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Bakosoro denies rumours about arrest of Equatoria governors

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June 30, 2014 (JUBA) – The governor of Western Equatoria state, Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro, has denied reports that South Sudanese president Salva Kiir was allegedly planning to arrest him alongside his Central and Eastern Equatoria state counterparts over their support for federalism.

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Western Equatoria governor Joseph Bangansi Bakosoro (Photo: Larco Lomayat)

Bakosoro, Central Equatoria’s Clement Wani Konga and Eastern Equatoria’s Louis Lobong Lojore were recently criticised by the South Sudanese leader for supporting calls for the establishment of a federal system of governance in the young nation.

Security service members have recently advised the media in Juba to avoid reporting on the ongoing debate on federalism, as Kiir accused the three governors of failing in a trap set up by the rebels to draw the support of Equatorians to their own agenda.

Bakosoro also eluded to widespread speculations by some individuals that president Kiir allegedly intends to arrest the three governors from the greater Equatoria regions after they called for federalism during a conference held two months in the South Sudanese capital.

“These rumours are not unfounded and intended to tarnish the image of the president and the country’s image alike, and should be stopped immediately,” he told reporters at Juba airport Monday.

The Western Equatoria governor said his life was not in danger and nor was he being threatened in any way.

“If there is any person who threatens me, he should kill me instead of distorting the image of the president and the image of the whole country,” Bakosoro said.

Different news portals and social media forums published reports claiming that the Konga was recently intercepted by members of the presidential guards who attempted to question him, triggering tensions between them and the governor’s bodyguards.

Unconfirmed reports claimed the Central Equatoria governor was on his way to meet the South Sudanese leader when his vehicle and security escorts were allegedly stopped by presidential security.

Bakosoro refuted reports that his Central Equatoria counterpart left the country for fear of his life after the incident.

He urged the leadership to positively address the problems facing the country, acknowledge the existence of the ongoing crisis and embark on efforts essential for resolving the skirmishes.

“The issue of federalism must be discussed, it is a demand that people can accept or reject,” said Bakosoro.

He further reiterated his support for the federal system, saying “it gives people the freedom to govern themselves”.

During the 2010 elections, Bakosoro was the only governor elected as an independent candidate without the support of the ruling SPLM. However, he went on o join the party following his election.

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  • 1 July 06:33, by Gangura

    Please Bakosoro u mast say the truths here, why are you hending the fact? u mean Kirr and his people are not planing to finish u people? my friend remember we citizens of this Country south sudan as hope in you that, you can be the next president not this idiot Kirr otherwise we are aware of the plan of Kirr. last time him Kirr critisized u Equatorian governors for standing for Federalism.

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    • 1 July 06:55, by eye-of-an-eye

      For sure there was a plan, but Kiir close people advised him not to put his head in the hot soup(Equatorian)that will be a history for idiot Dinka group who would try that, we are very alerted in the whole Juba and other towns within greater Equatoria n elswhr,we r very ready to dirtify this game,Let him temper the burning fire to arest/hurt of our governors.

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    • 1 July 15:08, by Lango2010

      poor propaganda if nuer want to forge an alliance with the Equatorian because of federalism. a war of words is not the some thing to worry but what i know is that the governors can not be arrested. federalism is not a benefit of equatorian alone but the whole nation.
      stop baseless propagandas you wizard of peace.

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  • 1 July 06:37, by Akol Liai Mager

    Bakosoro is a great person, he has erected a solid infrastructure foundation and law in his State (Western Equatoria). He has also appropriately addressed the rumours generated by the intensity of hatred toward President Kiir Mayardit. Those who want to depose the president must carefully select their tactics otherwise, the already victimised civilians of SS will further suffer unnecessarily.

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  • 1 July 06:40, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Bakosoro, is right because government has no dream to mistreate any citizen or political figure in the country.
    Government also has no imagination to win the war through mass arrest or assassination to any destabilizers in the country.
    Government will win war through peaceful mean.

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    • 1 July 07:05, by Akook

      Kiir government is already weaken, news of assassination in any government worldwide are not openly accepted unless its an open confrontation. I expect Gov Konga that day should have quickly come out and address the lingering issue but his quietness for so long over the rumour cast more doubts!

