Lakes State Governor Re-Sworn, Signs Transitional Constitution

Lakes State Governor Chol Tong Mayay (centre) being sworn in after he signed the State constitution [©Gurtong]

Lakes State Governor Chol Tong Mayay (centre) being sworn in after he signed the State constitution [©Gurtong]

Governor Tong was re-sworn as part of the Transitional Constitution for the Republic of South Sudan mandate. The governor officially signed the Lakes State transitional constitution into law witnessed by lawmakers, members of the public, cabinet ministers and the traditional authority.

Governor Tong told the people that his first core value in the new cabinet is to address insecurity through civil population disarmament across the State and to imposed rule of law equally.

“From now on the Lakes State government has prioritised to maintain peace and security through involving communities in sensitization, apply customary laws duly passed earlier, ensure effective security measures are taken every time there is need, continue to disarm the civil population in accordance with the general disarmament policy of the Republic South Sudan, speed up the apprehension of criminals, urge relevant courts to hasten trial of cases on time and clear backlogs cases,” he said in his speech

Chol urged all chiefs and traditional leaders to be fully engaged in peace building and reconciliation process in the State. He also said that transparency and accountability are key measures to be observed by the State government during service delivery to the people across the State.

“Our guiding principles shall be transparency, accountability, respect for and protection of human rights, justice for all and equality before the law just to mention few,” he continued.

“We shall also continue in our efforts to achieve an effective and productive government, this time round we shall fully implement the public service reforms policy framework, adherence to recruitment, promotion policy and procedures will strictly be observed and any deviations shall be met with serious measures,” the governor stressed.

He called upon all the Lakes State constitutional post holders to declare their respective assets to State Anticorruption Commission as required by law.

The UNMISS State Coordinator representative, Renuka Chidambaram congratulated the State government for re-swearing in the State Governor for the second time.

She said that the new UNMISS mandate is to support good governance in the State – such as civilian disarmament and to combat food insecurity.

Renuka also added that development could be achieved through ox-ploughing which will allow more job opportunities to youths across Lakes State. 

She also affirmed that the United Nations will be present to witness the permanent constitution making process, which will be signed into law in the near future.

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