Constitution Civil Educators Undergoing Training In Yei

This article was last updated on May 25, 2022

Eric J Moses said that the educators will help the citizens to understand the review process and other issues of governance, transparency and accountability.

The civic educators are also to prepare the citizens for consultation by the Transitional Constitution Review Committee when they visit the community for consultation.

Citizens need to know the contents of the Transitional Constitution, as many people are still ignorant of the Interim constitution and human rights.

Starting Monday, the democracy bus will start touring Yei, Morobo and Lainya counties to sensitize the citizens and create awareness through theatre, debate, information stands and game boards.

The exercise requires more human resource and currently is being funded by the Open Society Initiative in East Africa and Yei Community Resource Centre.

The Chairman of the National Constitution Review Committee (NCRC) Akolda M. Tier met with President Salva Kiir Mayardit asking for an extension of the commission’s term to complete its mandate

Akolda said that, they lost six to seven months and requesting that the period lost be compensated.

The commission was established in January and was mandated to review the interim constitution of South Sudan.

Akolda said that they started in July after receiving their budget of about 1.9 million South Sudanese Pounds.

He argued that they started their work after getting their budget and that, the lost months be compensated.
He noted that they have not yet done the basic things for which they were appointed but said they will not fail to present a text.

However he was reserved as to whether they will finish their work even if their lost periods are compensated.

“The committee of 55 people might help or hinder quick work because everyone wants to talk,” he said.

The chairman revealed that the president is yet to respond to his request adding that Kiir said that he is going to discuss with his colleagues.

The commission has not yet started revising the constitution but the chairman said it will kick off soon after setting with the committees as soon as possible.

Meanwhile Justice Minister John Luke Jok said that he will give his support to ensure the extension of the time.

He added that failure to have a constitution is the most serious problem South Sudan will ever face.

Nevertheless, Clement Janda, a member of the council of states has urged members to look into the issue of South Sudanese diversity.

In lessons learnt during a visit by the committee to Kenya, 30 per cent of the members should be drawn from the states and counties.

The committee visited Kenya in September but according to Janda, the issue of recruitment in the country has not taken diversity into consideration.

As the Civil Society Organizations prepare the Communities for the consultation by Transitional Constitution Review Committee, this might exert pressure on the committee to pull up their stockings and work hard to accomplished their work.

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