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      • 1 July 07:12, by Akook

        Its clear there is no harmony and loyalty in the line of government. Look at how Gov Bakasoro insisted that Federalism must be discussed even when his boss had banned such discussions not too long ago! Its time for Kiir to heed to Bhar el Ghazal elders and peacefully relinquish power

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    • 1 July 07:13, by eye-of-an-eye

      Last two days Dinkas were busy in meetings, knowing that Kiir will put them in hell, ofcourse Kiir started some weeks ago on the plan to get rid of the head of committees who stand hard for federalism in the parliment, the went to Uganda seeking for advise on how to elaminate the three roaring Lion of greater Equatoria, but he came to realised that will be his last day in Juba. We are for federals

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      • 1 July 07:42, by Chol A.

        @eye an eye let me assure you that do not inflame the fire you would not able to extinguish. If you guys want to enforce so federalism by force than Equatorian will be like Nuer whose wanted to force themselves into power! Please federalism do not go with hatred and selfishness among citizen it works with people that value their life and love within! But not nation which full of ethinic tension

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        • 1 July 08:02, by eye-of-an-eye

          @Chol A. Nuers were not fighting to take power from Kiir, they were defending themselves, Kiir planed to arest Dr.Riak and other strong oponents n kill them by fabricated coup n he was tell the world that they were killed during cross fire, that was he plan but he knw that his guards majority were Nuers n Dinka Bor where Nuers realised what was planed after they disarmed n not Dinka, shame on u

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        • 1 July 08:25, by eye-of-an-eye

          @Chol A. you guys do talks of braveness, only Nuers youth make you beged Uganda to safe you, if it were not Ugandan gunships in Bor, Nuers youth were coming to run over Kiir and you idiot here in Juba this is sincerity, the world was very sad on how you guys mascres Nuers children, woman n unamred civillians in Juba. I beleive u can not atempt Equatorian, we will triple the game. wll b bad history

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          • 1 July 10:05, by Chol A.

            Good assumption but try your doom illusion, Dinka have no other Dinka friends in any neighbouring country then Nuer and some Equatorian do my dear and that’s why we Dinkas fight you intrustors to the end as we hope no where! If you think you going to triple us then try on but you will feel the heat than usual from Dinkas fighter though.

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  • 1 July 07:27, by eye-of-an-eye

    Look at foolish creature like this Akook, Federal governce system was chose of South Sudanese since long time ago n is the only system to restore this country from this ugly situation, what do u fear from this system? even educated Dinka thinks like a cow of one language(mooow!!!)we the youth of greater Equatoria diehard for federalism n we wll never surender,get me,u can go to hell/hang urslf

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  • 1 July 07:46, by eye-of-an-eye

    HE. Greater Equatoria governors (Bakasoro/Lobong/Konga) you should be carefull, you should keep yourslves well secured in every little day/night, u remember when they poison Matip in hospital in Nairobi and assasinated George Ator in Hotel Kampala, ur life is import nwe Equatorian are always standing firm behind you, federal is our, your right ne retreet no surender we go for it once n for all.

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    • 1 July 07:54, by J P Puok

      good diplomacy Mr governor! not all crisis could be exposed to lay people as the case to makuei Lueth. Every SS knows what goes around in our country and in particular the recent development in greater equatorial region but informing the uninformed citizens so that they don’t fall the fate of Nuer of last December. the same curfew that killed Nuer was in juba too

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  • 1 July 08:19, by Akot Deng

    the three section of Equatorians wanted federalism not regime change so i think its not logic for the prsident to arrest those who have express thier views the only thing Equatorain can do is to minimise the demand for the sake of peace, we all know it was their demand before 15-Dec but it has entered the virus now they better hold on.

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  • 1 July 09:20, by Fact Nonsense

    There’s no way Salva Kiir would want to arrest or assassinate any governor from equatoria because he’s aware of political polarization in the country currently. And being somebody who doesn’t like killing or order somebody to kill, he’s ready and determined to relinquish power if peace is given a chance sooner or later.

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