-- Speaker of the East African Legislative
Assembly (EALA) Martin Ngoga said on Tuesday that the
region has rallied behind concerted efforts to end civil
turmoil in South Sudan.
“South Sudan is said to be a volatile
country, which is entirely not true. It is a
misrepresentation of the young republic,” Ngoga told
reporters after meeting South Sudan President Salva
Kiir during a visit meant to pave the way for
preparation of the next phase of its rotational
sitting scheduled for next month in the South
Sudanese capital of Juba.
EALA was established in 2001 as a
legislative organ of the East African Community (EAC)
with a mandate of legislation, representation and
Each of the six member states—South
Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and
Uganda—contributed nine members to the regional
“The country might have security
challenges, but not as it is purported,” Ngoga said,
referring to South Sudan.
He reiterated that the EAC is
determined to strengthen President Kiir’s administration
in areas of legislation and bilateral cooperation.
“We want to change that perception
with the help of EALA and other East African
Community bodies to reconstruct South Sudan to be
like any other member state,” Ngoga said.
South Sudan’s Minister of Commerce and
Industry Moses Hassan said Juba is ready to host the
members of the East Africa Legislative Assembly to
conduct their first session in the capital.
“We are happy to host EALA here in
Juba and demonstrate to the region that we are
working toward achieving lasting solution through
our neighbors,” Hassan said.
South Sudan was admitted into the East
Africa Community as the sixth member state in 2016 after
undergoing a lengthy vetting process.