COTAL Leaders Start Familiarization Tour to 3 African Countries

The Council of Traditional Authority Leaders (COTAL) from the Republic of South Sudan will this afternoon start a study and familiarization tour to South Africa, Botswana and Ghana.

JUBA, 13 January 2013 [Gurtong] – The tour involves meeting with National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) in Johannesburg and holding discussions with the President of Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (CONTRALESA).

They will also be addressed on Chieftaincy and Local Government by Kgoshi Thobejane, Dr. Mcebisi Ndltenyana, Prof. Shakes Binza and Prof. Lungisile Ntsebeza in Johannesburg.

In Botswana the team will get a briefing from the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs and meet with the Chairperson and Members of the House of Chiefs, including an address by the Chairperson on The Role of the House in the Governance of Modern Botswana in Gaborone.

In Ghana, the members will meet with Members of the National House of Chiefs, led by Prof. John Nabila and receive a lecture on Chieftaincy and Local Government in Ghana, Past and Present by Prof. George Hagan where they will also meet the Paramount Chief at Ho.

The tour ends on 01 February 2013.

The traditional leaders on the tour are:

1.Tor Deng MAWIEN BAK,  Presidential Advisor on Decentralisation and Intergovernmental Linkages
2 Garang AKOK, Office Manager of the Presidential Advisor on Decentralisation and Intergovernmental Linkages
3 James Lual DENG KUEL, Chairperson of Committee for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, National Legislative Assembly
4 John MASUA MADANZA, Chairperson of Committee for Decentralized Governance and State Affairs, National Legislature, Council of States
5 Agol Ayuel Adway AGOL, Chairperson of COTAL Upper Nile
6 Alfonse Legge Loku TOMBE, Chairperson of COTAL Central Equatoria
7 Wilson Peni Rikito GBUDUE, King of Zande
8 Akwai Agada AKWAI, King of Anyuak
9 Achien Achien YOR, Paramount Chief of Northern Bahr El Ghazal
10 Angelo Bagari Ungbanga UKUNGU, Paramount Chief of Western Bahr El Ghazal
11 David Mangar Nhial KON, Paramount Chief of Lakes State
12 Manoon Ater Guot CHOL, Executive Chief of Warrap
13 Del Rumdit DENG, Director General of Local Government and Traditional Authorities, Local Government Board, Office of the President
14 James Alala DENG, President of Court of Appeal Greater Bahr El Ghazal, Judiciary
15 Adam Abwol Kiir DENG, Legal Counsel, Ministry of Justice
16 Jackline Novello Nailock TAMOT, Director for Gender, Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare
17 Margret Akon Isaiah MAJOK, Gender Focal Point, Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare
18 Acuil Malith BANGGOL, Gurtong Trust Board Member
19 Toby COLLINS, Sudan Tribune (tbc)
20 Oliver HUMBEL, Human Security Adviser, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland
21 Kwesi Kwaa PRAH, Tour Leader, Professor, Centre for Advanced Studies on African Society (CASAS)

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