November 16, 2011 (JUBA) – Governors of the ten states in the Republic of South Sudan have called on the national government to fully and effectively implement a decentralised system of governance in the new country.
- President Salva Kiir addressing the first governors forum in Juba on Monday 15 November 2011 (photo goss.org)
The call for a more federal system came on Tuesday during presentations to the First Governors Forum after South Sudan’s independence in July. The President South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, in his opening address to the forum in Juba on Monday reaffirmed his government’s policy of decentralising governance in South Sudan.
President Salva Kiir also urged the governors to discuss as a priority governance, economic development, conflict prevention and security as part of the South Sudan Development Plan for 2011.
In the presentations and deliberations in the National Assembly’s hall on Tuesday chaired by the Vice President, Riek Machar Teny, the governors spelt out the need for further decentralisation of the system, not only politically but also administratively.
Currently county commissioners are appointed by the state governors. However, the governors recommended that they be elected in the next elections so that they are more accountable to the people.
The forum also clarified that civil servants in South Sudan can work and be recruited from anywhere in the ten states irrespective of their states origin, depending on the need by a particular state to fill the gap of qualified civil servants in the state.
The governors also expressed concerns over insecurity in their states and the need to improve on food security, infrastructures, health and education, among others.
They also presented on the progress achieved by their respective states over the last year.
The forum is expected to deliberate on the fiscal aspect of decentralisation on Wednesday.