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S. Sudanese police general calls for division of N. Bahr El Ghazal state

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June 18, 2014 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese police general has called for the split of Northern Bahr el Ghazal into two states, claiming that the creation of more administrative entities in the area would take services closer to the people and resolve political differences.

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The map of Northern Bahr el Ghazal in red.

Major General Gabriel Deng Jor argued in the letter extended to Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that the area was too big and haboured many conflicts.

“There has been a long demand to divide the state into more state separate entities because of several reasons. One reason is that we say the population is too much big to be administered as one state. It needs to be divided into more states so that the government and services are taken closer to the people. The second reason is to resolve political differences”, he said.

Northern Bahr el Ghazal, which borders East Darfur and West Kordofan states of the neighbouring Sudan, covers some 30, 543 km. The state is largely inhabited by the Dinka tribe.

Jor said that the population of his home state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal had been undercounted during the previous census, accusing certain quarters of deliberate misrepresentation.

“Certain people did it intentionally. Otherwise who does not know our population? History is a clear witness and can only be reversed if miracle happened? It is known fact world over that political representatives and creation of more administrative units and the resources allocation are made from the census after which the number of constituencies can be made based on the population. From the previous census Aweil is number 16, which is wrong because it does not represent the real information about the population census”, argued General Jor.

According to the controversial 2008 census, Northern Bahr El Ghazal is the sixth most populous state in South Sudan with a population of 720,898 people.

General Jor said that his community had made number of demands asking the leadership in Juba to divide the state into more separate entities.

He wondered why the leadership had been sleeping on the demand of Mading Aweil while it accepts and acts on similar demand asking creation of administrative units in other parts of the country.

“So we in Aweil put through along argument demanding fresh registration of the population because Aweil is the largest region or area in South Sudan compared with Upper Nile state (Malakal, Unity State (Bentiu), Jonglei State (Bor) and Eastern Equatoria (Torit). If you can calculate the population of Aweil then Gok Machar, Aweil South and Aweil town should be made as a separate state while Aweil East goes a state of its own. Aweil west and Centre should another state”, he explained.

In 2009, hundreds of Northern Bahr el Ghazal citizens in Khartoum unanimously supported a proposal for creation of more counties out of the five that existed with limited number of constituencies.

The move, they argued, would take services nearer to the people and create employment opportunities for the local population.

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  • 19 June 11:03, by Paul Chadrack

    it is Predictable that kiir regime will collapse soon and will be replace with a federal system of government, after it the so call greater bhar el ghazel will Disintegrate because what united them now is being in this tribal government and looting of public resources.

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  • 19 June 11:08, by Kumbo

    Mr Police General can you tell us how big is Northern Bahr El Gazal stats is than Jonglei Western Equatoria, Western Bahr El Gazal and Lake State?
    You are talking of insecurity what of Jongle and Lake State and LRA in Western Equatoria just say coz of Dinka government you want to create another system for eating money you food lover

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  • 19 June 11:11, by Kumbo

    General Do you want to become the first Governor of that new state or you are affriad of federalsim so that northern BG will have more shares in the budget

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  • 19 June 12:30, by kuach yak

    General is right, if Kiir could give greater Pibor their own state, though nicknamed as Administrative area" why not Northern Bahr El Ghazel and any other state? The problem is that Kiir is not pro-active but always reactive to violent. After refusing several times to divide Jonglei, he came to accept it at last after Yau Yau took up arms. General, you will succeed only by gun, not mere demands.

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    • 19 June 13:32, by Ajongtar

      Mr. Jor if you want to have an indipendant state in NBGS, Just join Gen: Athurjong and take it by bullets like Yau Yau did for greater Pibor piriod.

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      • 19 June 14:05, by Lango2010

        Gen. Jor you are demanding from the blue, though we think NBGS had and still being cheated in term census, her people have never experience and instability among them.their demand should have been creation of New Counties not a State. don’t trouble us. we only two peaceful tribes of Dinka and Luo. power struggle can not divide us, all in all we need to be good example to sister States.

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  • 19 June 16:12, by Buffalo

    How come for a police officer to involve in political affairs? the work of police is to implement the law and order but not to create a political divisions. This show that the government system is no longer there as every body is becoming a politician even the police. What about governor what is the work of him? That is the result of leading the people without a vision. Is country going where?

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    • 19 June 18:42, by Mapuor

      Promoting illiterates to high ranks is now proving to be useless. During the war those illiterates were used to block educated sons of Bhar El Gazal from reaching influential military positions and were kept in lower ranks so that they perish as platoon and company commanders. Just look at this illiterate thug. He never studied geography and knows nothing about demographics, leave alone the

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  • 20 June 01:36, by Nyesi Ta

    Mr. Gen, where did u get the idea that if a state is populous, it must be divided into mor states? I think u need to do more research to understand population as related to state. Don’t u think it is better to ask for the creation of more counties instead of states. Please do more home work on this issue. But if u really want a state of ur own to be curved out of NBG, then take up arms like Yau Ya

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  • 20 June 10:32, by Alier42

    The general could among the people who brought shame to the Dinka community at large by massacring civilians in cold blood in Juba if your intention was to have a lion share in the nation resources,then you have got it wrong i won,t blame the general for his opinion,his illiteracy will be squarely blame,he though if the presidency is being headed by the person from their community,

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    • 20 June 10:44, by Alier42

      general ,your state is not bigger than the others states unless your opinion is driven by self-interest or else base on predominate characteristic of the community you came from simply.if you re of the idea of one chance one goal,forget about it,just make the right use the resources you have looted in your corrupt system of governance,and make sure everything have its end.

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