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South Sudan’s Jonglei swears in three new county commissioners


March 17, 2013 (BOR) - Jonglei state’s three newly-appointed commissioners for Akobo, Fangak and Nyirol counties were sworn in on Saturday to assume their powers in their offices after their predecessors were sacked at the beginning of March.

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A crowd in Jonglei state’s capital Bor waits to receive three newly appointed county commissioners, 16 March 2013 (ST)

People from Fangak, Nyirol and Akobo crowded outside the Jonglei state secretariat on Saturday to welcome the new commissioners.

Koang Rambang Chol replaces Goi Jooyul Yoal in Akobo county, Wany Juet Jock takes over from Isaac Kuach Duoth in Nyirol county, and John Matien Kuol steps in to replace James Maluit Ruach in Fangak county.

Speaking at the ceremony, Jonglei governor Kuol Manyang Juuk urged the new commissioners to exercise democracy, good governance, rule of law and respect for human rights in their counties.

“When we talk about good governance, democracy, human rights and development, they are all found in the county because all of them start from the county, which is the basic unit of the government, the government starts from the county,” Manyang said.

He ordered the county commissioners to enforce laws and ordered communities to halt the tribal conflicts which have blighted the state since independence.

Jonglei’s minister for local government, Diing Akol, warned the new commissioners to work hard to coordinate the affairs of counties with the state government.

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John Matien Kuol was appointed commissioner of Jonglei state’s Fangak county (ST)

“Today you will step into your county and people will first look into your weakness, that is the first step they will [have] adapted from you before starting work,” Akol said.

Chol, the commissioner of Akobo, said that he and the other new appointees appreciated the governor of Jonglei state for asking them to represent and serve their communities.

“As we have just been sworn in now, we will follow the law and delivering the services to our communities,” Chol said, adding that they will try their best to fight corruption and work according to the will of the people of Jonglei state.


Hundreds of women and men from Akobo west and some residents of Akobo East converged at the state secretariat waiting to receive the newly-appointed commissioner.

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Newly-appointed Akobo county commissioner Koang Rambang (ST)

A middle-aged resident of Akobo county described celebrations following the appointment of the commissioner, who hails from Akobo West, as unique.

Rabecca Nyanyak, a captain in the Jonglei state prison services from Akobo West, also expressed her gratitude that a young man was chosen for the position.

She said the area, whose headquarters is in Walgak, has been isolated due to its distance from the county headquarters in the east of Akobo and needs better roads in order to help address insecurity issues.

In February, 114 civilians, including women and children, along with 14 SPLA soldiers, were killed in Walgak, after some elements of David Yau Yau’s rebel group and Murle youth attacked the unarmed group, who were migrating to spend the dry season near the river.

It takes three to four days to walk from the Akobo headquarters in the east to Walgak, with the route cutting through heavy bush and across seasonal rivers and tributaries.

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Wany Juet Jock pictured on the day he was appointed commissioner of Nyirol county in Jonglei state, 16 March 2013 (ST)

“Children and women were killed, and husbands to some women were killed, the wives will find it hard to raise the children on their own”, Nyanyak said, referring to the aftermath of the brutal Murle attack.

She hoped that the new commissioner would do his best to pick up from the former commissioner, Goi Jooyul Yoal.

Samuel Tony, also from West Akobo, said he is happy with the changes made by the state government and suggested that the position of commissioner should rotate between the east and west of the county.

He added that Chol is an active member of the community and has been involved in development projects between the two communities.

Chol is the first commissioner from western Akobo to take office, with the two previous commissioners of Akobo county appointed since South Sudan gained self-rule in 2005 both hailing from Akobo East.

Isaac Duoth, who is from Akobo West, said the appointment signified that both western and eastern Akobo have equal chances for consideration in the government.

“The people of western and eastern Akobo are one, and we love ourselves, that is why we have all come here to receive the new commissioner and we did the same in the past”, he added.

He urged the government through the new commissioner to improve education, health and other basic services in the county.


