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South Sudan’s Warrap state declares opposition to federalism


June 18, 2014 (JUBA) – As renewed demand for federalism is rapidly gaining momentum in South Sudan, state of Warrap has become the first to declare opposition to the system which the rebels led by the former vice president, Riek Machar, have tabled at the IGAD-sponsored peace talks.

Machar’s opposition group which is predominantly composed of fighters from the greater Upper Nile region have called for restructuring of the state on the basis of a federal system of governance, hinting an overhauling reforms in all public sectors.

Also all the three state governments of greater Equatoria region have thrown their full support to the call for federalism, but said their decisions were a coincidence and did not imply that they were directly supporting the demand by the rebels.

However, Warrap state minister of information, Paul Dhel Gum, has broken the silence and announced the state’s opposition to the federal system during a recent speech he delivered at the University of Bhar el Ghazal during the weekend.

Media outlets have quoted the official spokesperson of the state government, home of President Salva Kiir, as saying federalism would “disintegrate” the country, appealing for further dialogue on the matter.

“Let us open dialogue at all public places to determine what outcomes the federal system of governance would bring to us the people of this country,” he said.

While diplomatic gains by the rebels in the region seem to worry the government in its external struggle, Juba is equally worried that the idea of federalism may dismantle the “internal front.”

President Kiir while addressing the national parliament last week cautioned the lawmakers not to embrace the idea of federalism, alleging that the call for the system was used as a ploy by the rebel leader, Riek Machar, to split what he described as the internal front.

Unlike the current decentralization system in the country, federalism would devolve political, administrative and fiscal powers to the states as well as smaller units of governance, leaving the national government at the center to coordinate between the states, but centrally maintain firm control over the foreign affairs and military establishments.

South Sudanese rebels have decried abuse of power and misuse of resources by the center, coupled with the recent “disintegration of the ruling party, the organized forces and the society,” saying the situation required the restructuring of the state as a remedy “in order to harmoniously keep the diverse people of the Republic of South Sudan united, happy and prosperous.”

Analysts however say as federalism would expose the states to fairer competitions in development, poorer regions and states fear that this will be a disadvantage to them as richer states with human and material resources may develop faster, leaving them to lag behind.


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  • 19 June 2014 09:51, by Paul Chadrack

    to greedy bhar el gazels, it is too late for you to reject this coming good system of governance (federalism). 80% of south sudanese are for it. whether you like it or not it is coming. why is only the bhar el gazel the people opposing federal system of government?.

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    • 19 June 2014 10:04, by TUR-ANGON

      Weldone Warrap state, there will never be federation in South Sudan whether anybody likes it or not. It’s not about greed, it’s about national interest. those with this agenda are the greedy ones who wants to enrich their kins and likes. If there will ever be any day that this system will happen in South Sudan, then it will be based on tribal federalism, e.g. Nuer federal state, Equatoria F.S etc.

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      • 19 June 2014 10:26, by Malakal county Simon

        Two simple questions to Dinka people’s, in regards to popular demand of Federalism;

        first question; Why do Dinka’s fear federalism so much? is it because is not a dinka’s interests?

        Second question; Why only Dinka’s opposed popular demands of federalism system, is it because they were not the initiator of the popular idea?

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        • 19 June 2014 10:34, by Malakal county Simon

          The bottom-line is; you guys have to go with this idea, or you all be kick-out from be-love country of South Sudan for good this time. It’s your call, for your best interests.

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      • 19 June 2014 10:45, by Paul Chadrack

        what good advise that can come from this greedy people of bhar el gazel?,people who don’t respect public resources. their rejection for federation is well articulated for the protections of their loots. they now it very well that if federal is introduced, all access to corrupt will Ceased.why are bhar el gazels refusing their states?. days for centralizations will be a gone case soon.

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      • 19 June 2014 13:19, by J P Puok

        Parasites what is wrong with common senses? you wanted to used the same human resources, natural resources to subdued and killed the owners with? as in the case of Nimule and UPDF with oil money from Upper Nile and killing ingenuous of those regions?Days are numbered !

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        • 19 June 2014 19:49, by Ito

          For example, those who record university final grade onto students final record are Dinkas. Non Dinkas who get 90 percent will be reduce to 50 and dinkas who fail will be graded to 90 percent or A+. professors who belong to Dinka get double pay than their counterparts from other tribes. A captain from army or police get more pay than a general from other tribes. Ya Jamaa, is this a good system?

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      • 19 June 2014 15:33, by Ito

        It is not upto Dinka to decide the fate of others like what warrap state is saying. Why waste time on matters of overdue popular demand when you well know there is nothing you can do to stop the peoples’ will unless you have a way of finishing all other tribes in South Sudan a thing that will never happen. I am wondering why others would want to indulge themselves on matters supported by 90 percen

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        • 19 June 2014 15:38, by Ito

          t of the population. It is very clear that Dinka will lose alot if federal system is implemented as resources of all states are consumed by them and they are worried as that would be history under federal system. Fair is painful to Dinka but unfortunately it is a popular demand. Also why would other MPs from other tribes accept to be bribed by their own money. Ignorant produces stupidity period.

