Key Economic Bills Top Priority for S. Sudan Parliament

The President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit has announced plans to implement crucial laws within the first hundred days of his new government.

Key Economic Bills Top Priority for S. Sudan Parliament
(L-R) SSLA Speaker Wani Igga, President Salva Kiir and Deputy Speaker Joseph Bol [© Gurtong]

By Waakhe Simon Wudu

JUBA, 08 August 2011 [Gurtong] - Speaking when he officially inaugurated the South Sudan Legislative Assembly at Nyakuron Cultural Centre in Juba yesterday, 8 August 2001, President Kiir said the new laws will guide the new country as it embarks on development.

“In the first 100 days I will make sure that the new government of the Republic of South Sudan passes five essential laws to steer management of our financial and natural resources, including oil,” Kiir said.

“We will send to parliament the Public Financial Management and Accountability Act, the Procurement Act, the Internal Audit Act, the Petroleum Act for regulating the management of oil resources and the Oil Revenue Management Law for sustainable and transparent management of the oil income,” he told the Assembly in its first sitting since the declaration of the independence of South Sudan on 9 July 2011.

President Kiir also disclosed that audits will be undertaken in the three most significant spending government ministries and agencies in the coming three months.

“We will take action on the findings and as I have pointed out before, there will be no loopholes for people who are addicted to mishandling public resources,” he cautioned.

The President urged the lawmakers to process and pass the laws without delay, saying the laws are needed as a “matter of urgency”.

He said his government will not tolerate corruption, saying it greatly affects service delivery.

“The people of South Sudan overwhelmingly voted for independence in the hope for a better life. They therefore have high expectations which we must meet as a government”, said Kiir.

President Kiir at the same time affirmed the government’s intention to streamline the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), saying a manageable size would be cost effective for the strong foundation of the new nation.

“Within the first 100 days, we will launch our new program for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration. We will provide tailored programs to give the reintegrated soldiers a new start,” he said.

The Speaker of South Sudan Legislative Assembly Wani Igga called for concerted efforts in improving security in the new country, saying development could only be attained in a peaceful environment.

“We must conduct comprehensive disarmaments in order to ensure that South Sudanese go about their businesses without fear in the towns and in the countryside. I also call upon any rebels hiding in the bush to utilize the amnesty declared by our president during the Independence Day celebrations”, he said.

The ceremony was attended by hundreds of national and state members of parliament, caretaker ministers, senior government officials and members of the diplomatic corps. 

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