Ministers summoned over flood mitigation yet to appear before Parliament

Ministers summoned over flood mitigation yet to appear before Parliament
Chairperson of the Information Committee at National Parliament, Paul Yoane (photo credit: courtesy)

The eight national ministers summoned by the Members of Parliament in the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly (R-TNLA) to answer queries relating to flood mitigation are yet to appear before the house.

The RTNLA Information Committee Chairperson Designate, Paul Yoane, said the ministers were expected to appear on Wednesday, 17/11/2021, as it is the last day of weekly parliamentary sitting.

Those who were summoned were the ministers of humanitarian, environment, finance, interior, health, petroleum, water and irrigation, and the minister of gender, child and social welfare.

Two chairpersons from the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission and the Human Rights Commission are also yet to appear before the house.

“So far they have been served with a summon letter to come and make the presentation, but I don’t know how they handled the conduct of a business so they didn’t make a presentation on the same day,” Yoane told The City Review yesterday.

“I believe that the office of the clerk and speaker are going to handle them, and I think the presentations will be next week because the last day for us if there is sitting, is only Wednesday. But if we miss it then it will be next Monday, ” he added.  

According to Yoane, the August House had two important motions presented by two members concerning the flood in Malakal County, Upper Nile.

Floods have affected and displaced over 760, 000 people across the country since May 2021, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

The most affected states include Upper Nile, Jonglei, Unity, and Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal states. The United Nations Agency described those states as “the most hit the most”.

The World Food Programme [WFP] is seeking financial support for the 750,000 people affected by the flood across the country. The agency described the raging flood as a threat that could reverse the gains made in food security.

Out of 760,000 at least, 365,000 people have been displaced. In Unity State alone, local authorities indicate that almost 90 per cent of the state is underwater, leaving very few safe havens for displaced people.

According to the WFP statement, the organization is reaching out to 300,000 people, which is 40 per cent of those heavily impacted by recurring floods in South Sudan.