Juba to appoint judge for EACJ

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THE Republic of South Sudan is appointing a judge to sit on the bench of the First Instance Division at the East African Court of Justice based in Arusha.

Judges for the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) are usually appointed by the East African Community Heads of State Summit on the recommendation of Partner States.

The latest member of the East Africa will also be granted permission in the judiciary to set up an office where it will run sub-registry issues, like in the case in the current capital cities in the other EAC Partner States. Juba will later appoint a Judge to the Appellate Division of the EACJ once the relevant law is amended to raise the number of judges from five to six.

These were some of the issues agreed on during discussions between the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) Chief Justice, Chan Reec Madut, and the delegation led by the East African Community Secretary General, Ambassador Liberat Mfumukeko which has just returned from Juba.

The EAC delegation informed the South-Sudan Chief Justice that all relevant legal instruments will be amended to accommodate it as the latest member, which joined the Community in September last year. The EACJ is the judicial arm of the Community and the Court’s jurisdiction is limited to the interpretation of the Treaty for the Establishment of the EAC.

Meanwhile Members of Parliament (MPs) in South Sudan’s unity government have approved the appointment of nine members ‘picked’ to represent the country at the East African Legislative Assembly in Arusha.

This will be the first time that South Sudan is going to be represented in the Regional Assembly after Juba accepted to become the 6th member of the East African Community in March last year. Other EAC members include, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania which hosts the Headquarters in Arusha.

The Arusha-based East African Legislative Assembly is the legislative body of the East African Community, which comprises nine elected members of the legislatures in each member state that further requires that at least there should be two women among the nine MPs.

In another development, the Governor of the Bank of South Sudan, Mr Othom Ra go Ajak, while meeting the EAC delegation disclosed that the implementation of the East African Monetary Union Protocol was well underway.

The EAC Secretariat had drafted two Bills namely the East African Monetary Institute Bill and the East African Statistics Institute Bill. The two bills will be tabled again by the 35th Ordinary Meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers to be held in Arusha from 30th March to 4th April, 2017.

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