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N. Bahr el Ghazal parliament summons minister over land issues

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March 22, 2014 (JUBA) – Members of the state legislative assembly in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal have summoned the state minister of physical infrastructure to appear before a briefing over oddities in the allocation of land plots in the capital, Aweil.

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Three boys carry their belongings by cart in Sudan’s Northern Bahr el-Ghazal state (Photo: UN/Staton Winter)

Minister Angui Diing Diing, a well-known associate of Pagan Amum Okiech, the former secretary-general of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, is expected to appear before members of the house on Monday.

Multiple members of parliament told Sudan Tribune on Saturday that Diing had been expected to attend a briefing on 17 March, but failed to appear after reportedly taking sick leave.

Under articles 56 and 58 of the State Transitional Constitution, members are permitted to summons any public office holder to clarify matters of public importance.

In an ordinary session on Monday, state legislators described the minister’s no-show as disrespectful and a sign of “insubordination”.

State MP Santino Mayuat Ngong confirmed that Diing had been summonsed over issues related to the allocations and acquisition of land in Aweil town, after the minister failed to address complaints raised by local residents, some of whom staged a protest.

Like other urban centres in the country, Aweil town has experienced rapid population growth since the end of the civil war with Sudan, compounded by the fact that many returnees to the country who fled at the height of the conflict now preferred to resettle in urban centres rather than their remote, ancestral homelands.

Analysts say the trend has driven an increasing demand in urban areas, leading to the proliferation of informal land markets and value speculations.

Deng Ajou, a resident of Maper Akot, a residential area in Aweil town told Sudan Tribune on Saturday that the state ministry of physical infrastructure was responsible for the problems, accusing officials of being driven by greed.

“I have been here living in Aweil for the last seven years and I know where exactly the problem lies. It lies squarely with the officials at the state ministry of physical infrastructure,” he said.

“They don’t care about service. I tell you now 120 people share documents with similar plot details. I am now sharing the plot with someone else. The same plot that was given to me after paying for it and completed all the processes is the same plot which has [been] given to someone else. This is a complete mess and the ministry did not want to address [the issues],” he added.

Ajou said that these days the only want to secure a land plot in the area was through back door dealings with the officials at the state ministry of physical infrastructure and the town council, adding that very few in Aweil owned large land resources.

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  • 23 March 10:45, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    persist from describing people like this, What does his association with Pagan Amum has to do with his job responsibilities?

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  • 23 March 13:18, by Akot Deng

    what amess our MPS are conspiring for their own interest not insuffient service delivery as they said, the reallity is that most of the MPS have used Town Mayor as thier shield to interupe ministry programme.

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  • 23 March 13:26, by Akot Deng

    the desperate people like Deng Ajou who misunderstood the courses in this article naively expressed rumours that he do hear from the people but not in reallity, the Ministry is equiped with well educate personel who can manage records and investigate what may not be true by solving all the pretending problems, so he should avoid a lied that a round 120 people collided with the same numbers.

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    • 24 March 18:44, by The rock

      Akot Deng, we know that you talking out of help because one of your uncles is a land broker in the state ministry and we know that. so you need not to pretend on behalf of us, you got 10 plots while others have nothing at all. if that thing continues in Awiel we will kill each other....your mother and father plus you what so call uncles alone are not the only real owners of Awiel.

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  • 24 March 07:05, by Nan dit

    Well done NBeG-State legislative assembly.
    The NBeG-Minister of SMOPI must answer the following:
    - Land grabbing by officials working in his Ministry
    - Plot duplication(giving one plot to many people)
    - Selling out the land of poor to rich people
    - Ignoring women rights to land and give their land out. Especially female headed household, returnees, widows, disables and elderly people.

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  • 24 March 07:17, by Nan dit

    The NBeG Minister of SMOPI must answer the following:
    - Why the land administration is not base on the principles of decentralization, participation and transparency for the benefit of all the people of South Sudan? according to the law governing land.
    - Procedures of compensation are not follows in accordance with law?

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  • 24 March 07:26, by Nan dit

    Dear bro. Akot Deng,
    We can’t term the summon of the Minister to be a mess from State legislative assembly. They are doing this within their mandate as one of their duties & responsibilities. They must check the transparency in land allocation if they are aware of any complain in related to land allocation. If you seen them referring it to two articles/section? they are not out laws.

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    • 25 March 10:00, by Nan dit

      It is time for God who has been hearing the cries of his people whose plots have been grabbed by the ministry of physical Infrastructure lead by(Ameripiyin)with his colleague Akot Deng who is now trying to defense land grabbers because birds of the same feathers flock together. God has called you to vacant the seats to the one who is patriotic to their citizens.

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