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January 30, 2014 (JUBA) - Youth groups from South Sudan’s Warrap state are currently split over a decision to either suspend or pursue an earlier mobilisation campaign seeking the removal of Governor Nyandeng Malek from office.

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Warrap state governor Nyandeng Malek addresing SPLM members in Kwajok April 15, 2013 (ST)

“We have had discussions among ourselves and with our leaders about political issues in our state, especially the way Nyandeng Malek had been managing the state since she became the governor. We were determined to push on with our campaign despite the difficulties we have had,” James Deng, a leading member of the youth initiative told Sudan Tribune Thursday.

The governor’s woes, he said, worsened after she dismissed Morris Mabior, the influential secretary general of the state workers’ union last year.

“This shows how tyrannical this government had become. But because of patriotism, given the political uncertainty, we agreed with our leaders to temporarily stop our activities against Nyandeng so that we support the national government address current crisis”, said Deng.

Santino Manut Deng, another youth leader, said some members were reluctant to carry out a campaign against the democratically-elected governor.

“We have not been active not because some of our colleagues were arrested but because the president has been reluctant to act on our demand. It seems he is afraid to remove this governor because he does not want to get another pressure like the ones he received following the dismissal of the governors of unity and lakes state”, he told Sudan Tribune from Wau, the Western Bahr el Ghazal state capital.

Nyandeng, the country’s only female governor, has twice survived being removed from power, with her supporters arguing that her exit could harm area’s reputation. But anger against those close to the governor in the area still festers.

At least one in every five people, sample interviews conducted by Sudan Tribune showed, vowed not to vote for President Salva Kiir in the next polls, if he maintains Nyandeng as governor.

A native of Warrap, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he was disappointed with the leadership of President whom he also described as a “good leader”.

“I come from Warrap, but I have never seen any development brought by Salva Kiir since he became the president”, he said, amidst claims he pays different taxes, “yet the government does little to improve services”.

The government, observers say, could hang on until the country’s next election, but its vulnerable position means it lacks the courage to reform the corrupt political system or inefficient judiciary.

(ST)

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  • 31 January 2014 05:54, by omoni jr.

    leave the governor alone,
    you need to remove the really gangster,murderer called salva kiir in his palace and then Nyandeng Malek will resign peacefully,

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    • 31 January 2014 14:08, by Reconciliation

      To:Gen.Kiir Mayardit.Without removal of Nyendeng Malek,No vote for you from the people of Warrap in 2015 elections.This is based on the research i had conducted this year in all the six counties of Warrap state.this information is for your benefit.just believe me.Warrap citizens do not like her and you should response to their request otherwise,they may turn against you too.

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  • 31 January 2014 06:10, by Tong dut

    Salva Kiir is the one to be remove follow the his wife Nyandeng.
    He created Dinka Nuer war, and he brings Ugandan forces to kill south Sudan. How useless our president is?
    Museveni needs him to pay death of Ugandans soliders who die at Bor,but he said he will give fuel only.

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  • 31 January 2014 08:59, by siddaw

    I think we need to be sensible here. What has she done? why should she be removed? Come on people. Don’t think retardiantly. We’re progressing forward and such act of dragging us to our knees should not be condoned. Why can’t we read the Constitution? Please let her term be off first before raising such obscure points.....

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  • 31 January 2014 10:40, by Monydit

    Yes we Youths and Assembly here in Warrap State Approve the Remove of Nyadeng Malek out as Governor of Warrap ,Nyadeng Malek Must to Replace by Caretaker Governor Mr Diem Cyerdit in some fews days to Came within this Month of Feb ,pls all they youths of warrap State let preapare to recived Hornouable Diem Cyerdit as Warrap caretaker Governor ,Diem Cyerdit Oyee and Warrap Oyee and Nyadeng Malek Dow

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    • 31 January 2014 20:19, by Dr B2

      Many thanks, Warrap Youth Kiir will never remove Nyandeng and so call Malong Awan who his now pushing him to a fire grape.
      My encouragement to you guys don,t give up, these old mens are dead bodies they are against development as their days are numbered mobilize your selves and overthrow them from your beloved state of warrap,Nyandeng is removing the real warrap fighters with Kiir.

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    • 31 January 2014 20:28, by Dr B2

      Kiir Gov is shaking up and will never spent one month let Nyandeng go away with him,stupid president which rulled by M7 he suppose to name him self Vice President of Uganda-South Sudan he has emety central bank by transported all National money to Uganda hoping if he will soon fall and run away.

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