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South Sudan ITGoNU changed constitution after amendment by joint panel


March 29, 2020 (JUBA) - The majority component (ITGoNU) of the revitalized national unity government in South Sudan has modified the Constitutional Amendment Bill (CAB) agreed by the National Constitution Amendment Committee (NCAC) in a clear violation of the peace agreement, claimed the SPLM-IO.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, on the far left table seated, addresses the Ethiopian parliament Wednesday, March 25, 2015 (Photo AP)The NCAC incorporated the revitalized peace agreement into the transitional constitution and produced a bill which was signed into law on the 19/2/2020 by the President of the Republic of South Sudan.

However, in a letter seen by Sudan Tribune to the First Vice President on 27 March, Oyet Nathaniel Pierino an NCAC member for the SPLM-IO said that the ITGoNU changed the final text of the amended constitution and described the move as a "grave violations" requiring immediate action.

"We have noted however that out of 124 amendments in the Constitution Amendment Bill (CAB) number six (6), 2020, the ITGoNU deleted, modified and inserted some new provisions therein (...)," reads the letter before to enumerate the changes introduced to the amended text.

One of the most important changes, according to Pierino that the " Amendment number (6) in the Bill (CAB, 2020, pg. 10); Article 3 (5) of TCRSS (2011) as amended; regarding the Supremacy of the Constitution; pursuant to (Article 8.2-4 of RARCISS), has been deleted from the Act to omit the supremacy of the Agreement".

"Amendment number (123) in the Bill (CAB, 2020, pg.95) Article 203 of TCRSS (2011) as amended, regarding Permanent Constitution and its processes pursuant to Chapter Six (6) of the RARCISS has been deleted and a new provision has been inserted to nullify Chapter Six on Permanent Constitution and provisions on conducting National Elections under Article 1.20 of RARCISS, and the new provision reads as follows: Article 203. “National Elections and its processes shall be governed by the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011 before coming into force of the Permanent Constitution," he further wrote.

"This particular insertion is a deal-breaker," he emphasized before to pinpoint to additional changes.

The SPLM-IO official recalled that version agreed by the NCAC, according to the peace agreement is final and cannot be reviewed by any authority.

"The Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) and the President of the Republic of South Sudan shall only ratify and assent respectively to the Constitutional Amendment Bill or any legislation drafted by NCAC pursuant to (Article 1.18.6-8) of the Agreement without effecting change on any provision," he stressed.


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  • 30 March 01:00, by Mayendit

    Mr.Oyet Nathaniel Pierino
    Are still making noise even when you are inside Juba?. You have requested your leader Riek Machar Teny to considering handing over South Sudan nation to UN trusteeship and now you are complained about piece of law that was approved by the majority Parliament. What kind of permanent constitution are you talking about?. If I am a president of South Sudan, I would jail you.

    • 30 March 09:02, by Midit Mitot


      To be in Juba doesn,t prevent you not to air-out your voice for your right.

      Many people have realized that this peace has already been infected by strong virus that will be cure only with barrel.

      • 30 March 11:41, by South South

        Midit Mitot,

        I don’t see any problem here. IO is use to cry like a baby all the time. We know them by crying all the time. As long as there is no violence, crying like this is ok with me, only violence will not sit well with us. welcome to Juba and enjoy free nyantit.

    • 30 March 16:48, by EYE SEE

      Oyet is right.
      Mayardit or mr. So That Inu Mayendit
      Those changes must be corrected
      change constitution, change peace for war! - just that and you will not like it. you will just stand watching with your tail between your legs!. Is that wht u like? Your So That Inu Leadership is incompetent!

  • 30 March 01:08, by Mayendit

    Any politician who talk about handing over South Sudan nation to UN trusteeship is unSouthern Sudanese citizen and must be ban from taking position. Oyet Nathaniel Pierino And Daniel Deng Mario Deng must be ban from taking position because these two people are against the Will of South Sudan nation and it’s people as a whole. Ashamed on you and you go to hell.

    • 30 March 04:14, by Games

      They are South Sudanese like any other citizens in this country. Thus, they are qualified to say anything are not going to benefit the country in the long run. Changing some chapters in the country’s constitution is breaches of peace agreement and those who are doing that should be punished.

  • 30 March 04:19, by Games

    Being inside Juba doesn’t scare us at all. It actually making those Oppositions leaders very strong. We can be even in Gogrial and we can tell your Boss to shut up in his home town. We don’t joke.

    • 30 March 05:46, by Mayendit

      The SPLA IO have been defeating so bad in the last six years and now your uncle Riek Machar is almost repeatedly same mistake of 2016. The unified armies mean the President will be the only Chief of C in c unfortunately, your uncle Riek still belief he is the commander in chief. Just wait and you will see the history repeated by itself.

      • 30 March 11:17, by Midit Mitot


        Point taken, good to know your (JCE) has a plan of third attempted murder to Dr Machar.

        But note this man, this will not be like 2016 Dog fight, just wait and implement your planning.

  • 30 March 10:26, by Gat Baluony

    oh, My GOD, first of all thank you very much Mr. Prof. Oyet, Imperial Salva Kiir rule or leadership is a Corona Virus for the people of South Sudan and he is more than the Corona virus to the people of S.Sudan. they don’t feel ashamed at all to the people of the world and to the people of SSD, this regime they behave like kids, very disgrace step.

    • 30 March 11:24, by Malakal county Simon

      It’s always the government tracking her feet, reactant holding the country hostage while we have a big problem called corona-virus that need a serious attention and let’s go the peace!! Sick and tired of the government whom doesn’t put her citizens well being at heart....

  • 31 March 19:41, by Kenyang ll

    You may think these people should be spending these times mobilizing the country and resources again the coronavirus. With Kiir’s original weak heart and Riek’s cancerous eye, it would and should be this virus to deliver justice for uncalled war and crimes.

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