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South Sudanese president signs NGO Bill into law

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February 11, 2016 (JUBA) — South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir has signed into law the non-governmental oganisation (NGOs) Bill into law, despite global pressure to delay it.

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President Salva Kiir addresses the nation at the South Sudan National Parliament in Juba, November 18, 2015. (Photo Reuters/Jok Solomon)

The presidential spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny confirmed the Bill’s signing on Thursday.

The law empowers a government appointed registrar to monitor the work of humanitarian organizations and employ at least 80% South Sudanese. Non citizens will loss their jobs to give way for nationals. A failure to observe the law will attract 3 years in prison or fine of 50,000 South Sudanese Pounds or both.

“The president signed the NGO bills into law today and it has become an act of parliament now, which is capable of being implemented by the law implementers,” Ateny told Sudan Tribune by phone Thursday.

The president also signed relief and rehabilitation bill into law. The South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission is empowered to monitor and streamline NGO operation.

About 4 millions South Sudanese rely on humanitarian assistance for food, medicine and education. Various NGOs and several other western diplomats had earlier urged President Kiir not to sign the bill which was passed by parliament last week.

Humanitarian agencies said such a law will impede the work of reaching to the most vulnerable people in the world’s youngest nation..

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  • 12 February 2016 05:52, by Gabriel KK

    Well done Mr.President! South Sudanese working with NGOS will be better off under these bills.

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    • 12 February 2016 07:00, by Akuma

      Good move Mr. President, South Sudanese don’t want briefcase NGOs to work when South Sudanese people don’t benefiting on their programs.

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  • 12 February 2016 05:52, by Gabriel KK

    Well done Mr.President! South Sudanese working with NGOS will be better off under these bills.

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    • 12 February 2016 06:15, by Panda Odhie

      Thanks Mr president I don’t know why western are so critics about the NGOS bill,this is for South Sudan as a country their rejection mean they been doing something in work

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  • 12 February 2016 07:53, by Dengda

    long waiting Bill is finally put into law. Foreigners workers have been benefit from the blood of innocent civilians and local people pay poor with local currency and foreigners enjoy hard currency. This is the move i have agreed with president since last 4 years. Thursday will be remember as significant Day of the week of Feb. Now, you have to cancel hiring of Zimbabwean workers, being proposes.

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