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August 7, 2013 (JUBA)- South Sudan’s parliament on Wednesday approved the new cabinet formation presented by president Salva Kiir but notably rejected the minister of Justice-designate and demanded more information before they can give their blessings.

FILE - Ex-Presidential advisor on legal affairs for the government of Southern Sudan, Telar Ring Deng (ST - File)

Speaking to reporters after the endorsement of the new cabinet, Joyce Kwaje, head of parliamentary committee responsible for Media, Culture and Information
congratulated members of the new government and urged them, together with the president, to serve the nation as one team.

"We are very happy as the house, because we have today approved the new cabinet. This is because the country has not been having a cabinet for a long time since it was dissolved. The house has approved 18 names. These are the people who will be sworn in this afternoon”, Kwaje told journalists on Wednesday at the assembly.

However she stressed that the house will still have to conduct a thorough background check on the candidates for Minister of Justice and the deputy minister of Youth, Culture and Sport.

"The special select committee formed by the house to vet credentials of the two ministers did not include the names of the two ministers. It is still conducting the background check and will later present the report for deliberations. It will be later. For now they are out of the list", Kwaje told reporters without elaborating on the causes for withholding vetting of the two candidates.

Kiir in a previous presidential decree appointed Telar as the new minister of Justice while at the same time keeping him as presidential advisor on legal affairs.

But South Sudan leader later relieved him from his post as the presidential adviser on legal affairs following a meeting with SPLM caucus.

A report seen by Sudan Tribune signed by 10 of the 11 committee members has indicated that they are not satisfied with the information of the minister-designate Telar Deng.

"Out of the 19 national Ministers and 10 national Deputy Minister vetted, 18 ministers are approved by the committee. The committee needed more information from one appointee, the national minister of Justice”, the committee’s report reads.

"The committee also approved nine national deputy ministers out of the 10 vetted; the committee needs to further investigate one deputy minister, the deputy minister for Information and Broadcasting”, the report adds.

Integrity and the degree of competence were some of the criteria used by the lawmakers to vet the appointed ministers.

“Some of the benchmarks used to measure integrity were personal and professional background checks against corruption, tribalism and nepotism”, the report stated.

It points out that most of the appointed ministers are qualified and experienced.

The report also praised the president for his efforts to balance the composition of the new government and picking ministers from the 10 states but underscored that Upper Nile state got the Lion’s share in the cabinet.

The new minister of information and broadcasting, Michael Makuei Lueth, told journalists after taking oath that the new team had expressed readiness to work together.

"The new cabinet had just taken oath of office before the president. We have had congratulations from the president and directed the minister of cabinet affairs to draw up an action plan and get to work immediately.", Makuei told reporters.

PUBLIC REACTION

Garang Mawien Dut, a native of Northern Bahr el-Ghazal state commended the house for showing seriousness in the vetting process of new cabinet members. “

At least the house had shown sense of independence this time. Rejection of those who did not pass the vetting will now restore trust from the public in the house", Mawien said Wednesday.

He said that he attended the session because he wanted to see how the members would vote to approve the new ministers after conducting proper background check.

Subek Alfred, a native of Central Equatoria, blamed the parliament for allowing the country to be "messed up by the clique" while it is the House of Representatives.

“Had the house stood up to its roles and functions, this country would not have been messed up by the cliques of merciless people. The citizens blamed this mess on the house but it is not too late to wake up. This situation can still be rectified if the members show independence and do what they were elected for”, Alfred told Sudan Tribune at the council of minister premises.

Alfred said the country was suffering "while individuals had amassed huge sums of public money and failed to deliver services. This country was made to look poor by our own people".

“Our resources are being squandered by a few who are not ashamed of the suffering of our people. Look now, the roads have been washed away. Luri Bridge is now down. The people of Western Equatoria cannot come to Juba because this strategic road is cut. The citizens should be complaining every year and no attention is paid. How much money is required to construct this bridge and how much has been stolen. A lot has been stolen”, he asserted.

(ST)

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  • 8 August 2013 10:23, by Dau-network

    Good decision. We done Abuk Ayite.

    • 8 August 2013 10:26, by Dau-network

      Justice need an independent minded person not a master of propaganda like this guy

      • 8 August 2013 12:00, by bilieu babouth

        the decision mad by the national Parliament is now show the seriousness in which corruption need to be reduce.

      • 8 August 2013 22:38, by Dinka Nhialic

        Wonderful parliament now u wake up.
        This stupid Telar had no ground to confused South Sudan let him show u how he came through with those useless masters of having no witness to accomplish what he is telling the South Sudanese, we cannot be fool this time camerade Telar, now as a wrong advisor, u got what u wanted.
        Keen Nhomdu aci yook beliit!

