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2014/06/02 The finance ministry has not released money for the Constituency Development Fund in the last two years, complains the NLA speaker. Snippet: The finance ministry has not released money for the Constituency Devel....
2014/05/22 GRSS has set up a taskforce to help draft a media bill. It includes representatives of various kinds of civil society group. The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Mark Nyipuoc, says that the aim is to 'reform and reposition the media' to serve democracy and development through transparency and people-driven access to information. Snippet: GRSS has set up a taskforce to help draft a media bill. It includes re....
2014/03/19 The chair of the South Sudan Human Rights Commission says it has presented a report on abuses during the recent rebellion to the National Legislative Assembly for action. Snippet
2013/06/27 to 2013/06/28 Member of the NLA take part in a workshop 'to better understand how CDF funds have been used in the past, identify deficiencies in the current system from the legislation to the process of accounting for expenditures, and finally to make recommendations on how to improve the use of the CDF in the future'. This is organized by SUNY/CID and Deloitte with the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and the Constituency Fund Committee of the NLA. Snippet
2014/02 19 people are killed in apparently ethnicity-related violence (Toposa, Didinga) in Ngauro Payam, Budi County, Eastern Equatoria. The NLA creates a committee to investigate. Snippet
2010/10/14 Having recently approved GOSS's largest ever budget, the National Legislative Assembly passes resolutions urging cuts to civil service positions at the national level, so as to fund greater capacity in the states, and mass retirements of elderly staff in order to make jobs for young graduates. Snippet
2013/09 Daniel Awet Akot resigns as deputy speaker in the NLA following the appointment of Magok Rundial - his junior in the SPLM/A - as the speaker. Mark Nyipouch becomes deputy speaker instead, and Jasmine Samuel the deputy speaker representing women instead of Fatima Nyawang Biliu (who had to step down because she is from the same state as Magok Rundial). Snippet 1223
2013/08/26 Some MPs believe that the national legislative assembly was intimidated by President Kiir into conducting business on Monday 26th August without a speaker, in contravention of procedural rules. They contend that Kiir is trying to manipulate the process of selection. Snippet
2013/08/26 There is confusion in the National Legislative Assembly over whether a new speaker (to replace James Wani Igga who has become Vice-President) must be elected before anything else, or whether the deputy speaker is authorized to preside over other business while consultations on the new speaker go ahead. Snippet
2013/08/24 President Kiir threatens to dissolve parliament if it does not endorse the appointment of James Wani Igga as Vice-President. Snippet
2013/08/19 Parliament - with Speaker James Wani Igga playing a leading part - summons the ministers for defence, interior and security services, and there are public demonstrations, in response to perceived poor security in Juba, and particularly the recent killing of two brothers. The demonstration and Igga's speech are not broadcast on state TV, amid accusations of interference by security personnel. Snippet
2013/08/13 The National Legislative Assembly votes not to approve the appointment of Telar Ring Deng as Minister of Justice. The reason is partly that he lacks legal qualifications beyond a pre-law degree. He is accused of sentencing to death a respected educator, Ustaz Mayek Riak, when he was an SPLA judge during the war. Snippet 1136
2013/08 President Kiir acknowledges that in the past he authorized Telar Deng - at that time his legal affairs advisor - to approve USD 600 million, apparently for land for the National Security Services. The acknowledgement is made as a response to tough examination by the Legislative Assembly's vetting committee of Telar's suitability to be appointed as justice minister. Snippet 1135
Reference Mini-review
Gabriel Garang Atem Ayiik, 2014/03/06. Examining the Exchange Rate Policy in RSS: Who was Right between Parliament and the Bank of South Sudan [Article] PaanLuel Wël. Accessed online.

Sophisticated but accessible analysis of exchange rate policy.

Joseph Ngere Päciko, 2013/08/12. South Sudan parliament shall never be the same again [Article] Sudan Tribune. Accessed online.

Argues that the National Legislative Assembly's process of vetting the newly-nominated ministers in late July and early August 2013 was very responsible and marked a significant step forward in the practice of democracy in South Sudan.

James Alic Garang, 2013/02/01. The question of big government, and financial viability: the case of South Sudan [Report] The Sudd Institute. Accessed online.

Argues for a reduction in the number of ministries, from 29 to 20, and the number of MPs from 382 to 170. Recommends that savings on the wage bill be used to fund employment and social programmes through the states, and/or to raise the salaries of the remaining MPs from USD 37,500 to USD 60,000 per year (on the grounds that this may improve their morale and output).

Gurtong, 2012. Parliaments of South Sudan: Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly: Names of winners from geographical constituencies, political parties lists and women lists [News item] Gurtong. Accessed online.
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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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