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          • 19 June 2014 18:29, by Rommel


            If it’s so ’clear’ that the Dinka will lose under the system of federalism, why don’t you enumerate and summarize the many ways in which the Dinka would supposedly be disadvantaged by federalism. Do you wish to maintain that the Dinka are [as a whole] becoming obscenely rich by ’consuming’ resources ostensibly belonging to others!? Let’s examine that argument, shall we.

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            • 19 June 2014 18:35, by Rommel

              Do you really want to talk of resources!? South Sudan is the most oil dependent country on earth! 98% of our budget is oil derived. Need I remind you that 85-90% of that oil is sourced from Dinka lands!? Our lands contribute more to the budget than the lands of the other sixty-four [64] tribes, combined.

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              • 19 June 2014 19:33, by Ito

                Rommel, I do not have to enumerate a thing to you. Dinkas are witness themselves. If truly you are not worried then why against popular demand? If you think your states are rich why against those who don’t want to touch your resources. The fact that you are against federal system is quite telling that whatever you claim is rubbish. The car is moving with no break till we reach there by any means.

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                • 19 June 2014 19:38, by Ito

                  It is common sense that no human being in his or her right mind can go against his or her will unless mentally unstable. Others have the right to be under federal system, if you want a different system in your states, it is upto you and others can implement federal system in their states. The ethnic Kingdom in Juba is crumbling starting from inside SPLM/A and let us see what will happen.

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                  • 19 June 2014 19:48, by Rommel


                    I really don’t know how to respond to such stubborn stupidity. How many times must I reaffirm to you [and others] that I would like nothing more than to have federalism in place in South Sudan!? Those who oppose federalism are either ignorant or authoritarian. I would very like to dismantle and separate Jonglei, Lakes State, Upper Nile State and Unity State.

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                    • 19 June 2014 19:54, by Rommel

                      Jonglei State is far too large and tribally variegated to be a viable State. It should be dismantled and separated into more homogenous States. The Murle have already demonstrated that they want their own State. The Jie and the Kachipo should be transferred to Eastern Equatoria State. The Anyuak should have their own State.

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                      • 19 June 2014 20:02, by Rommel

                        The Thiang and Lak Nuer of Fangak county should be elided with their kin in Unity State. Duk, Twic east and Mading Bor should have their own State. The Padang Dinka of Jonglei should form a State with the Abiliang Dinka of Upper Nile State. The Gawaar Nuer should form a State with the Lou Nuer. The Dinka counties of Unity State [Pariang and Abiemnom] should form their own State.

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                        • 19 June 2014 20:13, by Rommel

                          The Maban, Burun and Uduk should have one State to themselves. The Shilluk will definitely have their own State, as will the eastern Jikany. The Jurbel of Wulu county deserve their own State — away from the ignorance, violence, chaos and barbarism of Lakes State. We need around eighteen [18] States in South Sudan. Everybody should be allowed to manage their own affairs.

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                    • 19 June 2014 19:58, by Ito

                      Brother Rommel,
                      I call you brother because you have listen to the voice of truth and you are now in light. I thank you so much for accepting federalism as a best system of governance in South Sudan. Now if Dinkas begin to think like you and see others as brothers and sisters, this country will be the best in africa. Sometime God choose someone to tell his people the truth, that could be you.

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                      • 19 June 2014 20:03, by Ito

                        Even myself, I have friends from Dinka before and a couple of time in Kenya, they were attack and I my family sacrifice for them because we are south sudanese and we see them as family. My mother used to cater for all of us. My mother see them as children of her own until my brother have a disagreement with another Dinka who is not even related to my friends and I see my best friends side with

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                        • 19 June 2014 20:06, by Ito

                          that Dinka and they gang together against my brother. Do you see this? That is why my way of thinking changed about Dinka. In my tribe if you have a friend, you one touch him because I will die for my friend. Nuer friends sacrifice for me when I had problem with another Nuer. so I judge according to behavior because lies is punishable by God. Not to generalize but they would have to prove otherwis

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                          • 19 June 2014 20:28, by Rommel


                            I have always been an advocate for federalism... long before it became such a hot topic. *Some* Dinkas are arrogant, and genuinely believe that they should dominate others. I do not share their view. There are good and bad people in every group on earth, and so while I condemn the treacherous rascals for betraying their friend... one incident shouldn’t have such prominence.

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  • 19 June 2014 10:56, by peter Marial

    No, NO, No to federalism! whether you called it good or not, that system shall and will never be embraced in this country whether by majority or minority, No!

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    • 19 June 2014 11:59, by Malakal county Simon

      Suck on it mate! it’s too late and its majority against minority hahah......

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    • 19 June 2014 12:01, by DDooggaa

      peter Marial,
      Fuck you. you will be fucked up this time. why are you fearing federalism like that. It must be implemented otherwise you will see salva being fucked in your presence. We will fuck you this time Dinkas. No way federalism is the only way to deal with you Dinaks, So that you go back to your cattle camps once and for ever.

