jock Koang Dei
444. Parmena Awell Aluong
445. Abucha Run Manawii
446. Juba Daniel Anania
447. Jany Khaway Lieplia
448. Jul O’Okono Oman
449. Simonsen Amule
450. Jeokonda James Agor
451. Kim Marek
452. Dual James Agor
453. Christmas Moses Jock
454. Alora Nadia Simon
455. JAtafiano Cuba Achaha
456. Ayom Makuei
457. John Chuol Bol
458. Derteo Burtus
459. Darwech Darwing
460. Jok Kulong
461. Kok Tot Chol Omout
462. Kongor Majak
463. Kun Tut Lam
464. Kuol Juuk Miakuach
465. Lado Joseph
466. Lam Gatluak
467. Clement Loro
468. Gier Tong Majiok
469. Athor Kiir Makuach
470. Nassar Jaafer
471. Nuoi Gatkuoth Wuor
472. Ojur Ojuot Dennis
473. Zakaria Abaraham
474. Aleer Mathok
475. Garang John Ngor
476. Moun Deng
477. Alor Kuol
478. Jock Daniel Malong
479. Wakow Mading Tut
480. Abdul Adiang Amer
481. Wol Lual Jor
482. Akijr Malek Deng
483. Akonda Riz Joseph
484. Ladu Joseph Alfred
485. Ariki Riak Madut
486. Bol Dock Chol
487. Deng Alore Aruo
488. Kiir Chol Akol
489. Lukadi Majok Lobura
490. Mading Deng Chol
491. Arok Alier Maker
492. Malow Mou Madut
493. Otto Simon Manaseeh
494. Garang Joseph Oukelo
495. Stephen G. Stewart
496. Wol Ring Malual
497. Yak Kuol Deng
498. Gatyoung Khan Jock
499. Hakim Juuk Mayol
500. Malik Malik Joy
501. Juba Youl Bill
502. Gut Judith Kamala
503. Amom John Wantok
504. James Wal Machar
505. Lual Donato Yanga
506. Wani wothab Othow
507. Kajijo Igga Guya
508. Ajak Kalisto Okun
509. Khan Kaway Nyuon
510. Ruach Kuoth Khor
511.Tut Kok Thuch
512. Yang Charles Wilson
513. Khat Miakuei Bol
514. Khor Youm Benjamin
515. Yien Kayaso Wani
516. Manytap Lam Kierkok
517. Duol Wan Gatluak
518. Ken Omodn Ocheng
519. Kenady Ayei
520. Kerubino Chol Guot
521. Kur Goldit Wangita
522. Both Khan Nyuon
523. Khor Woi Chamjock
524. Changath Chuol Kur
525. Gatdet Tut Malek
526. Kuer Ter Mayam
527. Kimberly Ladu Kenyi
528. Koch Wol Bol
529. Koang Both Chol
530. Koang Gatkuoth Wuol
531. Yien Mut Wur
532. Ezekiel Akol Kodi
533. Ram Luak Reath
534. Nyak Nhial Goljok
535. Komach Deng Dey
536. Jal Kon Ayoum
537. Khon Mar Lur
538. Kornelio Bol Madut
539. Ruach Thilchiot Bol
540. Komar Bol Biliu
541. Kuach Tut Diew
542. Tut Kuach Deng
543. Jacob Makuei Mat
544. Madut Agai Garang
545. Pouch Duel Nyuot
546. Tharjiath Guer Lual
547.Wal Gatluak Kueth
548. Kuir Thoncar Ajang
549. Ajang Jibol Kuc
550. Deng Mach Luak
551. Gach Salina Luise
552. Arikdit Mawien Wang
553. Deng Gach War
554. Arop Deng Abel
555. Kuoth Elijah Buol
556. Majok Diing Majok
557. Santo Malook
558. Kur Ajak Majok
559. Chopbany Kur
560. Juach Deng
561. Mayen Deng Bul
562. Malou Mar Lasu
563. Gatluak Ruach John
564. Laat Meet Marial
565. James Ladu Artema
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718. Ring Lual Chuol
719. Sebet Akot Langual
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724. Modi Gatlary Konyi
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727.Jauna Minyang Dau Ater
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731. Miakol Dau Malieth
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739. John Baar Akoi
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741.Peter Matur kounyjang
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766. Wiyual Chuol Deng
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780. Machar Guandong
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784. Dhuor Wal Lual
785. Bol Mach Khor
786. Randhal Chol Agoth
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788. Ezekiel Kueth Gathoth
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808. Paul Abore Omon
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810. Lam Koang Malual
811. Paulina Lako Malith
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813. Abolish Kheny Mabior
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821. Peter Malek Reath
822. Marial Gatwech Yiech
823. Mawien Kuol Dut
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827. Reat Ruot Gatkuoth
828. Peter Gatkuoth Puot
829. Maluak Bol Mayen
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831. Kun Tolewut Michar
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839. Mohamed Rasha Riam
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939. Stephen Duer Makuach
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942. Chagai Chan Mabor
943. Makuei Kur Malith
944. James Dutkai Agor
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946. Yong Huach Rum
947. Jal Thabor Gatluak
948. Machiek Aguer Kur
949. Lang Jaak Luak
950. Oromo Chol Malok
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954. Kuany Arok Majier
955. Paleek Malath Akol
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959. Tap Chan Malek
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961. Daniel Both Duoth
962. Kun YangKouth Tut
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964. Lul Luak Mankato
965. Deng Bol Gatluak
966. Yat Deng Puor
967. Char Tharjiath Nyang
968. Gatyiel Kaway Reath
969. Wuol Kuany Duoth
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971. Tong Bul Leek
972. Buk Tut Kuom
973. Wuor Gatkuoth Rambang
974. Gatdet Lam Ruach
975. Kuach Dak Jaak
976. John Deng Yiech
977. Dobuol Lim Lul
978. Dhol Puok Wichduel
979. Gang Nhial Kuar
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981. Jal Guandong Duoth
982. Lual Arop Nyok
983. Manyar Mayom Kuc
984. Nhial Machath Nhial
985. Kon Awet Akot
986. Mabor Dok Jok
987. William Gai Rom
988. Aguer Kuol Mayom
989. Tuoy Ramchiel
990. Ramadalla Deng Kuol
991. Gatlat Kun Buor
992. Chok Malith Yaak
993. Ruot Lual Padang
994. Lual Gatkek Kuon
995. Maditkuek Aleir Nhial
996. Thok Chuol Mangong
997. Wuor Lam Pathot
998. Amier Aruma Kenyi
999. Tut Wuor Dojiok
1000. Clement Wani Logoro
1001. Yien Yak Deng
1002. Dak Madak Tet
1003. Amule Gabriel Wani
1004. Edwang Yei Ladu
1005. Athiang Chol Atem
1006. Joseph Mathon Clement
1007. Yien Reath Both
1008. Deng Buony Tang
1009. Gathoth Luak Gatkouth
1010. Tut Gatbel Dojiok
1011. Jacob Nhial Kuon
1012. Dak Lam Bum
1013. Thomas Kuol Deng
1014. Ezekiel Kong Chol
1015. Lual Riang Makuach

