South Sudan

South Sudan Parliament Approves 28 States

Chimpreports has exclusively learnt that NTV Entertainment presenter, health Miles Rwamiti Apuuli is set to sue opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party after its officials denied him party ticket to run for Kampala City Lord Mayor seat.

Rwamiti was abandoned by his mother-party that took a decision to support the incumbent, Elias Lukwago supposedly for strategic reasons.

“It’s true Rwamiti expressed interest for the said seat but as a party, we took a decision that we felt was the best for some strategic reasons; we talked to him and he accepted to abide by the party’s position,”, FDC Electoral Commission deputy Chairperson, Michael Kabaziguruka told Chimp Reports in a phone interview on Wednesday.

To this effect, Rwamiti has told this website that he has finalized with all the necessary documents to file a case against FDC before courts of law.

“I handed in my declaration forms for endorsement from the party only to be told by the chairman, Amb. Wasswa Birigwa that the party had formed an alliance with Lukwago,” Rwamiti told Chimpreports on Thursday night.

“Birigwa told me that the party could not nominate me as their flag bearer. I cannot accept this because Lukwago isn’t even a member of the FDC and such an alliance is not stipulated anywhere in the party’s constitution.”

“My supporters are already waiting for my nomination as FDC candidate. There is no way they are going to take it hearing that these people have refused to endorse my papers. I am therefore basing on this reason and many others to sue the party.”

“Both the Secretary General, Nandala Mafabi and his Deputy, Kaija have refused to sign on my declaration forms. I am giving them only three hours (starting Friday morning) to respond to this request and if they fail to do so, they should wait for my next move.”
The South Sudan Parliament which is better known as the National Assembly on Thursday passed the amendment proposals of increasing the number of states from the existing 10 to 28.

The country`s justice minister recently moved a motion to amend the Transitional Constitution to give room for the creation of more states that is currently restricted.

The motion follows a unilateral decree by President Salva Kiir few months ago that ordered for the formation of 18 additional states. The Transitional Constitution however doesn’t give president the powers to alter the state boundaries.

The government, viagra that had said the order was express and needed no second thought of taking it to Parliament, had to reverse its decision and send the justice minister to present it to the august house for approval.

The motion read by the house speaker Manasseh Magok technically did not mention about the 28 states but simply concentrated on removing the legal impediments that restrict the numbers of states to 10.

The majority of the currently contesting numbers of Members of Parliament approved the motion to amend the three articles in the Transitional Constitution.

The speaker announced after the exercise that the bill was passed and the numbers were adequate enough for the quorum to handle the business.

The 28 states declared by president Kiir are; Imatong, Nyamonong, Maridi, Amadi, Gbudwe, Juba, Terekeka, Yei River, Greater Bhar el Ghazal, Wau, Aweil, Lol, Aweil East, Twic , Gogrial East, Tonj, Eastern Lake, Western Lake, Greater Upper Nile, Northern Liech, Southern Liech, Ruweng, Eastern Nile, Jonglei, Western Nile, Western Bieh, Eastern Bieh, Latjor and Boma.

The opposition mainly the armed SPLA-IO under Dr. Riek Machar disagreed and condemned the move saying it contravenes the spirit and principles of the peace accord signed in August this year.

The Compromised Peace Agreement distributes the power share between the government, the SPLA-IO and smaller parties based on the existing 10 states.

The creation of more states gives more powers to the government under Kiir and dwindles the already-small power percentage given to Dr. Machar and his group.

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