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Council of states holds discussions over creation of 10 counties in Juba

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August 20, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s national council of states held a sitting in the capital, Juba, on Wednesday to discuss a proposal for the creation of 10 counties in the Greater Juba region.

The sitting follows a directive in June by president Salva Kiir to create more counties in South Sudan, and is also based on a recommendation last month by Central Equatoria governor Clement Wani Konga for further deliberation on the issue.

Officials in Central Equatoria state, to which Juba belongs, have welcomed plans to subdivide the state into more counties, while insisting that additional measures be taken to further decentralise power, including the adoption of a federal system of governance throughout South Sudan.

The sitting was chaired by the speaker of the council, Joseph Bol Chan, and was also attended by the Central Equatoria state minister for local government. Chan referred the draft proposal for a second reading next month.

Juba county commissioner Stephen Wani Michael told reporters that the creation of new counties would not affect the existing county, but rather will help address ongoing problems.

The proposed new counties are listed below:

Eastern county – consisting of Liyria and Lokiriri payams (districts) with Lokiriri as headquarters after a temporary headquarters in Nyuler.
Lobonok county – consisting of Lobonok and Gazi payams with the headquarters in Lobonok.
Tuli county – consisting of Wonduruba, which will also act as the headquarters.
Juba county – consisting of Bungu and Rejaf payams with the headquarters in Rejaf.
Mangalla county – consisting of Kondogoro and Mangalla payams with the headquarters in Mangalla.
Gemeiza county – consisting of Gemeiza and Mangalla payams with the headquarters in Korsomba.
Gwor county – consisting of Reggo and Rijong payams with the headquarters in Bura.
Tali county – consisting of Tali and Tindilo payams with the headquarters in Tali.
Kwini county – consisting of Rokon, Dollo and Tijor payams with the headquarters Rokon.
Nyarkenyi county – consisting of Northern Bari payam with the headquarters in Nyulubur

(ST)

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  • 21 August 2014 06:41, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    You must have 45.000 to 60.000 people to qualify to be call a county

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    • 21 August 2014 07:07, by Malakal county Simon

      Our next president Dr Machar ideas are always popular so proud of him and I hope God will increase his days!!

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      • 21 August 2014 07:18, by Chol A.

        Good luck with your next president and if your dr hopeless lead us that will be the day you see me working with Ngundeng.

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      • 21 August 2014 08:31, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        I want almighty God to give him five days only.

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  • 21 August 2014 08:45, by Madina Tonj

    Chol, you are absolutely telling the trust and I agree completely. I don’t think Riek Machar will become a president in South Sudan and that will not surprises some of his supporters, because the majority citizens in South Sudan are not merely sadden for their Sons lost in action but also they have lost confidence on him. Dinkas will vote for another educated Nuer man but not Riek Machar Teny.

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  • 21 August 2014 08:55, by Madina Tonj

    TO: GOSS and his SPLM Party, I think the creation of more counties and more States have been reported to president office since he become a president but he turned down application, because he said, there is no budgets but later we hear million were steal. I think the creation of more counties and more States must be and should be uniforms to all a cross South Sudan nation and not one State.

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  • 21 August 2014 08:56, by Madina Tonj

    TO: GOSS and his SPLM Party, I think the creation of more counties and more States have been reported to president office since he become a president but he turned down application, because he said, there is no budgets but later we hear million were steal. I think the creation of more counties and more States must be and should be uniforms to all a cross South Sudan nation and not one State.

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  • 21 August 2014 08:57, by Madina Tonj

    TO: GOSS and his SPLM Party, I think the creation of more counties and more States have been reported to president office since he become a president but he turned down application, because he said, there is no budgets but later we hear million were steal. I think the creation of more counties and more States must be and should be uniforms to all a cross South Sudan nation and not one State.

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  • 21 August 2014 09:00, by Martin

    You guys didn’t pay attention to an article. There is no Riek issues. Let me tell you Riek is not a thinker, he never proposed anything rather than hijacking other people’s thoughts. for this article it is unnecessary to create many counties without a budget for them. Based on local Government Act, counties are created according to population, and not necessarily creating counties in the forests.

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  • 21 August 2014 09:08, by Martin

    Creating more counties! Have we developed the existing States and counties? These are all rubbish and strategies to loot public funds. There are no good health facility centers, no good schools, no roads connecting these ghetto towns to villages. what a snick?

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  • 21 August 2014 10:14, by Rev. Saturnino

    Yes, I strongly support the creation of more Counties in the greater Juba. Concerning resources, I think Greater Juba is being widely known of so many potentials. The Central Equatoria State in general is richly blessed with a number of resources beside land and etc. Juba has tremendously gain popularity in terms of investors and revenue collection at the borders. Our states must grow up.

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    • 21 August 2014 14:40, by Mayom County Boy

      yes i support the decision that was made by council to create more counties in Juba , find let us make more room to accommodate our membership with in our goverment , it is time fopr us to get every thing before people of Riek Machar are still out side for nothing ,

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  • 22 August 2014 09:34, by Rev. Saturnino

    The 21 year old war with the North was just because of the daily bread. Somebody somewhere was given little or even nothing, hence the Spirit of the Lord went into the heart of Late Hero. Dr. John to start the road to freedom. If today some of our own South Sudanese are complaining, is because they need to have something, they need to eat and provide quality services to their children. Let us shar

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