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Article source: http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article47625

South Sudan parliament shall never be the same again

Turning point in the vetting process of the appointees of the president in South Sudan National Legislative Assembly

By Joseph Ngere Päciko (MP) and member of the vetting committee

August 12, 2013 – Following the major reshuffle and downsizing of the National Ministries by President Salva Kiir Mayrdit, 20 National Ministers and 12 Deputy Ministers were appointed on 27th July, 31st July and 4th August 2013 respectively. On Monday 5th August 2013, the National Legislative Assembly in its sitting No.28/2013 resolved to appoint a Select Committee to vet the appointees of the president in accordance to Regulations 148 of its Conduct of Business Regulations 2011. The Select Committee composed of 10 members representing SPLM, 1 from each state of the Republic of South Sudan; and 1 member from SANU represent other political parties. The Select committee presented its report to the august House on Tuesday, 7th August 2013 approving all but the Minister of Justice and Deputy Minister of Information and Broadcasting respectively. The committee wanted more information from them.

This time around the vetting committee had a vigorous and rigorous process of vetting the appointees, focusing on receiving and reviewing the Curriculum Vitaes (CVs) of the appointees, interviewing each of them to confirm their CVs and any other relevant information about their previous experiences and performances and ascertaining whether or not the appointees are competent to deliver services to the people of South Sudan. This vetting process is the first of its kind in the Republic of South Sudan, hence; a turning point in the oversight mandate of the parliament.

The vetting process drew mixed reactions from the public. Majority, including the civil society, the UN and diplomatic community in the country applauded the National Assembly for this historic achievement. The parliament is being praised for having assumed its rightful and constitutional responsibility in scrutinizing the executive. Some people however, regard this as obstruction of the powers of the president; they argue that since the president has issued a decree of appointment of the ministers and their deputies, there was no need to vet them. This group of people might be ignorant of the constitutional powers granted to both the president and the parliament in the process of appointing and approving the ministers or just want to disregard the due process of law. Article 112 of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan grant powers to the President of the republic to appoint ministers and deputy ministers, and Article 57 (h) gave powers to the parliament to vet and approve the appointees of the president. To refresh the knowledge of the public; Article 57 (h) says, quote “the National Legislative Assembly shall vet and approve appointments (of the president)”. There is nowhere in the constitution or any other law of this country which says once the president decrees the appointment of the ministers and deputy ministers it cannot be vetted by the parliament.

