JUBA – South Sudan Vice-President for Infrastructure Cluster Taban Deng Gai has reportedly been told that some of his lawmakers who were not reappointed into parliament when President Salva Kiir Mayardit reconstituted the parliament in May will be reappointed to the national legislature, one senior government official with knowledge of the matter said.
This comes two days after Mr. Taban, who said during a church service last Sunday that President Salva Kiir is the only “presumptive winner” of South Sudan’s next election, met President Salva Kiir Mayardit after reports that previous meetings scheduled were snubbed by the South Sudanese head of state.
Taban claimed during the Sunday mass prayer that involved small group of churchgoers that the government of President Salva Kiir has provided more services to the people then were expected when he was elected as president during first Southern Sudan elections following the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005.
“Currently, there is no doubt we only have the one and only person who will easily win the election in 2023 or when that election is conducted. It is clear that Kiir is the presumptive winner of our next election and I will tell you why,” he told the small group of congregation last Sunday.
“The people of South Sudan today are not the same when the war broke out. They have understood what it takes to achieve all the aspirations of the people of South Sudan. Peace has returned and Salva is the winner against all political odds in this country,” he added.
Speaking to Sudans Post on Wednesday morning, a government official allied to Taban who himself was a lawmaker prior to the reconstitution of the transitional parliament last month said the vice-president had a ‘fruitful’ meeting with President Salva Kiir Mayardit and he was informed that some lawmakers from his former SPLM-IO faction – at least from those elected during the 2010 elections – will be restored to parliament.
“The meeting between the vice-president and President Salva Kiir did not only focused on service delivery in form of road and other infrastructure in the country, but it also discussed some important political matter including the recent reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly,” the official told Sudans Post from Juba on condition of anonymity.
“He was informed by the president, according to what I know as of now, that some of the lawmakers will be reappointed into parliament. The people who will be reappointed into parliament will be those who were elected in the 2010 elections and this is what the outcome of the meeting of the two leaders,” the official said.
The senior government official further said the vice-president was informed that an investigation by the ruling SPLM faction was being conducted as to see if some of the lawmakers can be restored from the members of parliament who were first elected to the legislative body in 2010 and “that vice president Taban Deng Gai will not have the choice to choose who return to parliament.”