    • 8 August 2013 10:34, by Dau-network

      I normally told people that Abuk Ayite and Awut Deng are very independent ladies they can stand in fire for rights of ordinary people. More need to be done , what will Makuei Lueth and Aleu Ayieny Aleu do while they been in government for long and they did nothing.

      • 8 August 2013 10:54, by Mi diit

        "The report also praised the president for his efforts to balance the composition of the new government and picking ministers from the 10 states but underscored that Upper Nile state got the Lion’s share in the cabinet."
        It is Jonglei and Warrap that got the lion’s share, not Upper Nile state.

        • 8 August 2013 11:01, by Mi diit

          It was an insult that incompetent Kiir was legally advised and politically mentored by a disqualified lawyer. What a country. Send Telar home, he doesn’t deserve to hold that sensitive ministry of justice without a qualification. He cheated the president and should be morally punished.

          • 8 August 2013 21:16, by Dr.love wendit

            please midit you change your statement what mean incomplete kiir?
            incomplete your understanding mean what
            kiir is having five common sense i think is complete is not incomplete try to go back in common sense of human being to look kiir properly
            .poltically
            creditabilty

        • 8 August 2013 21:08, by Dr.love wendit

          brother midit what you says today this is the language wan we want as we genration of south sudan for unity as peace building instead of you before critisism president now today you talk as leader of this nation so brother thanks you to keep on tongue without fueling tribes concepts

    • 8 August 2013 13:47, by Mapuor

      Hahahah Telar Ring is the best among the vetted ministers.I tend to think that he is the best in terms of educational background,he graduated long ago and joined the struggle in 1984 and fought battles against the Khartoum forces.Telar and Aleu Ayeny are the only military officers who fought battles in the whole cabinet.Do we have to humiliate those freedom fighters?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 8 August 2013 22:06, by omoni jr.

        manpour ,
        million people fought and die, If Telar Deng fought hard how did he escape death sir? And for your information south sudan did not come through won-war or through miliatry mean ,it was the negotiation that brought this nation sir,plus refrerendum and final ballot box...Do not tell us the biography about Telar Ring,

      • 9 August 2013 06:49, by Paul

        Mapour,
        Telar Riing is not a lawyer. He never graduated law school in the first place. How can a law school dropout head the ministry of Justice? it is unheard off in this planet except here in South Sudan. The Cabinet need to request from the School he attend to produce legal academic transcript including his law degree before such an ingrate is allowed to mess up such an important post.

    • 8 August 2013 13:55, by Mapuor

      Telar Ring is the only South Sudanese who is fluent in English,he is the best speaker who knows how to influence his audience.Those who scraped English and then pretend to be the best speakers always make me vomit.We need people like telar to convey our ideas to the world fluently.He has a degree in law and is therefore qualified to hold the position of justice ministry.

    • 8 August 2013 19:30, by jijury

      Ah ah ah, look at this bigheaded Taler, his boss appointed him thinking he is a satisfied judge simply because he came from Bahr Al Gahzal Region and his kin mate. Now what happened when South Sudan parliament started acting like an independent entity instead of Salva Kiir’s closet? Advice to you south Sudan MPs, please speak up and stand behind our innocent civilians.

    • 9 August 2013 09:00, by Ayuen deng

      Justice need pure heart of nationalism and God fearing person now i can see our parliament is working and there is now a hope of charge in South Sudan thanks to president Kiir.

  • 8 August 2013 10:40, by Madingthith

    Mr. Telar Riing, don,t worry yourself you can still come as Minister of Justice, despite the fact that they have withhold your names and other guy, just remain cool and wait to see how this woman call Abuk Ayite work it out. In term of qualification, you are competent and experienced as you had been holding various position in the Gov’t of National Unit and within South Sudan Gov’t. Thanks

    • 8 August 2013 10:51, by The Republic of South Sudan

      Holding various positions do not qualify him as competent based on criteria lay down by the house. He may have been appointed using muony bay/wetka as technical method.
      Muony bay/Wetka method will not work from now on. Speaking English language without proper academic background has confused South Sudanese.

    • 8 August 2013 11:53, by seeker

      @ Madingthith Lech. You have corrupted the nation to the extent of never see anything.many people have been complaining about Tilar Riing since which is true now and you are stil defending him look at you.

    • 8 August 2013 19:46, by jijury

      Madingith or goth, Telar should not run the country simply because he has competent and experience. He has to have some sort of degrees somewhere. What happened? I thought Garang sent him to Uganda back in the day to study or did he blow it up? Given all the monies he has stolen, I will not be surprised if Telar forged a fake degrees in a few day and come to parliament for another hearing.

  • 8 August 2013 10:46, by The Republic of South Sudan

    The recommendation made by the committee is so encouraging. If I am a Telar, I would have resign because this indicates, Telar has been so cruel to this country. Your advices have been evil to this nation and her citizens. It worsen in 2013 after Professor Kiir has forgotten the title of his "Thesis" the one he defended when he was doing his PhD in Gogrial University, Institute of cattle Rustling

    • 8 August 2013 11:10, by Mi diit

      Ahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..........

