The opening of the second session of the South Sudan National Assembly (SSNA) sittings in Juba. [Gurtong /Waakhe Simon Wudu]
By Waakhe Simon Wudu
JUBA, 12 June 2012 [Gurtong] - South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit opened the session at a ceremony graced by the legislature, executive, judiciary, civil society and members of the diplomatic corps.
President Kiir commended the work done by the August House in the last session and pronounced a number of issues the house should focus on.
Among the issues include; speeding up of agricultural production policies, measures to fight corruption, insecurity, health and taxes that comprise non- oil revenues aimed at addressing economic inadequacies in the infant nation.
He called upon parliament to be decisive in cutting costs, adding that “the Austerity Measures Committee has recommended monthly spending to 500 million South Sudan Pounds, half of what the government has spent from January to May this year in the 6.5billion South Sudan Pounds 2012/13 budget that will be presented to the house”, he said.
“It is therefore an obligation and responsibility for our electorates that we fulfill what is expected of us. I call upon parliament to ratify necessary and needed lacking laws to streamline a number of issues that remain unaddressed due to absence of laws”, said Kiir.
He at the same time called for proactive approach to debates in the Assembly, saying South Sudanese were watching the performance of their leaders.
SSNA Speaker James Wani Igga said 18 bills were assented to by the President out of the 22 bills presented before the assembly.
“We are proud to note the vigorous participation of the stakeholders and interest groups during the public hearings carried out by the Committees while debating the Bills specifically on the National Election, Political Parties and Petroleum among others”, Igga said.
He unveiled 20 future and immediate action plans in addition to the President’s Policy statement that the government should work towards development of the one –year- old country.
He urged the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to spearhead dissemination of information government activities to the public frequently.