ST - Jonglei governor relieves commissioners of Akobo, Nyirol and Fangak

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  • 18 March 2013 04:51, by master

    the turn of new thieves

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    • 18 March 2013 05:21, by Dinkawarrior

      This system of wearing such a stupid things on every South Sudanese official is a dump idea and wasting of energy and resources. The first woman who introducing this culture is the Bitch and she is condemn to death. All the Bitches who don’t want to let the Hell Arab’s cultures go are curse to death. Shamed on you Bitches!

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      • 18 March 2013 07:41, by Nuer Empire

        Dinka Warrior:They were introduced by madam Robecca de Mabior when her late husband assumed his power sharing with Bashir in 2005.

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    • 18 March 2013 13:52, by Nuer Empire

      Master:Are you kidding? They are coming to serve people of South Sudan in Akobo,Nyirol and Fangak Counties.They are not looters.
      The Nuer Empire

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  • 18 March 2013 05:51, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    They need to bring their appetite with them,being a commissioner is like being a guard at the food store.there will be enough to eat and store for tommorow.wish you best of luck and protect your people from bush animals of pibor.

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  • 18 March 2013 07:41, by Tom D

    My congratulatory message to the people of Akoba, Nyirol and Fangak counties for having a New appointed Commissioners. ithink it’s a long waited demand from the governor H E Kuol Manyang Juuk to have change in your respective counties. Now change have been vailed accordingly, and it’s time to work hand in hand with new appointed Commissioners for the betterness of your Counties. Onec again, let’s

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    • 18 March 2013 07:50, by Nuer Empire

      Don’t deceive people here,Koang Rambang is from Jok Nyabiel Dinaay with Goy and Doyak Chuol.Mach/Jimaay Nyabiel have not ever ruled Akobo.They are inhabiting Walgak in Western Akobo.I am happy with his appointment,but next time chance should be given to Mach Nyabiel or Gon in Akobo as we are all Lou Nuer.
      The Nuer Empire

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      • 18 March 2013 09:55, by Gatwiituor

        The nuer empire,U are absolutely in state of insanity and i think u are out of ur mind,u re among those who cause confusion in akobo county ,if u don,t know people u come to me to teach u,koang R is not from Jok but is from cie guannyang (galiah).those who have hangover to rule Akobo let them be patient just a matter of time u will get it, Gon would not rule Akobo except Mac,with some reasons.

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        • 18 March 2013 11:10, by Nuer Empire

          Gatwiituor: Lol you can teach of what!? Koang Rambang Chuol Nyanhial Ruach with Luk Jock Ruach from Cie-Nyak in general and from Cie-Kuayieh in particular.When did he descend from Gat Nyang Dinaay!? That is Ja joak trick over Jimaay! There is no confirmation of Koang from Greater Nyang Dinaay actually called Gat-Yiel.I am happy with his appointment,but next time Nyang Dinaay sons will take the Hot

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          • 18 March 2013 11:14, by Nuer Empire

            Next times the hottest seat should be given to Nyang Dinaay or our nephew Mach nyabiel.Come and I will teach u all your ancestors.Tell me if you are from Cie-Yol,Cie-Nyak or Mor or Gon in Uror,Nyirol and Akobo Counties so that I will teach u your stories.I am from Gajaak.
            The Nuer Empire

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          • 19 March 2013 07:43, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

            Nuer Empire tell the truth, Gatnyal is a Gatnyal don’t u known that u have ur uncle?
            do u think ur uncle sons can give u a big chance to role them?
            If u need two term to rule Akobo don’t denying Koang.

