Lakes State Parliament Adjourns Commissioner’s Hearing

David Marial Gumke addressing parliamentarians as speaker John Marik (seated) listens [©Gurtong]

David Marial Gumke addressing parliamentarians as speaker John Marik (seated) listens [©Gurtong]

The Lakes state parliament has adjourned the hearing of Rumbek East County Commissioner David Marial Gumke to 3 January, 2012. Commissioner David is expected to answer Parliamentarians over summons which he turned down last Monday due to his personal problems.

Mr. Marial managed to appear in parliament yesterday but the legislatures declined to listen to his report and referred him to January 3, 2012 for the hearing.

Commissioner Marial told the House that he failed to appear before parliament due to his wife’s illness in Juba. Marial said his wife was admitted in Juba hospital in bad condition and parliament’s summon letter had been coincidentally sent when he was away.

Gumke explained that, “I did not run away from your questions thats why I papered before you today to explain and report to you honourable members.”

Lakes State parliament has also issued another summon for 2 State Ministers to appear before parliament in the second week of January 2012. The summoned Ministers are Minister of Finance, Trade and Industry Mr. Pur Chienggan Dakbai and Minister for Health Dr. Samuel Mayek Deng.

The Finance Minister is expected to answer questions over grand funds allegedly embezzled at the expense of State development.

Meanwhile the Health Minister will be questioned over workers salary delays which caused protests in some Counties last month such as Awerial, Yirol West, Yirol East and Cueibet.

The Lakes State Speaker Mr. John Marik Makur expressed confidence that parliament had the right to summon any State official to report to them.

Since the beginning of this week, the Lakes State parliamentarians have been questioning 4 Commissioners over increased cattle raids and an update on disarmament in their respective Counties.

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