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  • 19 June 2014 11:11, by Dam Musa

    I do not agree with stereotyping comment made by Paul. I am from Bar El Ghazel and I support federalism, please let us avoid from now generalization and point the individual opinion, why because it is what had led to the massive deaths.

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    • 19 June 2014 12:43, by kuach yak

      That is true, Musa, those who do not want federalism are neither all Dinka nor all Bhar El Ghazel, they are a clique who want to prove to south Sudanese that they are the only legible people to rule and squander community resource to their own homeland. They said, "this will never happen, whether you like it or not" I don’t know what they mean. Can they force the whole country to accept it?

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  • 19 June 2014 11:59, by 4Justice

    There’s got to be a way for God’s people to extricate themselves from this wicked Government.

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  • 19 June 2014 13:14, by Jalaby

    Federalism means Dinka will govern themselves only but you know Dinka were born to rule and will never accept to be ruled!
    History will repeat itself, do you remember guys when I told you about the real reason behind Addis Ababa agreement collapse?
    Dinka are to be blamed for that, northern people have no interest in collapsing it and resuming the war again!

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    • 19 June 2014 13:56, by Padiet Deng Alony


      what about Jaali and Caigi are they born to rule in north sudan the other African and arab tribes in Sudan.Dinka will not stay seeing South Sudanese disintegrated in to trible line for the sake of dignity and soveriegnty of its people and the Republic of South Sudan. when Dinka and other tribes died during civil war with arab,they died for the whole of South Sudan as a country period

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      • 19 June 2014 14:21, by Jalaby

        Padiet Deng Alony,
        Dinka died for the whole of South Sudan as a country? you’re liar because the south was never ever a country before throughout Africa history and the concept of one nation was never exist in the south!
        Every tribe fought for its existence and survival but never for the whole south!
        Dinka fought to rule all the tribes!!

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    • 19 June 2014 16:33, by Rommel


      The more you post, the more you convince the rest of us that you are probably *on something*. You are guilty of investing in fantasy over fact, when it strokes your embittered and childish bias. There’s not a single credible historian that argues that the Dinka re-ignited the war.

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      • 19 June 2014 16:39, by Rommel

        Facts are important. Here are the facts: Nimeiry Imposed Sharia, changed the constitution, contravening the Southern Regional Self-Government Act and the Addis Ababa agreement, cancelled the agreed upon Referendums on Abyei and Chali, and attempted to redraw the border by annexing fertile and mineral rich Southern territories to the North.

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        • 19 June 2014 16:41, by Rommel

          The actions which caused the most widespread discontent before 1983 — and which ultimately contributed to the outbreak of war were: Continued political interference by Khartoum in the internal politics of the Southern region; the inability of the Southern Regional Government to exert any real control over local economic development plans...

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          • 19 June 2014 16:43, by Rommel

            .. The gradual weeding out of ex-Anyanya officers from the ranks of the national army and the attempted transfer of southern army units out of the region; the failure to implement the referendums on the border regions (as stipulated in the Agreement. The Kasha policy -begun in 1981- which aimed at expelling large numbers of southern and Darfurian migrants from Khartoum was also a factor.

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            • 19 June 2014 16:57, by Rommel

              Historians have written quite extensively on the fact that Khartoum was responsible for the resumption of the war. Didn’t you recently state that you [the Arabs of Sudan] are the "real citizens of Sudan"!? You are in no position to condemn others for the vice that is chauvinism.

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              • 19 June 2014 17:27, by Rommel

                Your chauvinism resulted in the deaths of a quarter to half a million people when your jihadist ’government’ so saliently took the sides of Arab tribes when the latter encroached upon and subsequently occupied Jebel Marra massif. Bashir recently said this: "We are an Arab, Muslim nation. Anyone who doesn’t like it can go."

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                • 19 June 2014 17:55, by Rommel

                  You didn’t condemn Bashir for that incredibly provocative statement, did you now? As far as I know, that idiot -Salva Kiir- hasn’t declared [with his tongue-] that South Sudan is a Dinka nation. Pray tell, does Sudan operate under the system of federalism!? Of course you don’t, and yet you want to posture and pontificate.

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            • 19 June 2014 17:15, by Joseph Canada

              You thick head, Jalaba kid is very right! Dinka fought so that their greed prayers could be answered in which it did from 2005-2013/14 tribal killing. It’s the "born to Rule" mentality that drive your tribe loco loco! But weather you like it or not, the federalism is coming and this time you are not going to stage the lying coup on the rest of the tribes. You are a gone case. Form the Party

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              • 19 June 2014 17:36, by Rommel

                Joseph Canada:

                Do you realise just how incredibly childish you look lashing out at people like an ire infant? You seem to think that the Dinka tribe is a monolith. We are not. I don’t oppose federalism. I support it. The Dinka have nothing to lose from federalism. Federalism would benefit us infinitely far more so than any other tribal group.

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