UN urges parliament to expedite formation of special committees

UN urges parliament to expedite formation of special committees
Cong Guang, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (photo credit: courtesy)

The Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General Guang Cong has urged the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislature Assembly (R-TNLA) to speed up the formation of the specialised committees to review and enact critical bills.

The statement came a week after the lawmakers passed the Conduct of Business Regulations that guide members during their regular deliberations. However, it is over two months since the Parliament was inaugurated the lawmakers have not formed the specialised committees.

He made the statement at the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC) monthly meeting in Juba Thursday.

Mr Cong said it was encouraging to see the R-TNLA fully functional following the resolution of the disagreement among the Other Political Parties (OPP) over sharing the seats in the national legislatures.

 “The TNLA has debated and passed the Conduct of Business Regulations and deliberated on the President (Salva Kiir) speech. To move forward, the various specialised committees should be established without delay, given their criticality in parliamentary proceedings.

“These steps should also be followed by the establishment of state legislative assemblies and national commissions,” Cong said.

“Parliament legislative agenda is extensive. The R-TNLA will need to expedite the review and enactment of priority bills on the reform of the security, financial, and judicial sectors, as well as the constitution-making process bill and electoral legislation to take the implementation of the peace agreement forward,” he said.

Agendas on list

The UN Deputy Chief said the passing of the national budget for 2021-2022 should be at the top priority issues of the parliament once they form the specialised committees.

Cong affirmed UNMISS commitment to continue to support the parliament in areas of capacity building and other stakeholders to ensure effective and inclusive popular participation through civic engagement at all levels of society.

However, Cong hailed the government for what he said was positive progress it has made towards the implementation of the peace agreement.

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