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Eastern Equatoria governor joins calls for federalism

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By Ijoo Bosco

June 15, 2014 (TORIT) - The governor of South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state has backed calls for federalism, saying it was the system of governance demanded for by Equatorians at the time the new nation attained its independence from Sudan in 2011.

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Eastern Equatoria state governor Louis Lobong Lojore speaking at a ceremony in the capital Torit, May 8, 2014 (ST)

Speaking for first time on the matter, Louise Lobong said calls for federalism were not initiated by his Greater Equatoria counterparts, but rather a system demanded by citizens in these three regions.

"We [governors] have been saying this even to the president and everybody that Equatorians want federalism and not we as governors because we are elected leaders," Lobong told reporters in the capital, Torit.

"We are representing them. We tell out what the people are saying and we will continue advocating for it”, he added.

Governor Lobong hinted that a nationwide campaign in support of federalism would soon be held to convince the population to embrace a federal system of governance in the young nation.

He wondered why the former vice-president-turned rebel leader, Riek Machar was now at the forefront of advocating for federalism, yet he was among the lawmakers who allegedly voted against it when the matter was tabled before the national assembly.

“It could be a way of buying time and just deceiving people, but good if they accept it. We will table it and put in the constitution. Neither Machar nor Kiir can decree this issue and put in to the constitution", said Lobong.

"It is a process and it is the people to accept it and adapt it", stressed the governor.

He however challenged South Sudanese stakeholders spreading the federalism idea to first enlighten citizens on the positive and negative implications of this governance system.

"There is need to educate the nation about the challenges related to adapting a new system of governance though many people across South Sudan talk of federalism as a kind of government that will help settle the problem of the young nation", he stressed.

The governor cautioned members of the SPLM-in-Opposition not to capitalise on the ongoing talks in Addis Ababa as a platform to push for federalism in South Sudan.

Central Equatoria state governor, Clement Wani Konga initially made the call for federalism during the Greater Equatoria conference held in the capital, Juba. A similar statement was echoed by the Western Equatoria state governor, Joseph Bakosoro last week.

But while officially opening the country’s national assembly two weeks ago, president Kiir proposed that citizens be allowed to decide on what system of governance they wanted and that federalism should not be imposed onto them as demanded by the opposition.

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  • 16 June 02:55, by Joseph Canada

    Lopai have finally woken up! Great to join the team on time rather then be left alone. In terms of education, the Equatorians have always been born on the Federal system. It’s just the matter of putting it in constitution,

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    • 16 June 04:08, by Ito

      Lobong thank you for joining hands with other brothers but for how long are we going to talk. Salva is against federal system, do you have plan B? Please pick up arms and the people will follow you. Talking will not change anything in south sudan. Do not be surprise by change of heart of Dr. Riek, politics is all about change and we congratulate him. Machar have investigative mind.

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      • 16 June 06:33, by Mi diit

        Louis Lobong is a well known illiterate liar and a political gambler just like his master Kiir Kuethpiny. When did Riek Machar vote against federalism and when was it tabled before parliament in Juba. Now you wake up and begin to lie. Pick up your gun because Kiir will not implement federalism without a fight.

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  • 16 June 03:58, by Gat Gan Kiir

    Poor Lobong must understand that without Dr. Machar and entire SPLM in Opposition leadership and supporters, calling for Federal State would have never materialised. You mentioned that you brought it three years ago and was turn down by Kiir and his puppets, so now Dr. Machar stood up for Federal State and I believed it must happen since the so call New Sudan disappear and replaced with Indipendan

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  • 16 June 05:10, by Black Africa

    The Voices of Great Equatorians have spoken. We the Great Equatorians stand for federalism for the sake of unity for the people of South Sudan or we will declare self-determination because our own president has created tribalism environment, so every tribe or each tribe must Arm its own tribe to protect them from any attack, we don’t trust this gangsta government anymore.

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  • 16 June 05:49, by wang

    Why Governor Louis Lobong spoken like he is from another planet? Does he ever think that the Bahr el Ghazalain would not easily give up to this Federal system has been requisites by the majority Southerner? This federal system will come through bullets as the same way Dr .Riek did for self-determination, which had led to South Independent…just prepare for worse to come not taken on Macher……… gove

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    • 16 June 07:11, by John The President

      from all your comments, I see another bloodshed in the peaceful land of Equatoria. it seemed the current crisis has not touch the heart of few Equatorian who suggesting the use of gun to install Federalism. To concur with your call for Federalism, lets go a simple way. let destoy states structures and empower counties, this where services can reach people. if the state gov’t is maintain, they will

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      • 16 June 07:15, by John The President

        ..continues to mismanage the resources, the county is more close to people than state and the region. anything sort of that is just a quest for bloodshed which we are tired of.

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  • 16 June 07:20, by John The President

    .That way, federalism may make sense otherwise. a week ago I outline the reason why I don’t support federalism at this time. we should instead prioritizes reconciliation among-st our communities and slowly we educate them on what type of governance is best for our countries. Now, this crical point is not making sense to some of the politician and instead engineers more confusion and mess, I here..

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    • 16 June 07:23, by John The President

      ..By saying that we shall continue to shed blood of the defense women, children, elderly and the orphans of the Sudan war. I don’t wish for that but surely it will occur as the blind support for politician whose vision is just to rule.

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  • 16 June 11:24, by Jubawe

    Wang.
    Do you think if Dinka will win again Greater Equatoria just a reminder Uganda will not support this time Movesveni already betray Kirr in Addis and his demanding huge money,
    Dinka never learn the lesson from Equatorian soon the worst to start, Dinka never fight by them selves then calling for help, Uganda come to rescue Kirr because of Equatoria not for Dinka this is just a secret for u

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  • 16 June 14:42, by Jalaby

    I am pretty sure this demand will not stop at federalism but will go beyond that to con-federalism and perhaps independence!
    The south is deeply divided and lack for homogenization, acceptance of the other and the culture of forgiveness!
    Yet the darkness and ugly days have to come buddies!

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  • 16 June 14:52, by wang

    Jubawe
    There is no way in this world Dinka can face you guys (Equatorian) in battlefiled…George Athor alone defeated Dinka government, David YY did same till they called Peter Gatdet Yak to recuse them…..less than 20,000 civilians Nuer youth defeated Dinka governemnt till they called Ugandans for recuse…..God design Dinka for just to eat only and nothing else on top

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  • 16 June 16:08, by Positive Thinker

    Guys I am for federalism in hell or in paradise.

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