South Sudan President Kiir assents two more bills into law

South Sudan, Juba - President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Friday signed two more bills into law and acceded to one International Convention. The Bills and Treaty had been passed by the National Parliament and were forwarded to the President for endorsement into law as required by the Transitional Constitution.

South Sudan, Juba – President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Friday signed two more bills into law and acceded to one International Convention. The Bills and Treaty had been passed by the National Parliament and were forwarded to the President for endorsement into law as required by the Transitional Constitution.

The following Bills are:

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1. National Prisons Service Act, 2011 (Amendment) Act, 2022

2. The National Civil Defence Service Act, 2022.

Speaking to the Press, the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said the President also acceded to International Conventions on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons on their Destruction.

Dr Marial further explained that President Kiir had also assented to the following Bills:

The Sudan People’s Liberation Army Act, 2009(Amendment) Act, 2022, on the 29th of June 2022 and the Political Parties Act, 2022(Amendment) Act, 2022, on the 24th of June 2022.

South Sudan also ratified the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement (the Paris Agreement) in April 2016 and deposited her Instrument of Ratification as Country Number 147 on the list out of 193 countries. 

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The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation and adaptation.

Residents of South Sudan seemed happy with these new laws, and some of them also said that they were waiting for these amendments, and most of them congratulated President Kiir and each other. 

However, there were many those who were showing concern for the military, and they wanted law for the military too;

One of the users, Nelson Nelson, wrote, “Very good job, but what about the salary of the civil servant and our brave soldiers.”

Another user Samuel Matur Makuacdit, stated, “Though we don’t have that capacity to develop, produce and amass biological weapons, this country deserved its own Vision to work on military might. Clueless Parliament can’t just ratify treaties or so-called conventions that would one day keep the country vulnerable militarily.”