​Parliament adjourned as MPs join the nation in mourning the late Akwoch

​Parliament adjourned as MPs join the nation in mourning the late Akwoch
South Sudanese Parliament Building. [Photo: Courtesy]

A parliamentary extraordinary sitting that was set to debate a crucial bill has been adjourned to allow MPs to pay their last respects to the late Alfred Akwoch.

​​The House had convened on Thursday following the re-introduction of a permanent constitution-making process bill.

But the siting has been pushed back by four days to allow legislatures to attend the funeral prayer of the late Akwoch who died last week in Kampala, Uganda.

According to Transitional National Legislative Assembly’s (TNLA) first Deputy Speaker – Oyet Nathaniel, who chaired the sitting today, the leadership of the parliament was notified late evening to pay their last respect to Akwoch who died of cardiac arrest.

“In honour and solidarity with the family of the late, and the parliamentary caucus of Upper Nile, the leadership [of the House] has decided to go and join in the morning and the honour and paying our last respect to the demise of the late honourable Alfred Akwoch and for that matter, we could not proceed with this sitting this morning,” Oyet said.

The sitting will resume next Monday, October 24. “This sitting with the same order of the day will be adjourned for Monday”