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WBEG’s Wau commissioner: county headquarters move protestors must observe rule of law


December 8, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s Wau County Commissioner, Elia Kamilo Dimo, on Friday urged those protesting against the moving of the county headquarters to observe the law.

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Commissioner of Wau County, Elia Kamilo Dimo (SSDDRC)

Wau county of Western Bahr el Ghazal state had its headquarters in Wau town since the Sudanese civil war which ended in 2005. However, the state cabinet in October passed a resolution instructing the county commissioner to move the headquarters to its original location in Bagari, following creation of municipality and appointment of a mayor.

Jur River county, which had its headquarters in the same town was relocated to Nyinakok on 22 October after it was also instructed to move. 

Former Wau county commissioner, John Peter Miskin, rejected the call to move the headquarters, describing it as “unconstitutional” and resigned.
His move prompted the subsequent protests by youth groups. 

Officials from the government including governor Rizik Zachariah Hassan argue that the cabinet decision was constitutional, as it was meant to take services to closer to people in the rural areas in order to manage rural-urban migration.

“There is this mentality of using local people as scapegoats by some politicians to cover up their failures when they are dismissed from the government. This practice is killing a lot and must not be allowed. There are people using youths to cause chaos [...] to draw the attention of the government, so that they can get what they want. They see violence as an easy way to get it,” said Dimo.

Dimo made the remarks in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Friday during which he explained that some youths from the area have “unilaterally” decided to block major roads in the area and “falsely” reported the government to the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

“They have forgotten that this is the government which they elected themselves. It is their government and they have the right to sit down and discuss with authorities issues of concerns instead of going to outsiders with false accusations, just because some people are using them,” said Dimo.

He claimed one of the reasons why the headquarters of the two counties was moved was because they were occupying school premises.

He also accused his predecessor and other high-level politicians from the area of instigating the youth to demonstrate and block roads leading out to Western Equatoria state and areas including Baggari and Raja county. 

According to Dimo, Miskin “did not call meetings with chiefs and intellectuals from the area to clearly explain to them the decision to relocate the headquarters of Jur River and Wau counties.”

Dimo said he held a successful meeting on Friday with chiefs, payam [district] administrators and intellectuals from the area to brief them on the cabinet decision to relocate the county headquarters and why he thinks it will benefit the local population.

According to Dimo despite invitations being sent out, some chose not to attend the event. However, “they have heard our call and the road to Raja has now been opened. We are also in discussions with them so that other roads are opened.”


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  • 9 December 2012 07:06, by master

    mr commissioner
    which low u talk about
    the low of bush because it’s only low that on the graund tell now

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    • 9 December 2012 09:46, by Kurnyel

      Fail State South Sudan.How there do you violent people will.to located their Town to Dinka area, shame on you

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      • 9 December 2012 10:48, by Mike Mike

        Kurnyiel,you understand something before you comented on it.Do you really know the areas where dinka occupied in greater B.Ghazal?.Please if you’re really well grown up person then don’t always coment negively against Dinka.We are peacefull community only what we don’t tolerate is an agression like what you were been doing toward us every time on issue concerning how to unite and develop up SS.

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        • 9 December 2012 12:11, by master

          dinka are enemy of both sudans
          we & other tribe in south sudan will swept u out the earth
          just wait

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          • 9 December 2012 16:14, by siddaw

            Without Dinka. Where could u have been, been at the present jiffy? Begining from 9th of January, 1955 to the present time. Who has been the pillar tribe in claiming South Sudan from Sudan if it isn’t Dinka? Don’t let this hatred which you’re wallowed force u to abuse Dinka. We’re ur parent. Without Dinka. There could be NO independent & infact, u could have not been alive.

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          • 9 December 2012 16:19, by siddaw

            I mean. Sorry Mr. Mike Mike. I’m dedicating my message to this empty headed plonker who call himself Master. His hatred toward the Great Dinka must die with him but nothing will surely anihiliate our identity as Dinkas (the blood of South Sudan).

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          • 9 December 2012 16:40, by Marco A. Wek

            The so calling yourself Master, a lot of killing is going on in your part of Sudan and the fact that you are silent about it but keep on talking about South Sudan shows that you are nothing but hypocrit.
            Yes South Sudan has some ups and downs that need to be corrected hower, that correction will not come from a sinful nation os North Sudan which is killing its people day and night in Darfur, BN&NM

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      • 9 December 2012 11:26, by Ruach

        List of top 10 failed States in the world: 1.Sudan 2 Somalia 3 Iraq 4 Afganstan 5 Iran + Hamas State 6 Mali 7 Syria 8 Libya 9 Yemen 10 Egypt. List of top 5 terrorist States in the world: 1.Republic of Sudan 2 Somalia 3 Iraq 4 Afganstan 5 Iran + Hamaz. Based on the list above,you shouldn’t set your foot to those mentioned state which are more dangerous than HIV!But Mali was invaded through N West!

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        • 9 December 2012 11:30, by Ruach

          and Somalia was invade through its coast when Arabs from Yemen, Saudi came for trades.Sudan was invaded through its northern tip and now only the northern tip excluding the newly formed state of South Sudan is free! South Sudan has adopted the policy of fighting against terrorists and and hunger along side with Israel and America.Bashir is the most wanted man with terrorist charges,crimes against.

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          • 9 December 2012 11:36, by Ruach

            Crimes against humanity by ICC.Sudan will not be relieved from the sanctions unless they are committed to peace to innocent Nubians, people of Blue Nile and Darfurians. Sudan will never be relieved from sanctions unless they are committed to peace with neighboring South Sudan.Sudan won’t be relieved unless they pull out their noses from Abyei and Heglig.Let Sudan stop looting oils of S.Sudan!

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  • 9 December 2012 10:29, by Mike Mike

    Congr: Mr.Dimo for successful meeting with Youth,Chief and intellectuals of Wau to clearly understood the main aim of removing county hqrs out of Wau to that remote area.We really need leaders whom are much concern with life of people living in remote areas to be given chance to utilise the skills and experiences they have on nation ruling then to leave demn people to mess up every thing like now.

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    • 9 December 2012 12:18, by master

      u drunk quantity of alcohol yesterday
      go to bed
      u r out of mind

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