Governance Cluster adopts constitution-making process bill

Governance Cluster adopts constitution-making process bill
First Vice President Dr Riek Machar in a past press address. (photo credit: courtesy)

JUBA – The Governance Cluster has adopted a Ministerial  Memorandum on Constitution-Making Process Bill.

The process of drafting a permanent constitution of South Sudan was initiated two years ago following the signing of the revitalized peace agreement in September 2018 but since then the process had remained stuck.

However, in the Governance Cluster meeting shared by the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar on Wednesday, discussed and adopted the Ministerial Memorandum on Constitution-Making Process Bill 2021 presented by the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Ruben Madol.

The same meeting also adopted the recommendations of the Governance Cluster’s meeting No.4 that was held on 6th July 2021.

Garang Tong Akeen, the Deputy Minister of Cabinet Affairs said the Ministry of Justice has been urged to table the bill before the council of ministers for deliberation.

“It is deliberated on by the governance cluster and we passed it to be adopted in the next council of ministers,” he added.

In July, the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs with funding from the European Union held a two-day workshop in  Juba on the constitutional making process under the auspice of the Revitalised Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC).

The workshop discussed the constitution drafting process, roles and mandates of the institutions, modalities of public participation, and the sequence of the constitution-making process.

There were 45 resolutions deliberated by the representatives from different political parties and stakeholders in which they promised to reach a consensus on important decisions on the constitutional process.