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PUBLIC STATEMENT ON SUSPENSION OF EMPLOYEES IN THE NATIONAL PARLIAMENT

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Dear Public,


Let me take this opportunity on behalf of the Ordinary Members of the National Legislature (NL) to officially condemn the unlawful act of the Clerk of the TNLA, MAKUC MAKUC NGONG. Mr. Clerk has overstepped his powers by acting illegally and arbitrarily by suspending ten government employees working in the National Legislative Assembly (TNLA). His action is debased, debauched, and reprobate. The wrongful action of Mr. Clerk must be publicly condemned in the strongest term possible as it is contrarily to provisions of our Transitional Constitution, 2011 as amended, Labour Act, 2017, South Sudan Civil Service Act, 2011, Workers Trade Unions Act, 2013 (No. 62 of 2013), the Southern Sudan Employees Justice Chamber Act, 2011.
Further, the action of Mr. Clerk is also contrary to the regional instruments such as the African Union Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Treaty of East Africa Community and its protocols as it is in breach of the Principles of Constitutionalism, which embodies the rule of law on which the East Africa Community is established on. His Action is also contrary to International Labour Organization (ILO) Instruments such as the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29), the Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 (No. 105), and the Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958 (No. 111); the Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98); the Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951 (No. 100); the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182); and, the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize Convention, 1948 (No. 87). South Sudan ratified all of these and because of that, they are binding on the Government of South Sudan.
Thus, all the above labor rights instruments establish the right of South Sudanese employees whether in the public or the government sector. The law is very clear terms provides the right to strike as a fundamental right protected under our Transitional Constitution. This is because the law expects workers to use it as one of the methods of enforcing their right to payment as well as forcing employers to improve their working conditions and standards.
Hence, suspending ten employees who invoked their right to strike as a way of fighting for their right to payment whether in form of allowances or salaries and also for the improvement of their working conditions in the TNLA is contrary to our labor laws and standards at national, regional and international levels. It goes contrary to our constitutional duty to protect labor rights.
For the above reasons, we, the Ordinary Members of the National Assembly who took Oath of a Member of the National Legislature under Article 65 of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan, 2011 as amended have resolved as follows:
1) That we issue this public statement in the condemnation of the unlawful act of Mr. Clerk of the TNLA and to call upon him to reverse his unlawful decision as soon as possible and to apologize to the National Parliament for acting contrary to the law and the rule of law;
2) To officially request the legal opinion from the Hon. Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Justice Madol Arol, who doubles as the Attorney General of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to advise us on the legality of the action of Mr. Clerk to the TNLA;
3) If the Minister gives us his opinion whether negative or positive but if Mr. Clerk has not yet taken action to reverse his unlawful order, then we instate a suit before the East African Court of Justice in form of reference on the ground of the violation of the rule of law contrarily to the TREATY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY (As amended on 14th December 2006 and 20th August 2007) and its Protocols; and
4) To call upon the suspended ten employees of the TNLA not to attend investigation as they are already suspended as the investigation comes before suspension and also to call upon the other employees to stay calm as we the Ordinary Members of the two Houses have taken the duty to defend the Constitution and by implications protect their rights.
Hon. Jul Nhommgek Daniel, MP, SPLM-IO, RTNLA, Representing Cueibet County, Lakes State, Juba, South Sudan. Stating on behalf of Ordinary Members of the Parliament (TNLA) (Backbenchers). Tel: 0922772165, email: nhomngekjuol@gmail.com;

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Gen. Buay rejects investigation committee on Mayom extrajudicial killings

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JUBA – South Sudan opposition commander and leader of the holdout South Sudan People’s Movement/Army (SSPM/A) Gen. Stephen Buay Rolnyang has downplayed impact of a recent investigation committee formed by President Kiir to investigate Mayom extrajudicial killings.

In July, fighting between rebel forces belonging to Buay and South Sudan People’s Defense Forces resulted in the killing of Mayom County Commissioner who was attacked and assassinated in his house at dawn on July 21.

The government responded by hunting down rebel forces and was able to convince Sudan to handover to them those who had fled to Sudan. Four opposition commanders who were handed over by the Sudanese authorities were later on executed.

The killing parked public outcry with President Kiir being urged by members of the public to remove the governor of Unity State Nguen Manytuil Wijang who is accused of direct involvement in the killing of the opposition commanders.

Kiir then formed a committee to investigate the rising insecurity in Unity State and told the committee to receive a report in a period not exceeding two weeks.

Speaking to Sudans Post this afternoon, General Buay said he doubts that something will be done by the committee, citing previous committees formed without tangible results.

