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W. Bahr el Ghazal Governor dismisses calls for resignation


November 26, 2012 (YAMBIO)-The Governor of South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal has rubbished calls for his resignation from sections of the population in the state, over allegations linked to insecurity.

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Rizik Zachariah Hassan, Governor of Western Bahr el Ghazal State (UN)

Rizik Zachariah Hassan, in an interview with Sudan Tribune, downplayed the situation, insisting the state was stable and peaceful, but said he had obtained reports alleging that Sudanese troops were amassing troops in the area.

“I am not in Wau [Western Bahr el Ghazal capital]. I have come to Juba to attend [the] governors’ forum. [But] The security situation in the state is normal. We have information that the Sudanese armed forces are amassing their troops in Kifia Kinji, Balbala and all the areas around Raja County, but have not carried out attack”, Hassan said by phone on Sunday.

However, a proposal by the state government to re-allocate the state administrative headquarters from Wau County to another location, has attracted a lot of opposition from section the population, majority of who claim the move is unconstitutional.

In October, Peter Miskin, the ex-commissioner of Wau County relinquished his position over the decision to transfer the county

“I decided to resign because I did not see any reason I should remain in government which does not accept advice. I personally discussed the issue with governor more than three times and told him in all these meetings that the decision to relocate county headquarters was not constitutional”, Miskin told journalists in his first media address after resigning.

The ex-commissioner said the governor was “incapable and indecisive” to rule the state, while urging the central government to quickly intervene and restore peace as well as restore the support he claimed the ruling party (SPLM) was losing on the ground.

“Frankly speaking, the governor is the cause of tension. He is not capable of leading the state and must step down. Many people see that he is incompetent and he should get out”, Miskin told journalists.

Meanwhile, the second governors’ forum kicks off in Juba today. The four-day event, to be facilitated by South Sudan Vice President, Riek Machar, will bring together the 10 state governors, members of the legislature, key ministers and development partners.

Organized by the office of the president, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the forum provides a platform for discussion and action on policies related to political, fiscal and administrative governance issues.

In addition, however, the event offers a space for broader discussion on important issues such as, corruption, post-independence issues and state-level concerns. Held nine times since 2006, this year’s forum marks the second time key stakeholders will be meeting as an independent nation under the interim constitution.


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  • 26 November 2012 09:35, by Michael Angelo

    Relocated Counties outside of Wau is the best idea if citizens of Western Bahr El Ghazal serious about development. I believe this is the way to extend or push development to the least develop areas. Why oppose something that will create jobs and development their State?

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  • 26 November 2012 10:00, by Son of Ngundeng

    Move the state in to remotteness area its a development.

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    • 26 November 2012 10:45, by Michael Angelo

      Son of Ngundeng,
      What is going to be move is not a "State" but a "county"? You don’t even know the place you called remote. Do you think keeping them inside Wau will help anything rather than relocated them outside to create jobs for jobless-es. Let’s be realistic if we care about our country’ future.

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  • 26 November 2012 13:53, by sudani

    Some people on this website do through in their comments without paying attention on the subject. this son of NGUNDENG is crazy. he is one of the obstacle that south sudan is not developing. Son of ngundeng, enjoy yourself in that bar where you comments with out your eyes reading the subject matter.
    Mr.Governor, go ahead with your plan to relocate out all the counties with in the state.

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    • 26 November 2012 18:35, by Tiger

      Our leaders should always work things out for the best interest of our citizens and also balancing things"even"but at the same time,citizens shouldn’t be too quick to reject every move our leaders take and dictate their decision,"there’s no good government if people are not good"

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  • 26 November 2012 14:13, by Man alone

    Mr.Machael Angelo.
    Do we care for our country by not taking into account the opinions of the very people that we claim to be representing.This Rizik has failed the people of W.Bahr El Ghazal State to the maximum.Yes he is the governor but atleast make some consultations with elders of the land and the county,say intelectuals if you want.that is how it’s done comrade.

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    • 26 November 2012 20:07, by Peacocktail

      Relocating County headquarters closer to Payams and Bomas is "not constitutionally" the Ex-commissioner is refusing with other thugs in order to continued looting all the state revenues from Wau Markets instead of developing Payams and roads,the commissioner just sit under Pawpaw tree & calculate the amount and immediately object the development plans for self-interest.pls mr.Gov go ahead with cha

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  • 26 November 2012 15:13, by Son of Ngundeng

    sudog if you are always busy in bar keep drinking, not all people who drink, coz i know you turn your destination to the bar, where you can dring and "shit" on your clothes. shame on you south sudan need you!!!!.

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  • 26 November 2012 15:48, by NO PEACE

    To dismisses your resignation it’s better to resign because your people are now finish like fish in the river.

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