MPs fly to Djibouti for parliamentary cooperation
The speaker of the National Legislative Assembly Jemma Nunu Kumba has led a high-level delegation to attend the 43rd and 76th session of the Executive Committee of the African Parliamentary Union in Djibouti.
The conference with a 41-member team from within the continent is conducted annually to discuss parliamentary cooperation in the promotion of peace, democracy, good governance, and sustainable development.
The delegation left Juba for Djibouti on Saturday at the level of the executive committee meeting to join members of the African Parliamentary Group who registered as national assemblies of different African nations.
The speaker was accompanied by Rebecca Joshua Okwaci, who is a government chief whip, James Lual and Echi Bari Wanji, and other supporting staff.
The conference will also elect a new chairperson of the executive committee according to Article 10, paragraph 6 of the statutes.
The designated Chairperson of the Standing Specialised Committee on Information at the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) Paul Yoane Bonju described the conference as a hub.
He said it was where parliamentarians share ideas of challenges in the region and brainstorm on better approaches to the obstacles.
Bonju added that the top of the agenda was a chance for the members who did not apply to be full members of the African Parliamentary Group to be registered as observers.
“It is a body where any urgent matter concerning a lobby is tabled. Parliament works through the lobby. If you have an issue as a country, you table it so that the rest of the member states support you for your agenda to succeed,” Bonju explained.
Bonju stressed that upon their return, the challenges facing the nation would have been heard in the region and the lawmakers would probably return with the right ways of tackling them.
“The citizens will be expecting our voice to be heard in the region. We will be having more friends than we will be having more enemies and through the parliamentary lobby we will be able to strengthen our bilateral ties with the member states and the international community,” he reiterated.
Bonju said the parliament represents the will of the South Sudanese as stipulated in Article 55 and Article 1 of the Transitional Constitution.
He urged citizens to be proactive in attending parliamentary sessions, stressing that they had space for them in the parliament which they are not utilizing.
“That gallery should be maximized by our citizens, let them present themselves and encourage their members of parliament to raise issues that are affecting them in their respective areas,” Bonju concluded.
The conference runs from 11th to 15th October 2021.