SPLM-IO in fierce defence of Futuyo

SPLM-IO in fierce defence of Futuyo
WES Governor Alfred Futuyo is facing probable impeachment motion if he defies the RTNLA summons again. [File, The City Review]

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO) rejected the recommendation by an ad hoc committee to suspend Alfred Futuyo, the governor of Western Equatoria State.

The First Deputy Speaker of the Parliament and SPLM-IO Deputy Chairman, Oyet Nathaniel, said at a press briefing yesterday that the suspension of the governor was a violation of the peace agreement.

He condemned and urged the SPLM-IG to stop influencing and politicising activities in the parliament, adding that the SPLM-IO would continue to reject and attempt to disrespect the law.

In October, the national legislative assembly summoned Governor Alfred Futuyo, a member of the SPLM-IO, to answer questions over non-payment of salaries and arrears for civil servants in the defunct states of Amadi and Mundri.

But in response, Governor Futuyo denied any wrongdoing, saying the National Ministry of Finance did not release the money to the state.

This prompted the assembly to send an ad hoc committee of seven members headed by Goc Makuac to Western Equatoria State to collect more information before action could be taken. But the SPLM-IO says they do not recognise the committee, arguing that it is one-sided.

On Tuesday, the committee reported to the parliament and recommended the suspension of Futuyo.

Goc, who heads the investigation committee, described Governor Futuyo’s behaviour as contempt of parliament, saying the governor blocked them deliberately from gathering information about the corruption allegations, and the committee chairperson recommended the immediate suspension of the governor to facilitate investigations into corruption allegations in the state.

In response to this, the SPLM-IO, during a press briefing on Wednesday, rejected the decision of the committee, claiming that it was influenced by the SPLM-IG and its allies.

Farouk Gatkuoth, the opposition chief whip and chairman of the SPLM-IO Parliamentary, told journalists that the SPLM-IO rejected the committee findings and promised not to respect any decision.

He claimed that the decision was well prepared by the SPLM-IG and aimed to victimise the governor.

“The resolution to suspend the governor by the August House is a predetermined position by the SPLM-IG and its allied parties, which amounts to a political witch hunt. We therefore reject the resolution in totality,” Farouk said.

He claimed that the speaker did not follow the right procedure, citing the need for another inclusive committee to investigate the governor.

“The Rt. Hon. Speaker is hereby requested to follow the right procedures and form an inclusive committee in the House and allow the members of the August House to determine the membership and composition of such committee as provided for the conduct of business regulations of the TNLA,” he added.

Farouk added that a fresh procedural committee could be the only way SPLM-IO would abide by the outcomes, while any attempt to influence the process would not be tolerated.

“Based on the above facts, the SPLM-IO Parliamentary Caucus does not recognise the said committee since its formation was not according to the laws governing the formation of committees in the TNLA as referred to in the preceding sections of this letter.”

The SPLM-IO stated that the findings, recommendations, or resolutions of the committee based on the report of the committee is not acceptable due to their biased nature.

The City Review sought a rebuttal from the office of the National Speaker of the Parliament, Jemma Nunu Kumba, over the allegations of the opposition party but there was no response by press time.