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Aweil community seeks to justify calls for governor’s removal

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December 4, 2013 (JUBA) - The Aweil community of South Sudan’s North Bahr el Ghazal state has published a list reasons justifying their call for the state governor’s removal.

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General Paul Malong Awan, Governor of South Sudan’s State of Northern Bahr el Ghazal (Source: paulmalongforgovernor.org)

In a press release the group said warned President Salva Kiir that the support of the area is contingent on how he deals with the numerous issues they have raised about the leadership of Governor Paul Malong Awan.

"We have repeated in many occasions that the citizens of Northern Bahr el Ghazal respect you as their leader and have no illusions against your leadership. But if they are pushed against the wall by Governor Paul Malong, as it is happening now, then we shall be left without option, but to step aside and watch the political scenario being played by Governor Malong alone", they statement said.

Only time will tell whether the Aweil community will continue to support the current leadership of the ruling SPLM in northern border state.

"The choice is absolutely yours. It’s you who can reconcile and unite Aweil Community behind you and it’s you who can also disown this great Community and leave them in unclear and confused political dilemma", the release warns president Kiir in part.

The release explained that the citizens of the area consider president Kiir as their son, adding that he would continue to have their political support as long as he meets their aspirations.

The Aweil community had demonstrated their support of Kiir during the SPLM decades of liberation struggle and since 2005 , when a peace brought the SPLM to power.

Kiir had also received a high percentage of votes from Aweil during the 2010 elections, "an indication that people of Aweil are politically behind you. This fact should not be ignored”, the release, bearing signatures of community leaders, adds.

Charges brought against governor Awan following the conduct of a one-day community conference held on 30 November, include his assumption functions and duties not granted to him by the constitution.

“All the executive, legislative and judicial powers are exclusively exercised by the Governor. The Governor interfered in many occasions with functions of State Legislative Assembly. He did this violation by dismissing and arresting MPs, and reshuffling its leadership without legal procedures”, the release adds.

The Aweil community also allege that citizens in Northern Bahr el Ghazal are subjected to arbitrary arrest without following legal procedures specified by law.

"The Governor puts himself in a position of prosecutor and/or a judge in the State. He orders the arrest and release of individuals according to his wishes”, according to the statement.

Other charges made include spending state budget without following plans and programs as well as not making cash transfers from the central government transparent.

The community leaders also cited Awan’s "arbitrary actions", notably the unjustified sacking of the speaker and six members of the state legislative assembly.

The release accuses Awan of embezzling "unspecified" pension funds and pocketing grant transfers for all the five counties from national government covering a financial period between 2012 and 2013

DIVERSION OF HUMANITARIAN AID

Awan is also held for diverting humanitarian assistance contributed by the natives of the area living abroad for personal use.

"In another incident of misuse of Public properties the people of NBGS living in USA appealed to American based organization (Kingway Association) in 2009 to support the people in the State with medical supplies (Drugs) with a view to alleviate the health problems in NBG. Immediately Kingway Association procured and dispatched medical supplies amounting to 584 units packed in 4 size big sealed cartons", the statement claimed.

The community members further accused the governor of taking the medical supplies to his house. They further said that the Governor and his Minister of Health failed to provide the donor with a detailed report about the distribution of he medication and the Association stopped a project aiming to ensure continual medical support to the state hospitals.

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  • 5 December 2013 08:53, by Mayom County Boy

    who care let them remove him from is power !
    because change may go to some body else
    i hope all those can not be protected from what they need

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    • 5 December 2013 09:06, by Tong dut

      Dinkas are like that, they like trouble so that they still money and kill many people and their rulling S P L M, criminal leader will be in power for ever.

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    • 5 December 2013 09:08, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      The leaders want to back away from democracy because of oil’s money.there dynasties are al ready set for their kids and grand kids. what you are trying to do now is jealousy or sabotage to their social façade. damage is already done.

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      • 5 December 2013 09:24, by Pure Nationalist

        He is doing what his leader does, all what you mentioned are what Press. Kiir has been doing and he couldn’t stop Awan from doing it, just choose another option

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    • 5 December 2013 10:26, by Tiitrot

      Dear all,
      Since when did you know that Malong is a bad person when you were the same people campaigning for him while he had more than eighty (80) wives?
      Malong should have not been the first choice though people use to say that he is ever brave,brave than who? Malong’s characters are just those of a thief which he he is fit to be apart from other things.
      Thank you all for the choice.

