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Jonglei youth reject federal system of governance


July 1, 14 (BOR) – Youth from South Sudan’s Jonglei state have strongly rejected the introduction of a federal system of governance proposed by the country’s rebel faction under the leadership of Riek Machar.

The youth said it was not the right time to introduce federalism in South Sudan as the “level of development is still low in all the states”.

The group said the system would therefore negatively impact on states that do not have natural resources and are dependent on crude oil.

“As South Sudanese, the state we are in now and the crisis we are in, we cannot think of federalism because we are faced by tribal issues,” Ayar Monyawch, chairperson of the Jonglei State Youth Union, said on Tuesday in the capital, Bor.

Youth say stability and national harmony must be restored before considering any major changes to the country’s political system.

South Sudan has been mired in conflict since mid-December last year after a split emerged in the ruling SPLM, sparking violence around the country.

Bor was particularly hard-hit, with thousands of civilians fleeing and much of its infrastructure destroyed in the ensuing violence.

Union member Jacob Achiek Piok, who also works in the state ministry of local government, said the government needs to assess both the good and the bad sides of the new system before it is imposed.

“We need our government to be more capable than [it is now] to prepare for federalism. We need to take time, for us as South Sudanese, to analyse what is good about federalism and what is bad about it,” said Piok.

A senior state government official said South Sudan’s weak institutions need to be reviewed and restructured before taking any steps toward a federal system.

The introduction of a federal system was put forward by the rebel leadership during ongoing peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. President Salva Kiir has rejected the proposal, saying restoring peace must be prioritised first.

However, there has been a growing wave of public support for federalism, including in the Greater Equatoria region. Some women’s groups and church leaders have also come out in support for the proposal.

While the governors of the Eastern, Central and Western Equatoria states have not publicly expressed their support were allegedly said to have expressed their support for the proposal, rumours have surfaced that the president was planning to arrest the three leaders.

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 promote unity and diversity.

In an interview with Sudan Tribune earlier this week, Machar cited the success of Switzerland, which is governed by a federal system and home to four distinct nationalities.

“We are a diverse nation. There are nationalities, ethnic groups; there are people of different cultures. So what will bring us together is a system of governance that accommodates our diversity and that is the federal system of governance,” said Machar.

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


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  • 3 July 06:23, by wang

    Who are those homeless that called themselves Jonglei State youth? How you guys can reject federal systems while you are not lives in S. Sudan, all I know, all Dinka youth in Jonglei lives in refugee camps, so shut up and leave the real people processing the new system…

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    • 3 July 09:10, by J P Puok

      these are the same youth that killed our people in the un compound in Bor they will never run away from justice come dust come rain shame on them. the issue of federalism is a gone case tell them

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    • 3 July 11:29, by Liberator

      You guys, riek loyalists are known for being traitors. we will never give u a chance. u used to talk of 60% of traitors in the army, i wonder y u guys ran n left juba to 40%. liars, u will never learn. and to those beating the drum of federalism, we not a part of it. u may try ur best for curiousity kills the cat. we will fight back and we r capable of fighting for more than 20 yrs like we did b4

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      • 3 July 13:40, by Ahmed Chol

        Dear all,

        I am writing this in Bor. I am close to the youth leadership. There is no youth that wrote this message. This is just an order from Juba to publish something that talks against federalism. They think government will have credibility if youth from here backs them. We don’t know the benefit of the current system, so we can’t defend it. Take the debate to Bhar el Ghazal.

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      • 3 July 18:22, by Ito

        Please don’t use the word youth because this article is publish by a government official in Juba and posted as if it is done by youth just to score political goal. But effect on ground is a litmus test to this. govenment have no legs on the areas that they claim support them. You will end soon. It is crumbling and rebellion is burning like wild fire.

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    • 4 July 21:21, by Peacocktail


      Federalism can not fit in this country because many are stupid and do not differentiate between liars and trusth tellers.
      bravo to Jonglei Youth, we can not champion imported federalism, this is South Sudan and Ethiopia nor Ireland. We are okay with Democratic governance NOT for FEDERALISM, Sick people are championing it to confuse citizen to kills themselves.

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    • 4 July 21:27, by Peacocktail


      Federalism can not fit in this country because many are stupid and do not differentiate between liars and trusth tellers.
      bravo to Jonglei Youth, we can not champion imported federalism, this is South Sudan and Ethiopia nor Ireland. We are okay with Democratic governance NOT for FEDERALISM, Sick people are championing it to confuse citizen to kills themselves.

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  • 3 July 09:32, by Emporio

    I know is very hard for an ex - oilfield guard to switch loyalty to new master you guys for how long you going to blame dinka get over it jonglei state is not only dinka is full of nyaggats too, can you deny wang

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    • 3 July 10:44, by Malakal county Simon

      It’s obvious that’s this is not a collective voice of Jonglei Youth, but few individuals who have been bribe to confused the Jonglie Youth as whole!!!!

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  • 3 July 13:37, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Who destroyed the social fabric of South Sudan? Can you deny openly that it was not your community that did so? Please let the people go their way. You do not own them. You do not have the power to impose your type of leadership onto them. Mark me you will reap what you sowed. Call yourself youth of Jonglei and end with it in Jonglei. Otherwise South Sudan might end to live.

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  • 3 July 15:19, by Kim Deng


    Your first King Mr. Marxist-Leninist Garang refused self-determination for the people of South until he was forced and made a U-turn in 1991 split. Again, your second coward King Mr. Slava and his disciples must also be forced to accept federalism system in this Jungle (South Sudan).

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  • 3 July 16:54, by Bolong

    Yes Kim Deng, the federal system will include the Nuba mountain, Blue Nile, Darfur, Eastern Sudan, and the Arabs states in the North and Central of Sudan without Machar and the entire Sudan will have a lasting peace. Is it sound good?

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