“The SSPM/A has learned with great concern the formation of the investigation committee that was formed by the regime to investigate the extrajudicial killing of the SSPA officers who were kidnapped in Fula state, Sudan on 6 August 2022 and summarily executed in Mayom by the governor of unity state on 8 August 2022,” he said.

“It has been a tendency of the regime to form an investigation committee which usually ends up without any tangible results or outcome,” he added.

He said “Several investigation committees were formed by the President himself and the results were undermined and sabotaged and thrown into dustbin with good example of the recent investigation committee that was formed to investigate atrocities that were committed by allied militias and SSPDF forces in South of Unity state, therefore, the investigation committee ended up without any tangible results. So, this investigation committee is not exceptional.”

General Buay further alleged that army generals who were involved “in the extrajudicial killing of the SSPA officers have been secretly sent to Khartoum by Hon. Tut Gatluak pretending to be sick to avoid investigation committee.”

These, he said, are General Joseph Manyuat, General Bol Mayak, and General Michal Makal Kuol Majak.

 

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South Sudan rejects Morocco’s request to severe ties with Sahrawi

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NEW YORK – South Sudan has rejected Morocco’s request for it to severe diplomatic ties with the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, saying it supports the position of the African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) on the matter.

The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic is a partially recognised state, recognised by 41 UN member states, located in the western Maghreb, which claims the non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara, but controls only the easternmost one-fifth of that territory.

On Tuesday, South Sudan’s Vice President for Services Cluster, Hussein Abdelbagi Akol met and held discussions with the Sahrawi Minister of Foreign Affairs on the sidelines of the 77th regular session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

 

 

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations, how to advance the interests of Africans, advocate for peace, security and supporting more than a decade-old policy in which they supported the continental body’s call for free self-determination of the Sahrawi people.

The meeting between the two leaders angered the Moroccan government, which protested in a letter it sent to the South Sudanese embassy in the North African country.

However, South Sudan’s Foreign Affairs ministry informed the Kingdom of Morocco government that “the meeting between our delegation and the Sahrawi Minister of Foreign Affairs does not negate our strategic bilateral relations with the kingdom.”

“The Republic of South Sudan is a member of the African Union and the United Nations and would want to reiterate that it does not see it fit to have contrary views to the position of the African Union and UN [Security Council] Resolution 690, as a viable engagement framework to find a lasting solution over the dispute on Western Sahara”, it added.

Juba further said it has not deviated from supporting the AU and UN’s position which insists the Sahrawi people be allowed to decide their future.

“South Sudan’s leadership and the government position on the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic is fully supportive of the decision of the Organization of African Unity turned African Union to admit SADR to its membership on 22nd August 1982, and the AU Charter which calls for the unquestionable and inalienable right of a people to self-determination,” stressed the ministry’s statement.

In 2017, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI visited South Sudan and held talks with President Salva Kiir aimed at “promoting friendship and solidarity” between both nations. The visit came at the time Morroco was seeking support to return to the AU.

Foreign policy experts, however, argue that the position of South Sudan would have backpedaled a decade-old policy in which African countries generally support calls for a referendum in a region Morocco claims is part of its territory.

 

 

 

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MoH deploys Ebola response team at southern borders

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The national Ministry of Health has deployed a technical team of 15 health workers to areas bordering Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo to monitor and screen travelers amid the new Ebola outbreak in Uganda.

Dr. Victoria Anib Majur, the ministry’s undersecretary said a five-member team is heading to Yambio of Western Equatoria State.

The health personnel include public health officers, lab technicians, case management surveillance officers and infection and preventing control officers.

“The ministry of health is very determined to make sure that there are precautionary measures in place to make sure Ebola doesn’t enter to the country,” said Anib.

“On top of it, we want to send a message to people to adhere with measure by washing hand If any person develops symptoms of fever or suspects any symptoms, he should report it to the nearest health facility.”

Dr. Victoria who spoke to reporters upon the departure of the doctors from Juba Airport, revealed that the ministry has also dispatched similar five-member team to Yei and another to Nimule.

Team of specialists deployed in Yei to conduct surveillance on Ebola Virus Disease. (Mabior Kiir).
She said the health professionals will launch precautionary measures center to monitor suspect Ebola cases.

On Tuesday, health authorities in Uganda declared an outbreak of Ebola after a case of the rare Sudan strain was confirmed in Mubende district in the central part of the country.

So far, 31 confirmed and suspected cases, and 19 deaths have been reported by Uganda’s health ministryOn Friday, President Kiir’s cabinet meeting allocated 500,000 US dollars as funds for mitigation and prevention of Ebola following reported outbreak of the virus in Uganda early this week.

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