Government extends NCAC period

South Sudan Transitional Government has extended the period of the National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC) for four (4) more months in order to complete their task.

NCAC is a body mandated by the 2018 revitalized peace agreement to draft, review and complete amendments of various legislations to bring them into conformity with the peace deal and international practice.

The period of this body will come to an end by the end of May. However, the body has not completed reviewing and amending all the laws and as such, the government give them four more months to complete the remaining laws.

“The National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC) period is ending at the end of this month (May) and it has not yet completed its work. There are about six to seven laws which are still pending, they have not look into them,” Said Michael Makuei, Minster of Information, Communication, Technology and Postal Services.

The laws that the body has not yet look into , includes, the Investment Promotion Act 2009, Telecommunication Act 2010, Transport Act 2008, Mining Act 2012, and the National Pension Fund Act 2012.

“So the minster of justice requested the cabinets to extend their period and the cabinet approved the extension of the NCAC period for another four (4) Months to enable them complete their task in time,” Makuei stated.

In March, the body laid down tools after the government failed to pay their arrears since 2020. NCAC now demands for $1.8 million dollars from the government. The committee had ealier made a call to the president to intervene to make sure that the arrears are paid to the body.

On Friday, the government spokesperson Michael Makuei revealed that the payment is being processed by the ministry of finance before the body start another contract of four months.

“As for their dues, they are already approved and H.E the president has already directed the payment of all their arrears and they are being processed by the ministry of finance,” He said.

The National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC) has so far completed the review of 18 amendment bills, including the Constitution making process bill which has already been assented to by the president as a crucial law in drafting the permanent constitution of South Sudan.