South Sudan Constitution in Violation, Former Vice President Says

South Sudan Constitution in Violation, Former Vice President Says

From All Africa

South Sudan’s former vice president Riek Machar says the country has witnessed continuous violations of national and states’ constitutions, calling on the judiciary to intervene and uphold the supreme laws of the land.

Machar, who has increasingly become a vocal critic of President Salva Kiir’s administration, cited a number of the most recent constitutional violations by the top national executive as well as by some state executive authorities.

The first deputy chairman of the south-governing Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) said the country’s president, under the national transitional constitution, had no authority to remove a member of parliament, more than two years after the transitional period began on 9 July 2011.

Machar who was sacked from his position in July this year after falling out Kiir over the direction of the country, criticised last week’s decision by the president to remove Unity state lawmaker Joseph Nguen Monytuil, now re-appointed caretaker governor.

The former vice-president, however, said it was constitutionally and procedurally correct for Monytuil to submit his resignation to parliament; or equally it would have been the parliament to relieve him, but not by the president, even if the president previously appointed him to the parliament.

Monytuil became the second caretaker governor to be appointed by president Kiir after the appointment of another caretaker military governor for Lakes state, Matur Chut Dhuol, this year.

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