MPs downsize the management board’s membership

MPs downsize the management board’s membership
Guot Gabriel Manyang, Chairman of Greater Upper Nile Concerned Youths for Peace and Stability (GUNCY-PAS). [Photo: Courtesy]

The national parliament has slashed the number of members on the board of management from the originally proposed 20 to 11.

The amendment of the bill was done in a joint sitting of two houses—the Transitional National Legislative Assembly and the Council of States yesterday.

Presenting the bill, Gabriel Guot Guot, explained that the purpose of the amendment is to include the management board members of the parties to the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolutions of the Conflict in South Sudan.

The management board is composed of the speaker of the transitional national legislature, who is the chairperson and is deputised by the deputy speaker of the transitional national legislature, the clerk, who is the secretary, the legal advisor, and other members of the commission drawn from the parties to the agreement.

The board comprises four sitting members from IG in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly, of who at least one shall be a woman. There is also one sitting member from IG in the Council of States who shall either be a woman or a man.

The members of the community who were removed were deputy speakers, chief whips, clerk, and a legal advisor.

During the debate, Victor Omohu said the principle of best practice is completely watered down in the proposed composition of 20 members of the PSC. 

“You cannot have a board of 31 people. In Britain, they have only 3 members. In Kenya, they have 11 members, and in Uganda, they have nine members. This is the general principle we are coping with and in Ghana, they have 5,’’ he said.

“So, where did we get our practice of more than 30 members in the commission? And when you go to this best practice, it is always technical people in specific fields.” 

John Agany argued that having more than 9 or 11 members of the commission would add a burden on the government to pay them despite the financial woes the government faces.