East African Legislative Assembly, Juba, South Sudan:
February 14th 2018: President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit yesterday received the Speaker of EALA, Rt Hon Ngoga K. Martin in the Presidential Palace in Juba.
President Salva Kiir re-affirmed his Government’s commitment to the revitalization talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia saying peace and stability were the essence and cornerstone of development. The discussions further centered on strengthening of the bloc and how the Republic of South Sudan can accrue benefits of the integration process.
On his part, Rt Hon Martin Ngoga said the EALA was closely monitoring the peace talks, urging all sides to put the interests of the country first. The Speaker reiterated the regional Assembly’s moral support to the Republic of South Sudan as the Addis talks continue.
He remarked that EALA would at an appropriate occasion hold its Sittings in the country as part of its rotational principle and was keen to sensitise the citizens of the country on the benefits of integration. “We look forward to this, Your Excellency. My counterpart (Rt Hon Anthony Makana) and I are already in discussions on the same”, Rt Hon Ngoga said.
In attendance was the Speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly of South Sudan, Rt Hon Anthony Makana, EALA Members, Hon Thomas Gatkek Dut and Hon Kim Gai and the Minister for Industry, Trade and EAC Affairs, Republic of South Sudan, Hon Moses H.A. Tiel.
Earlier on, the EALA Speaker also paid a brief courtesy call on the 2nd Vice President, H.E Gen James Wani Igga in the Office of the Vice President.
Rt Hon Ngoga concluded his three-day tour of duty that included courtesy calls on the 1st Vice President, Lt. Gen Taban Deng Gai, the Minister for Industry, Trade and EAC Affairs, Hon Moses H.A. Tiel, Rt Hon Joseph Chan, Speaker of the Council of States and Rt Hon Anthony Makana, Speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly of South Sudan.