Activist Asks Parliament to Speed Up Budget Process For 2024/25 Fiscal Year

The Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) has been asked to speed up the budget process for the 2024/25 fiscal year.

The Executive Director for the Centre for Peace and Advocacy (CPA), Ter Manyang Gatwech, said in a statement on Wednesday that the government has over the years been failing to pass the annual budget in the period of May or June, a deadline for countries in the East African region.

 “This humble petition of the CPA brings to the attention of the TNLA which is the law-making body and oversight body over the executive, to ensure that the violation of both the national and East Africa Community obligations is ratified as soon as possible,” said Gatwech.    

“South Sudan as a member of the East African Community has the duty to present its national budget at the same time with other six partner states that have already presented their budgets,” he disclosed.

 Gatwech urged MPs to summon Martin Elia Lomuro, the national minister of cabinet affairs over the delay to table the 2024/2025 fiscal year budget before the cabinet.    

 He also noted that the fiscal year budget is supposed to be tabled before parliament in the first week of May 2024 and then operationalized by July 1, 2024.

Wek Atak