    • 8 August 2013 13:17, by Peacocktail

      The Parliament have shown maturity, not every day is A SUNDAY. No sometime helps, rejecting Hon.Telar Ring as Justice Minister is good move, he had not shown how justice is being done.
      He should resign and remain as advisor only to the President, bring back John Luk Jok, bad for Rachael Nyadak and Josephine Napwon for being rejected, we have serious ladies who shall shoulder bigger responsibiliti

  • 8 August 2013 11:14, by bilieu babouth

    he can not deserve the post coz the man is tribalism and hatred he has toward others ethnic in south sudan.

  • 8 August 2013 12:14, by seeker

    Telar Riing Deng need to be punish for cheating the public in 3 good years in fact he is responsible for quarter of the messing up in s sudan.we have confirm 500m + 500m = 1b from him so he is qualify to die. Fullstop!

  • 8 August 2013 13:23, by Son of 21years Sudan CivilWar Veteran

    Surprisingly, to hear from the mouths
    Of sitting Ducks in the Palliament.
    This is what should have happened then!
    I need the Mr. Alcohol Kiir to be checked
    If he’s qualified to lead this Nation.

    • 8 August 2013 21:24, by Dr.love wendit

      you supposed to thank kiir instead of you insulting him
      the way you talk. kiir liberated you he fought for war for 21years as commander leading so many military operation he never fails where were you ? even God he know kiir his achivement leave you as mad man shame on you cheating hero God will push you soon

  • 8 August 2013 13:35, by Malakal county Simon

    The handpick justice minister, is in trouble. What’s goes around, comes around.
    Thanks to national mps for putting citizens interest first.

  • 8 August 2013 13:42, by Mapuor

    Hahahah Telar Ring is the best among the vetted ministers.I tend to think that he is the best in terms of educational background,he graduated long ago and joined the struggle in 1984 and fought battles against the Khartoum forces.Telar and Aleu Ayeny are the only military officers who fought battles in the whole cabinet.Do we have to humiliate those freedom fighters?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 8 August 2013 14:48, by Deng M. Nyang

      The vetting has not been finalized let the Justice Telar provide the required information. He is given the time to do so if he failed he will be declared incompetent to head that technical ministry. So the ball is in his floor either to kick it into the goal or kick it outside. If the later happen then there is need to vet all qualifications of constitutional post holders in independent commission

      • 9 August 2013 03:54, by Nyesi Ta

        If the parliament mean business, this is just the beginning of the cleanup process because there r hundreds of thousand of squatters like Telar occupying both political and civil positions that need to be cleaned up. We either fully commit ourselves to clean up or denying Telar the position will not make any difference. Telar should be the beginning and more clean up need to follow at all levels.

    • 8 August 2013 14:50, by Dau-network

      Mapour.are you aware about Telar and Aleu Ayieny Aleu as they are masters of propagandas. 1stThey aired up that Pagan Amum and Ayasir Arman were planning to overthrown President Kiir, which was nightmare.2nd they said that they know who was assassinated Dr Garang in Juba.3rd they told Kiir that Dr John want to arrest you in 2004.they said Mac Paul and Majak Agoot attempted coup several times.

    • 8 August 2013 14:52, by Dau-network

      Mapour.are you aware about Telar and Aleu Ayieny Aleu as they are masters of propagandas. 1stThey aired up that Pagan Amum and Ayasir Arman were planning to overthrown President Kiir, which was nightmare.2nd they said that they know who was assassinated Dr Garang in Juba.3rd they told Kiir that Dr John want to arrest you in 2004.they said Mac Paul and Majak Agoot attempted coup several times.

  • 8 August 2013 14:39, by Marco Bul

    Telar Riem/Ring must b investigated for cheating.He is the one misleading the prezzo.Thank goes to Vetting Committee.Let’s wait n see how he’ll b brought back again!!!

    • 8 August 2013 15:02, by Deng M. Nyang

      Marco
      You are right the one who dig a hole for others dig it also for himself let Mr. Telar or the so called Justice Telar face the committee. It is easy to cheat a man but it is not easy to cheat a woman. Madam Abuk is not a simple lady, you are my friend in the trap.

  • 8 August 2013 14:44, by Malakal county Simon

    Why not! If his appointment to ministry of justice by president was intent to serve the president interest, and not national interest it should not be accepted at all if something fishy about him.
    Dictator president want to appoint the fake lawyer to a ministry of justice, so that’s he can prosecute those who are against his dictator leadership.

  • 8 August 2013 14:48, by Malakal county Simon

    Why not! If his appointment to ministry of justice by president was intent to serve the president interest, and not national interest it should not be accepted at all if something fishy about him.
    Dictator president want to appoint the fake lawyer to a ministry of justice, so that’s he can prosecute those who are against his dictator leadership.

