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Yambio celebrates the election of Western Equatoria Governor


April 28, 2010 (YAMBIO) – People in the capital of Western Equatoria spontaneously went to the streets to celebrate the historical victory of Col Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro immediately after a declaration made by the National Elections Commission (NEC).

According to the 26 April NEC announcement, Col. Bakosoro garnered 78,563 votes, while his Sudan People’s Liberation Movement rival and incumbent governor, Jemma Nunu Kumba, received 73,057 votes.

Col. Bakosoro became the only independent candidate to win a governorship in Southern Sudan.

At Col. Bakosoro’s home in central Yambio, supporters lined up to congratulate him. Speaking to the crowd in the local dialect, Zande, the incoming governor thanked them for their encouragement.

Thirty minutes after the result was announced, heavy rain fell for about 20 to 30 minutes, ending as abruptly as it had started. For many people, the downpour was a sign of God’s blessing and approval of the election outcome.

After the heavy rainfall, the streets of Yambio filled with supporters of Col. Bakosoro, including children running and singing in Arabic, "Baba ja, o’wuo, baba ja (Father has come)."

"I urge all of you to stay calm as you celebrate our victory. I am a governor of all the people of Western Equatoria; from Mvolo to Nagero counties and even those from other states in South Sudan living here. I will work with you to bring development," Bakosoro said.

"No one will be treated as a foreigner as long as you are a Sudanese and abide by the culture of your host community," Bakosoro reminded the jubilant residents.

In other areas, soldiers joined youths in drinking spots, where they poured beer on the streets and danced in praise of the new governor.

However, initially people were anxious due o the presence of SPLA soldiers in the streets of the town. They had a feeling that there would be chaos similar to those experienced in January just after the CPA celebrations held in the town.

The announcement of independent candidate Colonel Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro as winner of the hotly contested gubernatorial race in Western Equatoria State however was greeted with a mixture of joy and uneasiness in the capital Yambio and other state towns..

The deployment of SPLA troops within Yambio created fear amongst
The increased number of soldiers on the streets had caused some Yambio residents to flee the area before the result was announced by the NEC in Khartoum on 26 April. "The presence of soldiers … has scared us. As a result, we are sleeping in the bush," said Gabriel Henry Bnaba.

Also, immediately following the results, market vendors closed down their stalls, some in fear of the increased military presence in town due to tension over the vote, and others in joy over the election results.

Twenty-one-year-old market vendor Paul Richard Gemenze said he was taken by surprise when most of his colleagues began closing down their stalls, as he had heard many false rumours that the results had been released. "But this (result) is from NEC (National Elections Commission) … tonight I will be in peace."


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  • 29 April 2010 03:29, by Peace Lover

    The People choice should be accepted, that how the true democarcy.

    Thank to the people of WES, the othetrs should learn form that.

    Be in Peace.

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    • 29 April 2010 03:39, by thieleling

      Dear Readers,

      General Dau from NBG, Madam Angelina Teny from unity State, Lado Gore from CES, George Athor from Jonglei, Sarah Nyanath Yong Kier from Upper Nile all won against SPLM selected candidates. But the true democratic election results were rigged by the SPLA military in favor of SPLM selected candidates.

      The truth is that the unarmed and innocent south sudanese are more powerful than the corrupted SPLM leadership. People will find this out in the next 6 months. The ultimate authority is with the civilians!!

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      • 29 April 2010 04:09, by Gat nyaraan

        WES people are lucky because they elect Joseph Bakosoro to whom they were yearning for, but for states such CES, the dice was not in their favor when the vote was rigged in favor of SPLM candidate Wani KONGa. the same pattern of vote rigging also appear in Unity state, Upper nile, Northern Bahr Elgazal, and Jonglei state.
        why did SPLM throw jemma nuna under the bus and not helped to rig votes for her? may be those in Juba who are in charge of instructing the rigging process were under the influence and didnt realize how candid and resolute Lawrence Suluba was until it was late for them to run their illegal machine. the other possibility may be they burn Nunu ’s card as scapegoat to fool the others that there was no fraudulent in the election.

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        • 29 April 2010 08:49, by Seigneur

          Brother Gat Nyaraan,

          Thank you so much.
          Your points reflect the rights of a mere citizen of any country under the sun.
          The issue of inflating the results was a tag of war in WES where the Hero"SULUBIA" had to confront but sticked to the vow he has taken up.
          Hiding to risk his life for four consecutive days, was not an easy task.

          That is an example of true democratic transformation demonstrated in WES which our party the SPLM should abide by and not adopting the idear of inflating results which if persisted during future polls would bring us to another civil war which we don’t expect to occur.

          But, to respect the rights of the people and avoid cheatting the people.

          thank you.

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      • 29 April 2010 04:41, by king

        That is absolutely right Mr. Thieleling, splm/a can not win any war they weigh against civilians. They need to put that in their mind

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      • 29 April 2010 11:19, by Ajawuk Juma

        Dear Southerners,

        We should thank our almighty God who guard us through the election period. I was so worry that the enemy of Southern sudan would get advantage to confuse the innocent civilian to act violently during voting process.

        Remember guys these self claim politician will go but South Sudan will remain. I don’t mind who are going to be leaders but our next focus is referendum in 2011 which is our major concern.

        It is too to talked about the federation of Sudan. If Northern Sudanese wanted us to remain as good neighbors then let them respects the choice of the people of Southern Sudan from now to 2011.

        ’’Dr Martin Luther King said freedom is not given voluntary by oppressors .. unless it is demanded by oppressed’’ we should not fear about anyone or what will happens to us.

        southerners must sleep with one eye open ... I hope there are people there who count on Khartoum plan B against Juba..

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    • 30 April 2010 09:43, by Rev. Saturnino


      The people of WES are the luckiest citizen in the south plus few states who got the Governors of their choice.

      The rest of us are forced to stay with a snake in the same room. Kafara my brothers and sisters who are forced to be ruled by idiots.

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  • 29 April 2010 05:40, by Mabior Ayuen Dengajok

    The best example of election was that SPLM DC won four seats in South making them gets into South politics hence Parliament, they could have sense of celebrating four seats victory because they had voices in the South after election, DC got one seat in national assembly which is in Khartoum and other one in South Sudan assembly plus two remaining one are upper Nile state’s seats.
    So can that not be enough evident that SPLM was not in control of election process?? If they did have over control, then in my own personal opinion, SPLM won’t let DC win even single point.
    In yambio, streets were full by independent candidate, Joseph celebrators and were he an SPLM?

    So, folks I guess we have to pour many blames onto election monitors and processors rather than bringing shameful accusation SPLM on to the people party, these accusation will not solve any problem, somewhat they filled burning fire with petrol.

    We were looking for South succession, let put our focus on that issue and to see exactly who will be denying Southerners their right for separation, if we are turned in a scenario that is unacceptable, we could absolutely voiced our

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    • 29 April 2010 06:59, by BUSTA 2

      To WES Human being,

      We should not celebrate beyond control though we are happy too much drinking is not the right chanel.

      I know very well that there are some people who will celebrate and the result will yield HIV+ which will paved a booming market to the local coffins maders!!

      Brother in Christ,

      Busta 2

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