By Manyang Mayom
August 16, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The governor of Lakes state, Chol Tong Mayay has issued appointment of eight Counties commissioners. This is after the Southern Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit had relieved commissioners a week ago.
However, the appointment of the new commissioners has met criticisms from public who accuse the authorities of imposing officials on the people.
In the decree No.12/2010 read out by Lakes state minister of Information and Communication, Marik Nanga Marik, the governor appointed the following as new counties commissioners.
1. Isaac Mayom Malek, new commissioner replacing John Madhang Majok in Cueibet.
2. Deng Mathiang Deng, new commissioner replacing Mr. Isaac Mayak Noah at Rumbek North County.
3. Mr. Gideon Shilur Mbele new commissioner replacing Mr. Simon Waiwai Ali at Wulu County.
4. Mr. David Marial Gumke, reappointed, for Rumbek East County.
5. Mr. Matur Majok Magol, new commissioner replacing Mr. Dut Makoi Kuok at Rumbek Central County.
6. Makur Kulang Lai, new Commissioner replacing Mr. Dairdit Bol Dak at Yirol West County
7. Bullen Bol Achinbai, new commissioner replacing Mr. Athian Majak Maloi at Yirol East County.
8. David Mayom Riak, new commissioner replacing Mr. Simon Aguto Kok at Awerial County.
The public reacts negatively toward Awerial County newly appointed Commissioner, Mr. David Mayom Malek after having hard news over local radio broadcast on Sunday night. This prompted students and local chiefs of Awerial community to walk long distances to meet SPLM State Secretary, Samuel Mathiang Keer, in his office to demand the withdrawal of the decree.
Abraham Nhier, speaking by phone, said that “this commissioner is very young probably about 28 years old – this man did not contribute during our bloody struggle with Khartoum government regime. As youth leader of Awerial County, I totally refuse to welcome Mayom in this soil of Awerial suffering community”.
However, paramount chief Nhial Kon, affirmed that “this appointment of Mayom Malek has sent into our mind a bad signal – my community does not know this guy called Mayom – If governor Chol Tong thinks that Mayom is good to be Awerial County commissioner, it is better for Chol to appoint Mayom to be Agaar county commissioner instead of Awerial county. This morning, we youth and chief of Awerial County wrote to Governor plus SPLM State Secretary to consider our demand to withdraw back such decree”.
My community of Awerial had recommended only people to be candidate for commissionership position including Mr. Andrew Ayeu, Mr. Michael Madit, Mr. Daniel Mamer and Mr. Jok Simon, these people above knew our daily problem and actually the suffer with us here during our struggle with Khartoum bombardment “said paramount chief Kon.
His also added that Mayom cannot govern people of Aliap at all levels, if governor Chol chosen him to rule Rumbek then, that is find with him but if his chosen him to govern Awerial, this is a big mistake – we community had voted for Chol Tong as our governor and we dream that Governor Chol should understand our living condition standard.
Marik Nanga Marik, Lakes state minister of Information and Communication reply allegation, saying that “this decree has being issue out at the right time and it is the best decree that had satisfy everyone – there is no way that Mr. Governor could revise his decree”.
Meanwhile, SPLM State Secretary, Samuel Mathiang Keer, noted that “this appointment of counties commissioners was made under heavy [wider] consultations with community, I wonder why Awerial people are rejecting the appointment of their fellow man – there is no solution to revise governor’s decree since this appointment is already announced.”