by Carlo James Chol.

The steps taken by the Deputy Governor of Upper Nile State, Mr. Dok Jok to recommend change of the SPLM ministers and commissioners is a true indication that most of our leaders are not aware of the provisions in the constitutions. The provisions of these constitutions are crystal clear. The lines of administration and competence are well drawn to the extent that if people abide to them there shall be no confusion of crossing over to other lines without taking into consideration preventative measures.

The question is; who has the mandate to recommend change of a minister or a government? Who can give these recommendations to the president for approval? And how is it done? All the answers to these questions lie in the constitution of South Sudan itself.


Accordaning to the constitution, it is the governor in consultation with the State Legislative assembly who take the move and not the deputy governor (aticle 169.5). All These did not happened. The governor himself who appoints the deputy governor (article 169.3) only heard the change in his government after the recommedation was approved by the President of South Sudan. Please check part eleven of the interim constitution of South Sudan, 2005, article 169.1-2-3-4-5-6, and you will surely find the serious mistake committed.

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