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  • 5 December 2013 09:27, by Wicdail

    Paul M. Awan is the most corrupts and dictator individual of all times in Kirr leadership. His behavior has no surprise at all. I’m very sorry for Northern BG citizens, because their call to remove this dangerous old man will never materialize as long as Kirr is still the president of RSS. No matter how much you please him (Kiir). mark my words.

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  • 5 December 2013 10:06, by Bentiu son

    Dear siblings from Mading Aweil,incompetent Jurchol bred Salva Kiir trust individuals rather than community who zealed useless deals with him.Kiir n Malong had got big deal who they signed to split the revenues of Wunyiik Market n Aweil Rice Scheme products among themselves, He did the same in Lake State with dictator Gen Matur Chut as well as in Unity State about our 2% oil revenues previously.

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    • 5 December 2013 10:12, by Malakal county Simon

      Paul Awan is not qualified in first place to lead such state with large populations, he need to be remove immediately.

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    • 5 December 2013 10:18, by Bentiu son

      Under dictator Salva Kiir,we shall only experience sufferings,oppression,humiliation,harassment,torturing,terrorizing,corruption,tribalism,nepotism,cattle rustlings,hatreds, wanton killings across the country,dictatorship system,n lack of fundamental basic services for civilians as well as men in uniforms SPLA.Plz,Aweilians Don’t favor selfish personal like him for being in the same region.

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  • 5 December 2013 10:18, by Kenyang

    This group like Dr. Riek’s need to talk less & prepare themselves BIG for upcoming elections. Like Kiir leadership, I never like Gov. Paul malong Awan’s since 1992 when he replaced Late Maj. Gen. Lual Riiny but such a call spearheaded by people like Ajou Deng Akuei is meant to fight over governor’s position when the case is grievances.......cont

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    • 5 December 2013 10:30, by Kenyang

      ...In fact, I admire Gen. Dau Aturjong and remain a diehard supporter but he needs to distance himself from individuals like Ajou Deng who recently flew to Juba from Khartoum. Dau Aturjong is respected name in Aweil and many other towns and it’s enough to stand alone.

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      • 5 December 2013 13:11, by Kikiji longiro

        Dear home guys,
        These people Salva Kiir is devoted for within the 7 States of Upper nile & Bhar el Ghazel looks to be sick people. How can a person like Malinga described to have 80 wives is called to be a State governor. Is that State provetness not enough for his childern. I Don,t believe such a stupid person can be called my governor, I am borende to dwell a Dinka animal ?
        Kikiji

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  • 5 December 2013 13:12, by Kalo

    Hi my former comrades South Sudanese,it seem that every one in South Sudan does,t like the governors,the question is,why did they elected them?In Africa difficult to get the leader who can rule in democratic manner,dictatorship and the corruption is the order of day,we need time to change.
    Wad-Nuba

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  • 5 December 2013 17:51, by Gatluak

    Kiir will face it soon as it appear that in his own place (Greater Bahr El Ghazal) he is losing population. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha my fool president. Face it till you will realized removing your comarade whom you fought for our liberation together.

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  • 5 December 2013 17:53, by chol

    Kiir is Jurchol of Dinka.Nothing wrong with that.

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  • 5 December 2013 22:48, by Aweil the Role Model State 4peace

    Hey Folks,
    Why don’t you stop barking and come to join us 2morow @Freedom Square in order to impeach the elected Governor in our original land which will be rcognised & blessed by the really community of Mading Aweil instead of your so called Aweil Community in Juba which was organised and fueled by power-greedy individuals.
    Aweil was already rated as a peaceful State in South Sudan by UNMIS

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  • 6 December 2013 09:21, by Ambago

    My people why do you want to entrench this undemocratic culture of allowing the president to remove a democratically elected governor?
    You have your state parliament that can impeach the governor or the citizens who can demand his resignation if you think he’s becoming irrelevant. The only other option should be to wait and vote him out come 2015!
    Keep to your hard won democracy.

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