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June 10, 2014 (JUBA) – Youth leaders from South Sudan’s Greater Equatoria region have declared their support for federalism, saying the system of governance underscores the common position already adopted by their leaders.

“It’s our moral responsibility to participate in [the] establishment of a system that suits and fosters peace, development and delivery of social services to entire citizens of South Sudan without creating imbalances and discriminations”, the youth said in a statement.

The youth leaders also lauded the governors of Central and Western Equatoria states for openly advocating for federalism, which they consider to be in line with the interest of their respective citizens.

Central Equatoria state governor, Clement Wani Konga initially made the call for federalism at last week’s Greater Equatoria states conference held in the capital, Juba and this was reiterated by his Western Equatoria state counterpart, Joseph Bakosoro on Monday.

“It’s now very clear that our country is heading to irreversible decision that required unity, trust and commitment from all sides of citizens and leaderships alongside those who might carry deliberate evil plans in contradiction to the popular will of the people of Greater Equatoria and South Sudan as well,” partly reads the statement.

“We concur with Central Equatoria state governor in stating that the demands of people through dialogue must not be mixed with misinformation,” it added.

E. EQUATORIA URGED TO ADOPT STANCE

Meanwhile the youth leaders urged the governor of Eastern Equatoria state, Louise Lobong Lojore, to equally sensitise citizens on the benefits of the adoption of a federal system of governance.

In their statement, the group also advised youth in the Greater Equatoria region to prepare themselves for the management of public affairs.

“It’s our strong believe to struggle for just freedom, equality and final liberty for the people of South Sudan who, since 2005, have failed get the fruits of the freedom they have fought for”, it stressed.

While officially opening the country’s national assembly last week, South Sudan president Salva Kiir proposed that citizens should be allowed to decide on what system of governance they wanted instead of imposing federalism onto them as demanded by the country’s opposition group.

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  • 11 June 04:39, by Akol Liai Mager

    That’s fine, the national government and a Parliament must put this into a referendum for people make a final decision and put the idea to rest in the right place.

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    • 11 June 05:57, by Joseph Canada

      Akol, there’s no referendum on this thing. You want referendum vote so that your Kiir leadership will intimidate people as they did to the independent voters. Why do you Dinka worry so much about the federalism? Its because you were running around with the country’s death and making it tribal. Look how you treated other people in the customs, and airports. you took everything from every community.

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      • 11 June 06:51, by Akol Liai Mager

        Hi there unknown person, firstly be advised that referendum is one of the greatest democratic tools. 2ndly, I do understand your grievances about Dinka and 3rdly, Kiir is not mine. He is not related to me from near or far, but would have been proud of him if he did what I see he should have done. Finally,just identify yourself to the nation becoz you have nothing to fear about.

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        • 11 June 08:57, by Logic

          I fear that many do not fully understand the concept of federalism. Can someone please answer these two questions.

          1) Can a Nuer, Dinka or Shiluk become a commissioner or a mayor in Equatoria and an Equatorian equally so in Upper Nile in the proposed federal system?

          2) What did the states/ regions achieve with their significant constitutional power under the decentralized system?

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        • 11 June 20:48, by adamu

          Akol, i like your mature reasoning, had Kiir did what the people wanted i don’t think we would have gone to the point taking arms bro. He let our new born child down and the people who supported him to get that job. We are here to find out ways of bettering that nation and its inhabitants.

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      • 11 June 13:04, by Chol A.

        @Joseph nyagat in Canada, your hopeless ideas of federalism have been disputed and only way now for dr Riek to come back hopelessly and start campaigning as politician for 2018 election or accepted prime minster and still under Kiir rules otherwise he will be forces to jail!

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      • 11 June 20:27, by Force 1

        Joseph Canada
        You Equatorians will never learn a lesson unless you have the same lost as Dinka and nuer during the December 15th to present of this conflict. You can monger this division all you want but be careful what you wish for before it turned out deadly to you.

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    • 11 June 08:30, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      Dear Akol, no matter how long the exercise take us but the fact remain that the people of this country are leaning toward the system that engulf their interest at large, the people of South Sudan exhausted everything in this government but the tyranny dictator remained dull on this, however the people demand on federal system of government must be respected and nobody should be allow to joke

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      • 11 June 08:52, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

        The ideas of self determination of Dr.Riak Machar was invested to South Sudanese and good enough Dr. Riek visualized self determination as the only way to stop war in Sudan when there was somebody like Dr. John Garang to buy the ideas but now Salva Kiir is just nothing, however Dr. Riek should and must lead the federal system for the proper transformation and transition from corrupt government.

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      • 11 June 09:05, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

        The ideas of self determination of Dr.Riak Machar was invested to South Sudanese and good enough Dr. Riek visualized self determination as the only way to stop war in Sudan when there was somebody like Dr. John Garang to buy the ideas but now Salva Kiir is just nothing, however Dr. Riek should and must lead the federal system for the proper transformation and transition from corrupt government.

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  • 11 June 07:01, by George Bol

    S.Sudan is under federal system now. Somalia has become a fail state in similar way Equatoria really want South Sudan. I am not talking about Nuer Losers because they are begging EQ for support. In Somalia, every region has their own system-military, leadership, economic systems, everything without unifying system.You guys can see Somalia because every region is far from others.