  • 8 August 2013 18:43, by white Army Commander

    Bravo the parliament of South Sudan. this act shows clearly that South Sudan is leading toward pure democracy despite some of these nonsense removable blocks, who are tending to distablize the Country with advices of foreign stupid strengers.

  • 8 August 2013 20:38, by Nyesi Ta

    The vetting committee has done its job to the satisfaction of the people’s house of representatives in particular and the citizenry in general, but lets wait and see what information the rejected ministers will bring to the vetting committee for final clearance or another rejection altogether. In my opinion, it is not yet uhuru fellow country men and women.

  • 8 August 2013 23:53, by maluth county

    He is not supose to be allowed as minister if he has not
    met the requirement but if he can do good job he should be allow

  • 9 August 2013 00:41, by The rock

    hahaha.....malong awan of NBG ran outta cabinet coz of papers n I wish telar would have done the same. Awan told his people in several meetings that his coming to juba for national gvt a minister of national security n delegated Muze Chol Ayat that he sould lead the state peacefully. guess what, the only academic document he had was only senior then his kid’s certificate of primary six, after a

    • 9 August 2013 06:54, by Paul

      The Rock,
      You should be a comedian brother/sister! you made my day..!!

  • 9 August 2013 01:23, by Wen Junuub

    That is a big shame on Mr. president Kiir for elected bloody Telar without any mandated qualifications that he had.I blamed Kiir for this messed since from day 1 when he took over the leadership as well as House of Representatives of falling to maintain their duties. Kiir is controlling the entire government & that is what affecting others to speak up. What they called "Telar" is 1 issue.

  • 9 August 2013 01:31, by Wen Junuub

    If SS cannot stop nepotism & some silly things & follow the right direction, then this country will never go nowhere. We will remain the same way as we r. Kiir needs to give space to those who can check people backgrounds like what they did which is good step. He cannot bring someone from nowhere & recommend them to be employed as a Minister cos President elect them. That is toatally bad idea.

  • 9 August 2013 03:08, by Naath Raani

    Corruptor Telar Ring Deng, is engulfed. You don’t have to enjoy your craziness for that position Mr. Fake lawyer. What left is to take you to court. What goes around comes around. The house took good step. "You can fool some people sometimes but you can’t fool all the people all the times"

    • 9 August 2013 04:42, by Achuek

      Kiir should stop encircling himself with corrupt tribal mates. Otherwise he may be driving himself to abyss of irrecoverable eden of chaoes.

      • 9 August 2013 05:19, by Deng II

        The helter-skelter country run by corrupts fool and egomaniac that believe on their asshole only. There are so many fake degree. No body should be surprise since country lead by primitive guy who don’t know the values of being educated person. At the beginning of the movements, The gangsters of movements used to killed Doctors.

  • 9 August 2013 05:12, by Odingo

    Wasting of time for house not to seat Minister Justice Professor Telar Riing Deng.He has a P.H.D degree in law school, so he is perfect candidate for the job.A move that will prevent Telar Deng to be seated, will means that Kir is not qualify to be president in term of qualification. I think Kir n Telar deserve to serve this country.They spent most of their lives fighting for this country

    • 9 August 2013 07:38, by Wen Junuub

      @Odingo, Can u tell which University did ur uncle Telar Ring Deng Graduated in his PhD? If he does, why he was declined as Justice Minister. To be honest to u, this guy doesn’t has any Certificate 2 work in this government.These r the people who run away during Liberation & stay in North & turn to be South Sudanese enemies. Now what did he wants in SS again? Bloody bastard.

  • 9 August 2013 08:18, by Positive Thinker

    I am happy good job done by people’s representatives. Let the right people take up the positions, but we should have very clear criteria of who should be a member of parliament and minister. Education qualification is one of it but not enough, we the wanaichi would like to know those criteria. If indeed cde telar has no what it take drop him right away.

  • 9 August 2013 09:15, by Native Boy

    JOB WELL DONE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN RSS STATE HOUSE SINCE ITS CREATION.
    I think, Wani this time should be more serious to compensate his "no workdone effort over the 8 yrs of eating-relax-jok-sleep than ever before of which I completely lost confidence.
    Atleast there should be TOTAL independence btn these 3 organs of the gov’t, Lagislature, Executive n Judiciary which is equals to STRONG nation

  • 9 August 2013 09:48, by Odingo

    For your information Wen junuub. Professor Telar Riing Deng never run away during strungle for the cause of South Sudan independence.SS state House rejected him because they hate him for he is a close friend to Pres Kiir,not because of his qualiffication. Here is what gonna happen the state house will be dissolving by pres Kiir for rejecting someone he appointed to be Minister of Justice.



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