Wilson Chipangura, Guest Reporter
JUBA – President Salva Kiir appointed Jemma Nunu Kumba to preside over the parliament of South Sudan, the youngest nation in the world which recently celebrated a decade of Independence.
Kumba, the secretary-general of ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), becomes the first woman to head the transitional National Assembly in the troubled African nation.
The appointment is in line with a 2018 peace deal which prescribed a transitional government for the country which has been mired in conflict since 2013.
The peace deal followed a series of violent clashes between the camp of President Kiir and his close rival Riek Machar.
The National Assembly headed by Kumba, a former SPLM rebel during the civil against Khartoum [Sudan] in the 1990s, will be responsible for implementing the peace deal.
Parliament was dissolved as part of the 2018 peace deal before being reconstituted in May with 550 legislators instead of the previous 400.
While large scale fighting has mostly stopped, the United Nations has reported about intense violence in the oil-rich country between communities with the support of armed forces.