SSOA lands Chief Whip role in Parliament

SSOA lands Chief Whip role in Parliament
John Agany Chairperson of the information Committee and Assembly Spokesperson. [Sheila Ponnie, The City Review]

There will be three Chief Whips in the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly (RTNLA).

This is after SSOA, a peace partner headed by Vice President of Service Cluster, Hussein Abdelbagi, got an extra position to slot in an office in the same capacity.

Addressing journalists, John Agany, chairperson of the Information Committee and assembly spokesperson, said the parties agreed that SSOA should be given a chief whip position on grounds of fairness.

The move was operationalized when the Parliamentary Committee on Legislation and Justice tabled the Transitional National Legislative Assembly Conduct of Business Regulations 2011, Amended 2021, for first reading.

“It is inclusive with SSOA having a chief whip, so we are now having three chief whips. The Government chief whip, IO chief whip and SSOA chief whip,” Agany said.

The committee chairperson, George Andrea Juma, presented the Bill for its first reading on Tuesday, in a parliament sitting chaired by Speaker of Parliament Jemma Nunu Kumba.

The Bill, among others, seeks to create additional office holders, amend and substitute some regulations, and repeal stages of the bills.

Juma explained that the bill is to create an additional office holder, chief whip and amend other regulations.

 “Regulation one: there shall be in the Assembly a majority party chief whip and opposition chief whip, and SOA Chief Whip nominated by SPLM- IG, SPLM-IO and SSOA respectively. The whips are appointed by the parties to the agreement from among the party’s members in the National Assembly,” Juma added.

He said that the parties to the agreement have agreed that the chief whip will play a central role to support or ease the implementation of the (R-ARCSS 2018) peace agreement in letter and spirit.

The committee chairperson also revealed that under the amendments, the status of a deputy chairperson of a standing specialised committee shall be entitled to the same remuneration, allowances and privileges for effective execution of his or her parliamentary and constitutional roles and duties.

The word speaker has been substituted with the word clerk to read as follows, he said.

“If the motion is carried, the clerk shall read the short title of the bill and shall be deemed to have been read a second time.”