Activities of the South West Regional Assembly appear to be grounded after the institution fell out with Governor Bernard Okalia Bilai over its latest decision.
The institution and the official failed to arrive at a consensus on the deliberations taken at the Regional Assembly’s budgetary session, December ending.
“… It is my utmost responsibility to inform you that our standing orders and organizational charts, examined and voted during our last session, have been rejected by the representative of the state…” Bakoma Zacchaeus Elango, Regional Assembly President told members of the house.
The governor’s rejection, he explained, is based on “… non-conformity with the laid down laws and regulations governing the functioning of regional and local authorities.”
The Guardian Post notes that this stalemate makes it practically impossible for the institution to recruit the necessary staff to run its affairs.
The stalemate again evokes the question of the strength of the Regional Assembly being a body meant to provide greater autonomy to the people f the Anglophone regions. This, is as it remains answerable to the regional governor who is in turn appointed by Presidential decree, giving the central government immense influence.
The Regional Assembly is one of the falls offs from the Special Status accorded the North West and South West regions following the 2019 Major National Dialogue brandished by government as solution to the armed conflict plaguing the two regions.
The institution in each of the two Anglophone regions, is comprised of 90 regional councilors elected to serve a 5-year tenure. It is again divided into two sub bodies; the House of Divisional Representatives and the House of Chiefs.