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The Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) Edmund Yakani

Activist welcomes removal of NSS powers to arrest without warrant

welcomed the decision by the Presidency to remove the power of the National Security Service to arrest without warrant.

“CEPO congratulates the President and First Vice President for this remarkable decision and act of embracing democratic practice. This is a long waited decision; CEPO is hoping that this spirit will be applied in the reforms of the other legislations like the Non-Governmental Organization Act, 2015,”  Yakani said in a statement issued in Juba on Wednesday.

He said that the scrapping of NSS powers is demonstration of commitment to embrace democratic practices.

“It is good that the President and First Vice President responded positively to our advocacy and the legal opinion on the National Security Service by our Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs,” Yakani said.

On Tuesday, Cabinet Affairs Minister Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro disclosed that the two leaders have resolved the dispute over the powers given to the National Security Service.

“The national security law where there was disagreement on sections 54 and 55 about the arrest with or without a warrant has now been agreed by the President and First Vice President and those will be scrapped,” Lomuro said.

CEPO also appreciated the parties to the 2018 revitalized peace agreement for informing the citizens on the process of ending the 36 months period of the transitional process and the start of the 24 months extended for implementing the pending tasks of the peace agreement.

“CEPO is urging the parties and the government to urgently reconstitute the transitional political institutions namely National Constitution Review Commission, Political Parties Council and National Elections Commission. Speedy process of the transitional security arrangements particularly, the redeployment of the graduated forces and the rolling out of the second batch of the unified forces,”  Yakani said.

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