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MPs (Members of parliament / legislative assemblies)

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2012/07 to 2014/05/12 Six NBGS state MPs are expelled from the SPLM and hence lose their positions as MPs in July 2011. One of them blames it on the fact that they tried to impeach the state finance minister in 2011. In February 2013, President Kiir directs NBGS governor Paul Malong to reinstate the MPs, but he does not do so. After the transfer of Paul Malong to another post, Kiir again orders two of the MPs to be reinstated, which is done. (One of these MPs had apparently apologized, and the constituents of the other had apologized on his behalf. The other MPs say they do not know why they should apologize.) Snippet: Six NBGS state MPs are expelled from the SPLM and hence lose their pos....
2014/03/21 A peace process is organized in Rumbek North county to reconcile youth from Gaak and Manuer sub-clans. Local MPs, chiefs and students take part. Snippet
2014/03/17 The SSLS in Yei conducts awareness-raising with citizens about the Communities Development Fund (CDF), its scope for corruption, and how citizens should hold to account the MPs and others involved. Snippet
2013/10/08 The torture by lashing of 23 uncharged detainees, and various abuses in office by the commissioner of Yirol West County, are alleged in a press release from Yirol West Youth Union in Juba. This follows the incident at Yirol Boys Primary School on 27th September. The press release also argues that the legitimate work of the local MP, David Deng Athorbei, is being prevented by the commissioner and the acting state governor. Snippet
2013/09 A local MP in Pigi County alleges that 13,000 sacks of dura, WFP food aid intended as food for work in Khorfulus and Atar Payams, was wrongly sold in the market by county officials. This seems to be related to the sacking of the RRC coordinator by the County Commissioner. Snippet 1219
Reference Mini-review
Arop Madut Arop Gotnyial, 2014. Background to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan [Article] Sudan Tribune. Accessed online., Accessed online.

A long article (divided into four parts) containing beliefs and analysis of an MP. Among topics covered are: the current need for Ugandan forces in South Sudan; lack of control over oil money; failings of international aid; deplorably ad-hoc origins of the civil service; and lack of cultural integration of population groups with different experiences during the war. The author thinks the SPLM Politburo should have been more active in the governance process, but wasn't because many of its members were made ministers, and were then alienated when President Kiir sacked them in mid-2013.

 

Jennifer Wanichan, 2009/09/21. Constituency Development Fund: Crooked theft by GoSS MPs [Article] Pachodo.org. Accessed online.

Describes the lack of accountability in the implementation of the CDF.

Government of Southern Sudan, 2007. Constituencies Development Fund Act, 2007 [Operating document] Government of Southern Sudan. Accessed online.

The Act creates a Constituencies Development Fund (CDF) into which 3% of government revenue is paid. MPs are to submit project proposals for their own constituencies. Each MPs proposals should have been prioritized by a Constituency Development Committee convened by the MP. The proposals are scrutinized by both a management committee (formed mainly by ministries and their nominees) and a Constituency Fund Committee (formed of MPs). Approved proposals are passed to the Finance Minister for inclusion in the government budget. Projects are to be implemented by relevant ministries.

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Constituencies Development Fund (CDF)

The CDF is a fund which by law disposes of three percent of national government revenues for constituency-level projects to promote development and poverty alleviation (ref). It has widely been criticized for lack of effective accountability, and being a probable site of corruption (ref, ref, ref, ref).

The fund was created under the Constituencies Development Fund Act, 2007. According to this, MPs are to submit project proposals for their own constituencies. Each MP's proposals should have been prioritized by a Constituency Development Committee convened by the MP. The proposals are scrutinized by both a management committee (formed mainly by ministries and their nominees) and a Constituency Fund Committee (formed of MPs). Approved proposals are passed to the Finance Minister for inclusion in the government budget. Projects are to be implemented by relevant ministries. (ref)

A website for increasing the transparency of projects, allocations and disbusement of the CDF has been set up at http://www.sscdfinfo.com. It appears to have been created in 2013. But as of March 2014 it is still under construction and does not contain much current information of special value.


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