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        • 18 March 2013 12:58, by Nuer Empire

          Again we have known your tricks that you can’t consider Gon by giving them a single post in Akobo even technical post! Yien Dinaay is the door for Lou Nuer let alone little boy called Wel Yar who opened a door to Murle.Jock Nyabiel Dinaay is known for his tricks to his brother like Mach and his uncles Nyang and Yien Dinaay.How can u teach me han gatdila!? Ejin dhol cienga ma jin?
          The Nuer Empire

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          • 19 March 2013 13:06, by Gatwiituor

            hahaahha nuer empire ,dil e nguanaath kene pel,in fact we would not let gon in Akobo to rule even a boma leave alone technical post u talks about ,jok nyabil are cooperate people who can accommodate who ever displace by hunger like you gaajak kiir ,but am worry that u are from gajaak may be u are from Gon ,

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            • 19 March 2013 15:23, by Nuer Empire

              Gatwiituor:Lool,how can accomodate Gajaak Kiir who have not ever come to Akobo? Well,we know Jok Nyabiel ’s tricks and jealousy! Your trick is to make Gon in Akobo to vote for u and later put down your head in Juba when they contact u.Yes,Gon have two counties and are your wall of protection.There would be nothing called Akobo were it not Gon!
              The Nuer Empire

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        • 18 March 2013 13:02, by Nuer Empire

          Again we have known your tricks that you can’t consider Gon by giving them a single post in Akobo even technical post! Yien Dinaay is the door for Lou Nuer let alone little boy called Wel Yar who opened a door to Murle.Jock Nyabiel Dinaay is known for his tricks to his brother like Mach and his uncles Nyang and Yien Dinaay.How can u teach me han gatdila!? Ejin dhol cienga ma jin?
          The Nuer Empire

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  • 18 March 2013 09:22, by Gabriel Ajak

    Congratulation to three appointees commissioners of three counties, challenges are on your way waiting ahead of you, please go and change the communities if you don’t then the change itself latter will change them.
    Take too much care with your devil neighbor Murle.

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  • 18 March 2013 14:55, by Realist

    To be honest, non of these Akobo commissioners are from Akobo. Akobo is an Anyuak county. And if SPLM is for justice and peace, next time Akobo Commissioner should be an Anyuak. My dad worked in Akobo in early 1980s and everyone knows, for God sake, that Akobo is an Anyuak land. I wonder why Anyuak are not speaking out loud! My dad was there when Anyuaks were massacred by Nuer in March 1983.

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    • 18 March 2013 15:33, by Dinkawarrior

      Those animals known for massacreed and nyamnyam only. I believe what you said, they did it.

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      • 18 March 2013 19:47, by Nuer Empire

        Realist and Dinka warrior:Both of you are liars! Both of you are street boys who don’t know South Sudan History rather you keep talking and talking nonsenses.Akobo has been there long time ago and Lou Nuer have been there since the beginning of the world.It is just a common place for both tribes.How can we come and massacre Anyuak in Eastern Akobo 2days walks & occupy permanently!?
        The Nuer Empir

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        • 19 March 2013 04:52, by Realist

          The Nuer Empire, we are not liars and you don’t know who you are talking to, to call us street boys. First of all, there are no common places in South Sudan. Each tribe has its place to stay. And I know Anyuak very well. They will not choose to live with you Nuers. Secondly, it is not about 19th century history, it is about something I witnessed myself. You can’t convince me otherwise.

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          • 19 March 2013 05:34, by Nuer Empire

            Oh Realist:You aren’t an Anyuak,but u wanna interfer on behalf of Anyuak!? They won’t even accept you.You just wasting your time.Anyuak and Nuer have been living together.Who are the land grabbers at the momemnt in Equatoria? Your hopeless Dinka men are like cancer in Equatoria.
            The Nuer Empire

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            • 19 March 2013 17:59, by Realist

              I don’t have to be an Anyuak to tell the truth. I want all South Sudanese to be free in their land and not counted as second class citizens like you do with Anyuaks in Akobo. During Anyanya moment, my uncle was trained in Anyuak land and my uncle liked Anyuak to his death.If there is a reason why Anyuak don’t accept you, it must be because you illegally occupied their land. Who like occupiers?

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            • 19 March 2013 18:05, by Realist

              No Dinka claims to be an Equatorian, and Dinka have no intention to occupy anybody’s land like you are doing in Akobo.

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