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Yau Yau peace deal won’t divide Jonglei state, says governor

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July (BOR) – South Sudan’s peace deal with former rebel leader David Yau Yau will not lead to geographical or political division in Jonglei state.

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Residents of South Sudan’s Jonglei state celebrate the country’s third anniversary since gaining independence from the north in the capital, Bor, on 9 July 2014 (ST)

Caretaker governor John Kong Nyuon made the comments in a public address on 9 July in the capital, Bor, to mark the country’s third anniversary since independence from the north.

The deal, which was reached following negotiations between Yau Yau and the government delegations in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in May, grants Greater Pibor, encompassing Pibor and Pochalla counties, a separate administrative area under the chief administrator whose powers would be equivalent to the state governor.

The agreement had sparked uncertainty among Jonglei residents, including government officials, about whether Greater Pibor would cease being part of the state administration once the deal comes effect.

However, Kong sought to allay concerns Jonglei would be divided into two separate states, saying the state administration and system of governance would not be affected by the peace accord.

“[The] Yau Yau peace deal with the government is almost complete. The national council of states has passed the accord and [it] is now before the president to sign it into law,” said Kong.

Members of the Murle and Anuak tribes in Pibor and Pochalla counties would also retain their current position in the state administration, which some claimed was unfair.

“Now we have [the] deputy governor, the minister of information and communication, the minister of finance and the minister of gender, child and social welfare are all from Greater Pibor. We have a list of directors, chairpersons of some committees and other people … They shoud resign from this and join their administrative area,” said one former lawmaker in Boor, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

However, another lawmaker said he would accept the terms of the agreement: “If it will solve raiding, child abduction and other crimes that [are happening] in the state, so is it,” he said.

According to the text of the agreement seen by Sudan Tribune, a chief administrator will be responsible for administering the Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA).

The chief administrator will be nominated by Yau Yau’s South Sudan Democratic Movement (SSDM)-Cobra faction and is answerable to the president who can appoint and remove the nominee.

The chief administrator will be responsible for appointing county commissioners to the newly established counties.

(ST)

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  • 13 July 06:20, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    As soon as they are given their state or whatever, no murle will be allow to reside in BOr or still work for state’s government. Jodi and Madan must leave our town immediately. we don’t want anything to do with Pibor’s people. they are useless parasites.

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    • 13 July 08:02, by ngadodo

      Lotodo Awino odug, your right beacause we don’t need any Murle to be Resident in Bor and we don’t want BOR to be resident in pibor as well.

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    • 13 July 16:13, by Paac

      Hey Mr. Adug, first able I want to say this to you, we are in one country, we are all the citizens of south sudan and u can not prohibit any person to live in any other town like Bor u had metion. If the GPAA becoming a country( yes )that would have a very different situation. Please rethink your stupid idea, I can live where ever I want as long I am the citizen of the Republic of south sudan.

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      • 14 July 06:01, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Hi, Paac don’t worry bro, no body will chase you away from Bortown if like to live and work in there especially in private sectors jobs. we only abhor thieves, criminals and murderers to disturb us in our peaceful town.

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        • 15 July 04:43, by Paac

          Hi Mr.Odug I am not worry of anything what I want to tell u is this, Bor is the Capitol city of Jonglei State and people all over the counties are lived there, but now the GPAA will be decedent from Jonglei to have their own govern and development. I haven’t visited Bor I don’t know what it look like either a city with skycripper or not. So I am proud to my county (pochalla) and I am proud more to

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  • 13 July 06:30, by Madina Tonj

    Mr.Governor John Kong Nyuon. you guys should make that Administrative as Official State instead of saying the Administrative will be equivalent to governor. Also we will do same thing in Warrap State because we have seen most of things are done in allude way by those closer to president Kiir Mayardit. Although we will not support Riek Machar but we will support different leader in another election

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  • 13 July 06:31, by Madina Tonj

    Mr.Governor John Kong Nyuon. you guys should make that Administrative as Official State instead of saying the Administrative will be equivalent to governor. Also we will do same thing in Warrap State because we have seen most of things are done in allude way by those closer to president Kiir Mayardit. Although we will not support Riek Machar but we will support different leader in another election

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    • 13 July 08:31, by ngadodo

      MR.Gver John Kong Nyoun, should GPAA leadership taking his comments serivously bcse may be he have something beyondblue or could be got masterminds something which let GPAA not successfully. thirdly GPAA also better to views delayment of Mr.Prdt Slava Kiir closely may be their is something Connected with Governor Comment.wht i trying to says is something going on here,GPAA should look.

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  • 13 July 06:33, by Positive Thinker

    I think John Kong Nyuon the governor has not read or if he read has not understood the text of the document of David Yau Yau Agreement. Mr. Governor! another governor is on the making whose powers will be equal to you and not report to you. And will be in charge of five counties, just like Aweil, Central Equatoria and Western Bhar el Gazal. So stop fooling people if not yourself.

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  • 13 July 06:57, by ngadodo

    Jonglei Governor, his have reducial ideas which their alway want to put people of GPAA, backfeet, so nothing called Jonglei State it’s not going divide.
    if they’re dreams of GPAA will not going to be state, well let them take away from their minds that we already divided Jonglei and don’t thinking more about GPAA, bcse you need to mine your business in Jonglei.

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