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Church leader, women’s groups back federalism in South Sudan

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June 30, 2014 (KAMPALA) – Church leaders and women’s group in South Sudan’s Unity state have voiced their support for a federal system of government amid growing calls for its implementation.

Abraham Tuach Kiir, a bishop from Evangelical covenant church of South Sudan in Upper Nile state, said the church was backing the introduction of federalism in the country.

Kiir said a federal system was the best hope of ending conflict in the country, which erupted in mid-December last year after escalating political tensions within the ruling SPLM turned violent.

“It (federalism) would minimise some of the problems in South Sudan because it is [a] good system,” he said.

“We are playing a role as a church to advocate support of federal system,” added Kiir.

Regina Tap Dalang, from Unity state’s Leer county, said federalism was the only option that would guarantee women greater participation in the country’s affairs.

“We look at the federal system [to] pave a way for our children for a better future of education and employments opportunities,” she said.

Samuel Gai Kuiynin, a resident from Unity state, says a federal system in South Sudan would help create more job opportunities.

He said currently many young graduates were unable to find jobs and past their times simply “loitering around under trees”.

“The government always blame the youths [for problems], but they don’t have the jobs,” he said.

“I do support the [introduction of a] federal government; that would be [an] opportunity for us, we [the] youths of South Sudan,” he added.

Meanwhile, a Unity state MP who spoke on condition of anonymity said the formation of a federal system would likely reduce crime through stronger laws and amendments to current legislation.

“[A] federal system will address the gap between the communities who are making crises among themselves,” the lawmaker said.

She also believes federalism will also help address geographical tensions among South Sudanese people.

“Some communities in South Sudan live in disputes due [to] undemarcated borders between [the] states,” she said.

The MP dismissed claims by some communities that formation of a federal system of governance would deny others access and benefits from natural resources and development.

As calls grow across Sudan for a federal system of governance, the government has cautioned against ongoing debate on the matter, saying restoring peace and social harmony should be the country’s first priority.

Presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny told Sudan Tribune last Tuesday that the question of governance should be determined by citizens in a referendum once stability had been restored.

South Sudan’s rebel faction is also demanding the introduction of a federal system, saying it would help ensure equitable resource distribution among all states and curb violence and corruption in the country.

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  • 1 July 2014 15:22, by Modi Lo Laja

    God bless you for backing up Federal System in the state of South Sudan.

    As you stated, it will reduce the criminality in South Sudan. Bravo, bravo, .....bravo this backing.

    Let those greediers die up for not in the system. Those rejecting this system bloodily like and looters of all South Sudan’s Resources without Southerners benefiting it.

    Long Federal System, Unity State, Jonglei & .........

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    • 1 July 2014 15:43, by Alfredo christiani

      Fools, we will not give you a chance for federlism unless you fight for more then 30 years like they way SPLA fought for in dependance of South Sudan, no comprmise this time, if you guys managed to come to the power by force, then we will immediatkey go back to the bush to fight your government, bush doesnt belong to anybody. Mark my words

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    • 1 July 2014 22:24, by Ito

      None of the commentators here know what federalism mean except for Mr. Modi. As the Bible says, many will perish because of lack of knowledge. Dr. Riek has chosen the right path. That is to fight and then educate some those who did not understand later. Alot of people with government are fighting against the hand that wants to create bright future for them and their children.

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  • 1 July 2014 17:43, by Hardlinner

    I’m dinka and support federalism. But all states must be restructured in tribal bases. All dinkas in unity state and upper nile must have their own state or join other dinkas states. Our oil (accounting for 80% of south sudan oil) must only go to dinka states. That is done deal.

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  • 1 July 2014 19:25, by Mapuor

    Those who want federal system are confused.Lets just fragment greater Upper Nile and greater Equatoria into ethnic based federal system.The current ten states are not ethnically homogenous and will never address the issue of ethnicity.Murlei style will apply all over the country.Hahaha Nuers will never form viable federal region take it fro me,they always rely on Dinkas as their glue.

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    • 1 July 2014 19:31, by Mapuor

      When Kiir refused to remove former governor of unity state,Nuer rebelled and SPLA was used to supress those rebellions.Who will fight state based rebellions when they occur?.Yau Yau,George Athor etc were state base rebels and SPLA was used to fight them.Frankly speaking,those who demand federal system will be the first to condemn it,they are only power hungry thugs.

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  • 1 July 2014 22:08, by Madina Tonj

    People leave the really issue and the jumped up to other thing which was not the reasonable. I don’t think Federalism or Centralism system is the answer for how Riek Machar Teny is creating rebellion every time. Southern Sudanese churches should have taught politicians who are always desperately for leadership on how to be patience. Yes, I will support central government system not demand by rebel

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  • 1 July 2014 22:22, by Madina Tonj

    Let me aware you people, if you thinks Riek Machar Teny will be become a leader in South Sudan then, you are absolutely wrong because he has done the most trouble things in South Sudan and he has to face ICC or jail times. We can not fight for one position of one politician every single time so you Nuer people must have to put in your minds. We have to do what a nation can do but not for rebellion

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