On the Expansion & Reconstitution of South Sudan Transitional National Legislative Assembly: The Weekly Review

Published on 14th May 2021. YouTube Link:

In this episode, Roger Alfred Yoron Modi hosted Jackline Nasiwa, an activist and founder of the Centre for Inclusive Governance, Peace and Justice CIGPJ and disused President Salva Kiir’s decree for expansion, reconstitution and appointment of members of South Sudan’s Transitional National Assembly TNLA, expectations and related issues.

The Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan R-ARCSS provides that the legislative Assembly be expanded and reconstituted from 400 to 550 members: the parties to the Agreement: the former transitional government to nominate -332 members, SPLM-IO- 128 members, the South Sudan Opposition Alliance SSOA- 50, Other Political Parties OPP- 30, and the Former Detainees- 10.

While the R-ARCSS says The functions and mandate of the TNLA shall remain as stipulated in the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011 as amended, unless otherwise specified by the terms of the Agreement, the R-ARCSS also says that the reconstituted TNLA shall, in the conduct of its business, support the Agreement and enact legislation that enables and assists the transitional processes and reforms described in the Agreement.

Nasiwa holds a Bachelor of Law from Makerere University in Uganda and a Master’s in International Law from Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom. She is an experienced international lawyer, activist, rule of law specialist and peace building expert based in Juba, South Sudan and has worked with a number of local and international organizations. Her work involves supporting civil society, women leaders and empowering citizens to participate in governance, constitutional development, peace and political processes. She effectively supported the establishment of local networks such as the Transitional Justice Working Group, Women Monthly Forum, and Survivors Coalition. She is the current chairperson of Board of Directors of the South Sudan National Alliance of Women Lawyers (NAWL) a national NGO providing legal aid to women and children.