Members of the National Assembly takes oath

South Sudan's Members of Parliament taking oath of office at Freedom Hall in Juba on Monday, 2nd August 2021

The Reconstituted National Transitional Legislative Parliament and the Council of State have been sworn in to take charge of the August house in South Sudan fully.

Five hundred and two from the National Assembly and ninety-two Council of states members took oath this afternoon before Chief Justice Chan Reech Madut at Freedom Hall.

But fifty-six MPs missed the swearing-in ceremony. The Clerk of the parliament said those members were not on the registered list for reasons unknown.

According to the peace agreement, the National parliament shall have 550 members and a Council of States with one hundred lawmakers. Both are representing all parties in the deal.

The Speaker of National Assembly Rt Hon Jemma Nunu Kumba calls the MPs to restore the hope of South Sudanese and look beyond party interests.

She said there is a need for dialogue to move the peace implementation forward so that other nations should not regard South Sudan as a failed state.

“The Situation demand that we as representatives of our people should look beyond political, partisans, tribal expediency and focus keenly on the common good of all. Our various political parties should put heads together so that we can collectively solve our national problem,” Hon. Nunu said.

The Speaker of the Council of State, Hon: Deng Deng Akoon, assured the public that the lawmakers would work as one government with goals to deliver services.

He warned the MPs to avoid sectional politics that could drive the peace implementation and undermine the public interest.

“This August house is tasked to solve state and government issues. Sectional and tribal politics has no place in our home. We must carry out the responsibility as one people under one government,” Rt Deng said.

Some MPs express excitements after being sworn in their various offices. They say they must implement peace and pass the law to help the country recover from the conflict.

Others believe the reconstituted parliament will make a difference due to its nature of multiparty collations.

“From today, we’re for the services delivery to the citizens, and we’re committed to doing it under the leadership of Jemma Nunu Kumba, who is also a mother.”

“I am so happy the day has come not only for us as an individual but for our people and the country. The citizens have been waiting for the third arms of the government, and they finally got it” 

“I’ve been in this parliament for over ten years, and this time will be different because we’re hoping to deliver lots of developmental things to the people since it’s a parliament of peace,” MPs stressed.

The peace agreement expands the Reconstituted Assembly from four hundred to five hundred forty MPS.

Former I-TGoNU appointed 332, The SPLM-IO take 128, and Other Political Parties nominated fifty with ten from the Former Detainees. 

The Council of States was also increased to one hundred members representing all parties in the agreement.

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