August 25, 2014 (RUMBEK) – The Rumbek Youth Union (RUMYU) branch in Kenyan capital Nairobi has elected a woman as its new chairperson.
- Awut Mayom Agok has been elected chair lady of the Rumbek Youth Union’s (RUMYU) Nairobi branch (ST)
The election was organised by students residing in Nairobi seeking a leader to address Lakes state’s internal affairs issues both abroad and at home.
Awut Mayom Agok won the poll with 166 votes ahead of Lion Ghum Maper Manyiel in second position with 164 votes.
It’s the first time a woman has been elected as leader of Lakes state’s most powerful union since the organisation was established in 1987 in Khartoum. It currently represents Rumbek East, Rumbek Central and Rumbek North counties.
Patrick Majur Makueng was elected as secretary-general, with a total of 400 votes cast over all in the poll, which was held in Nyayo Embakasi Estate on Saturday.
The newly elected chair lady has called for harmony among the people of Lakes state, urging the central government to assist state authorities to restore peace and unity.
“The first aim will be how to restore peace and unity of Lakes state. [The] leadership should act wisely for the interest of the people of Lakes state – peace and stability will allow us to restore trust among ourselves,” said Agok shortly after taking out the poll.
Observers confirmed the election process was free and fair.