Parliament Adjourns Sitting To Honor Victims Of Plane Crash

Business at the Transitional National Legislative Assembly was adjourned on Monday to allow Members of Parliament to mourn victims of the Yirol plane crash that killed 20 people.

Parliament Adjourns Sitting To Honor Victims Of Plane Crash

By Ojwe Lumara

JUBA, 11 September 2018 [Gurtong]
-A commercial plane crashed into a lake in South Sudan on Sunday killing 20 people. Three of the passengers however survived. The 19-seater commercial Baby Air plane was destined to Yirol from Juba on Sunday morning.

In the TNLA session on Monday chaired by the deputy Speaker, Timothy Tot Chuol, the MPs observed a minute of silence to remember the victims of the plane crash before the deputy speaker adjourned the sitting to Tuesday.

“We came here unprepared because we knew we were going to adjourn the sitting. A very terrible incident happened in our country yesterday. About 19 people perished in a plane crash over Yirol, therefore we thought that was a very big tragic incident and we cannot continue to meet as usual and we are to go to the families of the victims to comfort them,” the deputy Speaker Timothy Tot said.

“I know there are many MPs here whose relatives died in that incident and it is because of this incident that we have decided to adjourn the sitting.”

The August House was prepared to discuss the draft Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Bill 2018 in its third reading stage.

Discussions on the Bill were adjourned twice last week.

The chairperson of the specialized parliamentary committee on information and communication, Paul Yoane Bonju defended that the MPs took advantage of the plane crash to adjourn the sitting again.

“The Members of Parliament are 100% ready to attend and to deliberate on the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Bill in the third reading but unfortunately circumstances and God could not allow us to continue because we lost precious lives of South Sudanese in a tragic plane crash which took place yesterday in Yirol in which we lost about 19 South Sudanese,” Bonju argued.  “On that basis, the Speaker adjourned the sitting so that the Members of Parliament will join the families in prayers so that God receives their souls in peace,” he added.

He added that the session was adjourned twice last week for different reasons compared to Monday’s.

“I believe that the members will tomorrow (Tuesday) continue normally with the sitting and this draft Bill of Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets,” MP Bonju added.

The state government of Eastern Lakes on Sunday also declared three days of mourning to honor the victims of Yirol plane crash.


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