The formation of the state’s parliament raised mixed reactions among members, some welcoming reappointment and others dismayed for being left out.
President Salva Kiir Mayardit issued a republican decreed, reconstituting the long-awaited states assemblies in four, Lakes, Central Equatoria, Western Equatoria, and Upper Nile state.
This is seen as a critical step toward fully implementing the 2018 revitalized peace deal signed in Khartoum.
Peace monitors and the UN have urged the unity government to reconstitute states assemblies that can work closely with the transitional parliament to review and enact the laws such as security bills, financial and judiciary reforms.
The new reconstituted states parliament has new faces and welcomed the appointments. At the same time, those left out say Kiir should revise the list because they were duly elected in the 2010 Sudan general elections.
Hon. Jacob Ladu, MP representing Lanya County in Central Equatoria, said they plan to visit their constituencies after the swearing-in. He added his mission is to disseminate peace and create awareness for people in remote areas to know peace is worthy.
Hon. Madhieu Makuach MP from Lakes State parliament says the formation of the state assembly is crucial when communities face challenges, including insecurity and national disasters like floods.
“The state parliament plays a critical function for check and balance, as the people’s eyes, ears, and voices, said Mdhieu.
He said they provide an oversight role as the body that checks the executive in the state. Hon. Makuach said they hope to see the remaining states and administrative areas parliamentarian appointed.
However, some left-out members say they are disappointed in the process despite having won elections in 2010. They say it is unfair and urged President Kiir to look into the matter and revise the list.
Hon. Mabor Ater Dhuol was elected in 2010 on the SPLM ticket unopposed. Ater say he felt let down by the party SPLM, he strongly believed in but said he is happy the peace implementation is ongoing.
The expanded states parliaments of a hundred MPs per sharing ratio include representatives from the parties to revitalize the peace deal.