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Wau residents welcome proposed relocation of national capital

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July 23, 2014 (WAU) – Thousands of Wau town residents marched through the streets of the Western Bahr el Ghazal capital on Wednesday in support of a proposal for South Sudan’s national capital to be relocated from Juba to Wau.

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Residents of South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal march through the streets of the state capital on 23 July 2014 in support of a proposal to relocate the national capital from Juba to Wau (ST)

Residents began assembling about 8am (local time) opposite the secretariat office of South Sudan’s ruling SPLM ruling before marching though the town and ending at the council of ministries.

The proposal was first flagged by state governor Rizik Zackaria Hassan while addressing tens of thousands of citizens who had gathered to hear president Salva Kiir speak at Wau’s speech at Wau’s main stadium on 16 July.

Deputy governor Zackaria Joseph Garang said the state government stood with residents.

“Your peacefulness, respect and the state security has added a heavy weight to your call that could qualify your state to be a capital city for South Sudan,” he said.

Garang further assured residents that governor Hassan, who is currently on a visit to Juba, would convey their calls to the president, adding the state government has already formed a committee to examine the viability of the proposed capital transfer.

The calls were also welcomed by SPLM party state deputy chairperson Anthony Waderif, who said Wau was a preferable national capital as it did not border neighbouring countries as is the case with Juba.

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Wau residents gather outside the council of ministries after marching through the streets on 23 July 2014 in support of a proposal to transfer the national capital from Juba to Wau (ST)

Meanwhile, the chairperson of the Western Bahr el Ghazal women’s association, Mary Emilo Bafuka, said Juba would continue to be a leading commercial town regardless of whether it remained the national capital.

SPLM state youth league chairperson Dhayia Abdarahaman said transferring the national capital to Wau would bring dynamic social and economic reforms, particularly for youth.

It’s not the first time Wau town has been proposed as the new national capital.

It was also flagged in 1956 and again in 2005 during negotiations for the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which ended more than two decades of civil war with the north and paving the way for the South’s secession in 2011.

“We, the citizens of Western Bahr el Ghazal state, have now decided the right time has come” to transfer the national capital to Wau,” said a statement on behalf of state civil society representatives.

(ST)

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  • 24 July 12:54, by wang

    it will never happened to be relocated it to Wau….we are going to stop our oil soon and everything will collapse as it was started from that stupid hospital was just shut down after 5days its opened from Lake State….

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    • 24 July 14:45, by Chanson

      @ Wang and the like,you people have been talking about the oil here and there...My friend let me ask you how many countries in Africa living without natural resources and they are living?And by the way Nuer doesn’t have oil.The oil belong to Dong Jol (Dinka Ngok) period!!

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      • 24 July 20:10, by Mi diit

        How far will Wau be from Kapoeta, Pochalla, Nimule, Renk, etc? Kiir simply tries to run away from Juba knowing it will be captured by the rebels. He discussed it with with governor in Wau last week. But is Wau safer? Gen Aturjong will attack it soon too. Poor Kiir, you can run but you cannot hide. Going farthest west is not the solution.

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      • 24 July 20:28, by Epuol

        In Bentiu also belong to Ngok????????????????????

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  • 24 July 13:11, by Simpleman

    Oh GOD!! we wish these drama comes true such that we can drag the Jengs out of Juba.
    Pliz if you need any assistant for the transfer, don’t hesitate to contact us-Equatorians will be of much help.

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  • 24 July 13:55, by Mr Point

    Kiir opened a hospital in this town, Wau, and it closed within days.

    That is the curse of Kiir - everything he touches turns to dust.

    Maybe Kiir should be encouraged to transfer the presidency to Wau, so that it too will end quickly.

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  • 25 July 06:14, by tootke’bai-ngo

    KIIR COULDN’T FIND ANYTHING ELSE TO PROMISE PEOPLE OF WESTERN B.G AFTER REALIZING THAT HIS GOVERNMENT WILL NOT ABLE TO KEEP THE DONATED HOSPITAL CANADIANS GOVERNM’T RUNNING. PEOPLE OF S.SUDAN SHOULD NOT ALLOW KIIR TO PLAY WITH THEIR EMOTIONS & TIME MARCHING FOR HIM. THERE IS NO WAY WAU WILL BE THE CAPITAL. KIIR STOP DIVERTING ATTENTION, END WAR AGAINST OUR PEOPLE NOW, START DELIVERY OF SERVICES.

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  • 25 July 06:32, by Joseph Canada

    Please Kiir, it has been awhile since you used a presidential decree.. Please put the Presidential decree forward to move the Capital to WAU!!! WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE YOU AND YOUR CLAN OUT OF EQUATORIA SO THAT WE CAN START OUR OWN LIVES AND BUILD THE TOWNS WITHOUT THEFT AND INSECURITY!! PLEASE KIIR DECREE PLEASE!! PRESIDENTIAL DECREE!!

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  • 25 July 09:00, by Black Africa

    We THE PEOPLE of GREAT EQUATORAINS, We want the national capital to be relocate to Wau right now.

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    • 26 July 15:47, by Padiet Deng Alony

      black Africa

      relocation of capital does not concern all greater equatoria, is only the issue of central equatoria to backup the proposal from day one. CES should come up boldly and accept that the capital will be relocated from juba to wau as soon as possible so that their so called slogan land grabbing will end up soon. the Greater barelgazale and Greater Upper nile citizens are tied of Ces

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