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South Sudan President reinstates Eastern Equatoria Speaker

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South Sudan President reinstates Eastern Equatoria Speaker

Wednesday 10 December 2008.

December  9,  2008  (TORIT)  — The President of the Government of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit has directed the reopening of Eastern Equatoria State  Legislative Assembly and asked Speaker Ms. Sabina Dario Lokolong to resume her normal duties and responsibilities, because she was irregularly impeached.

The  reinstatement  of  Lokolong  comes  four  months  after its irregular
impeachment  by  the state parliament on August 25. A joint committee from the  southern  Sudan  ministry  of  parliamentary affairs and the SPLM was dispatched  to  investigate  the  incident  and report to the president of
southern Sudan government.

Salva  Kiir met in Torit with the SPLM caucus members in Eastern Equatoria
who  were  behind  the impeachment of the speaker on Sunday December 7 and warned them against division.

The  state  MPs who had voted the motion against the speaker rejected last
August  any  attempt  to reinstate Lokolong. They had told the minister of
parliamentarian affairs, Martin Elias Lomoro they would never accept to be
led by the current speaker.

However, the speaker had the support of the minister and the SPLM southern
sector who probed the dispute. They found there was no sufficient evidence
against  the  speaker;  they  also  said  the procedure of impeachment was
questionable.

Among  the  nine charges made against the speaker were alleged downplaying the  theft  of  money  in the Assembly, deceiving and denying MPs of their rights  and  allowances;  she was also accused of corruption for employing her brother as driver in the state assembly.

Salva  Kiir  was  in  Torit also to attend the graduation of more than two
thousand   SPLA   commissioned,   non-commissioned  officers  and  men  at
Owiny-Kibul,  Eastern Equatoria State after two-month training in military
science.
He  called  on  the forces to refrain from tribalism and politics but work
for  the  unity  of  Southern  Sudan.  Kiir directed the forces to protect
wildlife and forestry in their role to defend the economy of the region.

(ST)

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Written by torit1955

December 10, 2008 at 5:29 am

Posted in Sudan Politics

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