Rejection Of National Justice Ministry Nominee Was Unconstitutional: Whip

Northern Bahr el Ghazal state’s Assembly Chief Whip, Daniel Akol Diing. [Gurtong | File]

In a press statement obtained by Gurtong, Diing refuted the move made by the national Assembly and said the rejection was unconstitutional urging the members for real and genuine vetting when doing public affairs.

As of most concerns, Diing said he was angered by the members who went against the constitution to unlawfully disapprove Telar.

“According to the provision of Articles 4 and 46 of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan (TCRSS) I am obliged by those articles to defend the Constitution and the entire population of the Republic of South Sudan more especially on Constitutional issues. So, we the citizen of the ten States will be probing more about the discrimination, deprivation and torturing that were done to Gen Telar Riing Deng during his vetting as the Justice Minister in the new Cabinet,” Akol said.

Diing however declares that, the vetting Committee opted to enthusiastically wage a political war against the President and more especially on the vetted minister.

He however insists that the decision was a war against the SPLM caucus extinguishing that the decision on those excuses of NLA were bias.

“In reference to article 112 sub article 2 of South Sudan Transitional Constitution, it says that the cabinet appointed by the president shall be approved by a simple majority or rejected as a whole until amendments are made in it. Now there is no provision in the Constitution that specifies that Ministers should be appointed as per their academic specializations and many of them have been appointed to different fields, why not him too?” he asked.

The legislator further refers to article 12 of TCRSS on the Bills of Rights, which prevents that no citizen should be deprived of any right.

“Also, there is no provision in the Constitution that says the Ministers shall be appointed as per their fields of specializations. Furiously why was he vetted and voted alone? Is this constitutional or anarchy? Is it not a stigmatization against him? If not why not was he assigned or relocated to another Ministry as it was done to some of his colleagues? Therefore people need to check that provision about the equality before the law,” he warned.

Last two weeks, the deputy speaker of Northern Bahr el Ghazal state legislative Assembly, Athiang Manok Athiang was the first to raise his concern of unfairness over the treatment of Telar, saying the national legislators in Juba have waged a real war against president where he warned that necessary steps have to be taken against the issue.

It is not clear the whole assembly in the state is unhappy about the national upper house decision to reject Telar or whether there is division within the lawmakers.

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