I mentioned the above because there are people including some of the MPs in the NLA who think that the Select Committee over-stepped its mandate and was involved in witch-hunting by targeting some few individuals among the appointee ministers and deputy ministers. This is particularly in the case of the appointee Minister of Justice, Mr. Telar Ring Deng whose approval was withheld by the Select Committee pending more information from him because of some concerns from the public. There were also attempts to discredit the committee by claiming that it was biased because the chairperson of the committee Hon. Abuk Payiti was not neutral because she is holding grudges with the Minister of Justice because her husband, Dr. Peter Adwok Nyaba was one of the ministers dismissed by the president.

Other theories went on further to suggest that, members of the committee were influenced by some powerful former ministers to make sure that Mr. Telar Deng was not sworn in as Minister of Justice. Some also rumoured that the committee members have been bribed, each have been promised huge amount of money to fail the vetting and approval of Justice Telar Ring Deng.

The select committee chaired by Hon. Abuk Payiti is a neutral and competent committee, whose members are all committed sons and daughters of the republic of South Sudan. The committee was just performing its duties and exercising its mandate in accordance to the law. It is the prerogative of the Select Committee to investigate concerns raised against a candidate and clear them. The term of reference of the Select Committee is the Conduct of Business Regulations, 2011 of the National Legislative Assembly and the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan 2011. Regulation 148 of the Conduct of Business Regulation 2011, gave powers to the Speaker and Hon. Members of the august House to appoint a Select Committee. The Committee has in its disposal the powers accorded to it in Article 57 (h) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011.

As to the process of vetting, the committee relied heavily on the criteria used by the President to appoint the ministers in accordance to Article 112 (2) and (3) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011.

On several occasions, the general public and MPs of the National legislative Assembly have been complaining about non implementation of laws passed by the parliament. It will therefore be unwise, unfortunate and hence unconstitutional for the same group of people to denounce and condemn the Select Committee for having done the right thing. There is no way the Select Committee could ignore its instrument of operation and just approve the appointees of the president without careful scrutiny and especially when there are allegations brought against some of them like in the case of Mr. Telar Deng and Ms. Rachel Nyadak Paul. The Select Committee vetted and approved the rest of the appointees because nobody raised concern or brought any allegation against them, otherwise, some of them would face what befell the two.

The Select Committee was not witch-hunting and will never indulge itself into this. In fact, all the appointees of the President appeared before the Select Committee of Parliament and were interviewed live on TV, hence; the process was very transparent. This is a credit to the parliament. The Select Committee used this vetting process so that each appointee convince the committee members about their credentials and their anticipated policies which they hope to implement once they take up their new positions. Throughout the process, the Chairman of the committee, Hon. Abuk Payiti provided strong leadership and guidance professionally without fear or favour. Therefore, allegation that she was biased is just an attempt to discredit and assassinate her character.

The Select Committee checked the background of each of the appointees against professional responsibility, and especially for the minister of Justice, it was more focused in the area of legal practice that encompasses the duties of the minister of justice to act in professional manner, obey law, avoid conflict of interest and put the interest of the public ahead. The scrutiny was more in detail because this is a person who will head the key ministry of justice with responsibility to make laws for the running of the country. These checks were used by the Select Committee as a means of evaluating qualifications, character and fitness. Law-making is very crucial because it is all about creating systems of rules of conduct to govern society; it must be checked thoroughly and is not witch-hunting. This is where may be some members of the public and some of our colleagues in the parliament think that Mr. Telar Deng was or is being targeted.

Gone are the old days where appointees of the president used to be passed by applause without any scrutiny. It is time to change to confirm to the speech of the president on 9th July 2013 marking the 2nd Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of South Sudan, quote “for a long time, people have been complaining and asking: why is there no change”. This is the time for change. The men and women who will be appointed by the president from now onwards to public offices must be subjected to thorough and rigorous scrutiny before they assume office.

In conclusion, I would like to say that the National Legislative Assembly will never be the same again. “The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hon. Joseph Ngere Päciko (MP), represents Western Equatoria State in the NLA on SPLM Party list, a former Deputy Governor in the state and a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee for vetting the Appointees of the president of the Republic of South Sudan, 2013. He can be reached on email address phngere@yahoo.com

Article source: http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article47628

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