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  • 11 June 07:09, by George Bol

    Federal system is not understood by EQ but they will regret if force to others.Dinka are worried about EQ and Nuer because most of them are not patriotic. When Jallaba declare war on us, they will surrunder their areas to enemy because of food and slavery. Guys, many people died in EQ, we can not afford those coward like Wani Konga who have been militia in his lifetime. Riek trick Joseph Oduk same

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    • 11 June 07:28, by John The President

      Bol
      you have made a point there, the situation we are in need not be added another unnecessary ideas,surely without first defining our borders, ly ahead the most difficult situation should we opt for federalism. the fregamentation will be exploited by our common enemy and may use it to weaken us further than we have done ourselves. there will be no one unifying voice on the national issues.

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      • 11 June 07:33, by John The President

        .....The consequences are huge that none of the region will bear without the support from the national gov’t since power will be limited. the best time for federalism is not now when even the reconciliation and nation healing from the current crisis is not effected. it just show to the world how weak our leaders are in dealing with national matters. restoring peace and harmony among our people....

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        • 11 June 07:38, by John The President

          .. should be the top priority, and federalism later after everyone has clearly understood the important of peace. what cling to my mine is that, Equatorian who are advocating for federalism seemed to be millions miles away from offering ways to resolve the current conflict. what if the Uppernile and Bar el Gazal realized this trick, and put aside all the differences?. why should the conflict.....

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          • 11 June 07:43, by John The President

            .. be seen as Uppernil-Bar el gazal issue?, federalism must wait, Riek and Kiir plus IGAD should not mix everything up, only interim gov’t that will unite our people should rest on the table, other thing such as federalism and internal matters that ly with the will of the entire south sudan population and should not be exported to Addis Ababa. meanwhile the leaders from other two region should....

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            • 11 June 07:45, by John The President

              ..extensively study the nature and why federalism is a call at this difficult time?. something is hidden that must be carefully look at.

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    • 11 June 07:48, by thomas

      "Dinka are worried about EQ and Nuer because most of them are not patriotic."

      When these kind of things are said openly by those opposed to federalism, it’s clear that they their motivation is only to protect their own community’s divine right to power. We all suffered to achieve equality, do not fool yourself; no one will accept tyranny in South Sudan anymore.

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    • 11 June 08:20, by Malakal county Simon

      No federalism no peace simple as that....

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  • 11 June 09:30, by wang

    Dinka are like kids which always listening to something when they told not to do this/that….Same they (Dinka) will accept the Federal system when they see the blood….is bleeding

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    • 11 June 16:54, by Ito

      Congratulation brothers and sisters. We the youth in Torit here have concluded our meeting and we resolved to meet governor Louis Lobong to join voices with the masses and the next steps should be practical. training, guns and then demand for federal system by peace or by barrel of guns. We will declare its implementation in our states. If it means balkanization of south sudan, equatoria is ready.

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      • 11 June 16:59, by Ito

        Our representative in Lobira have already mobilize more than 50,000 youth and 15000 have been mobilize from magwai county, 35000 from Torit county and 2 counties in kapoeta have gone to 40,000 and other counties will indicate their numbers by the end of the month. These numbers are in addition to already registered 80,000 youth in previous months. And mobilization is continuing. freedom or death.

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        • 11 June 22:16, by Mapuor

          Itto

          Who do you want to fight and why?Federal system based on ethnic states is what all South Sudanese want.The Dinkas that are your target are happy to see their oil being used in developing their states not Juba.President Kiir was democratically elected and will rule democratically for years.He is not oppose to ethnic based states.You will never dominate smaller tribes in Equatoria my dear.

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  • 11 June 22:04, by Mapuor

    Those who advocate for federalism must read Nigerian history on federalism, Nigeria was exactly three regions before independence and went through reorganizations into ethnic based states up to recently, it now has 36 ethnic based federal states. Ethiopia in 1995 adopted ethnic based regions (Kililoch).India is the largest democracy in the world and had adopted ethnic based ethnic based sta

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  • 11 June 22:07, by Mapuor

    Those who advocate for federalism must read Nigerian history on federalism, Nigeria was exactly three regions before independence and went through reorganizations into ethnic based states up to recently, it now has 36 ethnic based federal states. Ethiopia in 1995 adopted ethnic based regions (Kililoch).India is the largest democracy in the world and had adopted ethnic based ethnic based sta

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    • 11 June 22:08, by Mapuor

      states long ago. The most recent split occurred in Andra pradish,where Talanganga split from Andrapradesh in 2014.We in South Sudan must just go into ethnic based regions gradually. Greater Upper Nile can split into Padang state;Chollo state;Nuer states;Murlei state;Greater Bor state.Greater BGR can split into Fertit state;Jurchol state;Malual state;Rek state;Rumbek state and Yirol state.Gre

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      • 11 June 22:11, by Mapuor

        Greater Equatoria can split into the following states: Bari speakers state;Moro state;Zande state;Taposa/Didinga-Boya state;;Easter Equatoria state can combining Acoli/Latuka/Lokoyo /Madi(greater Torit) etc

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        • 11 June 23:40, by Ito

          Mapour, you have already said what I was going to say about you. From your writing, you have no idea of what federalism means. You will learn later after the system is in place, I cannot waste my time to teach you now as I and others have more pressing issues to deal with at the moment. I know intellectuals will even skip your comments.

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          • 12 June 08:22, by Padiet Deng Alony

            ito

            what Mapour wrote is the one will work.
            ethnical based federalism function

            Greater Dinka Region
            nuer region
            Acholi region
            Anyuak region
            Latuko region
            Bari region
            Mundari region etc

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