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S. Sudanese lawyer vows to block illegal election of regional MPs


July 13, 2017(JUBA) - A South Sudanese says he is closely monitoring the criteria that will be used by the coalition government to nominate its members to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) and warned that any process not in the interest of the East African treaty would call for blocking of all those nominated.

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South Sudanese MPs stand during a parliamentary session in Juba on 31 August 2011 (AFP)

In an interview with Sudan Tribune, Wani Santino Jada, said the process previously used to select MPs to the assembly was unfair and unrealistic.

“During the hearing, the attorney general confessed that the government was wrong and we reached into a concession that let them go back to Juba and conduct the election to meet the requirement of Article (50) of East Africa treaty of 1999 and to meet the requirement of East African election act,” said Jada.

Jada said Article (50) of the East Africa Community was misused by the South Sudanese president by appointing members of the ruling party and members of armed opposition faction allied to the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai.

He, however, said the process lacked inclusiveness by excluding other political parties in the country to contest as per the East Africa Community Policy Act.

The South Sudanese lawyer said nomination of the members of the armed opposition in the national assembly to the East Africa Parliament would not be accepted, since opposition entity was not registered as a political party.

“If the MPs under the Taban Deng Gai in the national assembly go through, am going to block them again in the court because the treaty is very clear that political parties are the legible parties that contest then the disability group and the social interested group, but the SPLM-IO [armed opposition faction] in parliament are not from a registered political party,” he stated.

Jada further said the SPLM-IO is not a political party unless it rejoins the main party under President Salva Kiir for their nomination to take place as per law.

He warned that any irregularities in relation to the nomination of members to the regional assembly would force him to file another case blocking it in the court.

Last month, South Sudan parliament revoked an earlier appointment of nine lawmakers to the East African Legislative Assembly, during an extraordinary session.

Jada brought the case before the East African Court of Justice in Tanzania, saying parliament and not the president had to select the nine South Sudanese members.

The president, in South Sudan, enjoys overwhelming legal powers. He appoints MPs, fire elected officials, including state governors and can suspend the national assembly according to the 2011 Transitional Constitution.

South Sudan officially joined the East African Community last year.


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  • 14 July 2017 08:12, by Eastern

    My learned friend Wani Santino Jada should know that SPLA is dangerous as it’s armed to the teeth. Take care!!

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    • 14 July 2017 08:41, by South South


      "My learned friend Wani Santino Jada"

      What kind of phrase is that in English?

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      • 14 July 2017 09:29, by Eastern

        South South,

        You are very stupid indeed. You have failed to make the difference between learned and learnt. A lawyer is a learned person. Get the difference between LEARNED and LEARNT. Yes, I know lawyer Wani Santino Jada very well. He is my contemporary and a learned friend. I don’t have time for those on this forum wishing to learn the English language. This same word caused you problems last!!

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        • 14 July 2017 09:41, by South South


          Very good English, you know now the past tense of learned and learnt, struggle English Advance Learner. How care if you know your stupid lawyer called Wani very well. It’s not our business here. You are not just stupid Eastern, but dumb ass person.

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          • 14 July 2017 09:47, by Eastern

            South South,

            That’s how morons behave anyway. The use of the word LEARNED to refer to a lawyer is obviously new to you. That usage has nothing to do with the past tense of the learn, which is LEARNT but it has everything to do with KNOWLEDGE where the lawyers are LEARNED but morons like you are educated as you always struggle hard to show.

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            • 14 July 2017 09:54, by South South


              Stupid old man shut up!!! I never said in this forum that I am perfect in writing English and I never said I am English Advance Learner. I make mistakes in English like anyone else, but I make my points very clear to the world. You repeated to us here that your English is perfect, but you struggle everyday even with use of present simple tenses and present continue. Learning disability.

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              • 14 July 2017 09:57, by South South


                You never come across in your life about past tense of learnt until it was pointed out to you in this forum, retarded old man with learning disability will continue to struggle with English language.

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                • 14 July 2017 13:21, by Eastern

                  South South,

                  Continue wallowing in your ignorance. I am happy that you have LEARNT a new stuff from Eastern thanks to the effort of my LEARNED friend Counsel Wani Santino Jada. My only worry is the security of this LEARNED fellow in this dinka infested city of Juba. Case closed!!!

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                  • 14 July 2017 16:17, by South South


                    You are mentally retarded and you have learning disability, so, how can someone learn from such person like you? You do not know to use simple tense. This show me that you may have fake degree or you were accommodated for special education. You want to make it tribalism and hatred against Dinka, fine, go ahead. Dinka are ready to face any coward like you.

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                    • 14 July 2017 19:14, by Eastern


                      You are mentally retarded and you have learning disability [difficulties], so, how can someone learn from such person like you? You do not know [how] to use simple tense[s]. This show[s] me that you may have [a] fake degree or you were accommodated for special education. You want to make it tribalism and hatred against Dinka, fine, go ahead. Dinka are ready to face any coward like you.

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