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S. Sudanese envoy says creation of new states "administrative"


October 5, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s ambassador to Russia, Telar Ring Deng has described as "administrative" president Salva Kiir’s recent decree on creation of 28 new states in the country.

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Telar Ring Deng (Photo credit: Moses Lomayat)

Deng, who hails from South Sudan’s Lakes state, advised people to consider the division of states as an administrative arena that would enable effective delivery of services to citizens in the young nation.

President Kiir’s decree issued on Friday last week divides Lakes state into three provinces. These are Eastern Lakes state, comprising of Yirol West, Yirol East and Awerial counties, Western Lakes state, comprising Rumbek East, Rumbek North, Rumbek Central and Wulu counties with Rumbek and Gok State, which encompasses the present Cueibet county.

“The merits of the creation of 28 States is purely basic services delivery, but I want to let our people from both Eastern and Western Lakes states take the division as only administrative," said Deng in a statement also obtained by Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

"We must always remember that since the colonial period, Yirol and Rumbek had been one. Yirol was a sub-district of Rumbek district until independence in 1956. Some of our people sometimes are narrow minded and may take the division of Lakes into two States negatively and take advantage of it to create discourse among our people. It is our duty to make sure we remain united as one people despite administrative division," he added.

The envoy, however, was optimistic threats for sanctions on the young nation from the United Nation would not succeed after it was blocked by the Russia Federation.

Last month, a move by the UN Security Council (UNSC) to slap sanctions on South Sudan’s army chief, Paul Malong Awan was opposed by Russia, Venezuela and Angola.

"Our internal front should remain united. This is the only way to defeat our enemies”, he said.

Deng was assigned to Moscow after he was relieved from his legal advisory role in 2014.


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  • 5 October 2015 22:52, by lino

    He is the face of confusion in this nation; sometimes people confused why there are so many mess in Lakes State!!!

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    • 6 October 2015 08:06, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Introducing 28 states is asign of federal govt,but it should not be on tribal line otherwise other will suffer,the lazy communities who are waiting for WFP to feed them,if the budget are there development will go fast if also there are no corruption

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    • 6 October 2015 08:29, by Michael Anyong

      Thank you very much Telar, you have done your work 100% and South Sudan needs 27 people like you.

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      • 6 October 2015 13:16, by Rami Tot

        Michael Anyong

        you guys will not make it grabbing other people lands, your president try to relocates Dinka to oil producing areas as only option for federalism lool

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  • 6 October 2015 02:38, by Akol Liai Mager

    Wrong advice on wrong order. The creation of 28 States is no more than just ’a copy & paste’ of the Khartoum’s divide and rule policy. Fewer South Sudanese people are so clever to import, copy or adopt some useful techniques, but the majority seemed to be importing, copying and pasting destructive techniques such as corruption, intimidation, threats and deprivation.

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    • 6 October 2015 02:47, by Akol Liai Mager

      One would wonder to know as what methodology the President has used to define, or justify why this or that village should be made a state or not. Some States have even triggered deadly laughs. For instance, what on Earth that gives rights of a statehood status to Twic Mayardit and no to Luanyjang Luany-Aguer Adeel with equal-size with Twic in terms of Population and Area? Mayardit could be answer!

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      • 6 October 2015 04:06, by Edema Darius Marcello

        Dear Comrades,

        Its unfortunate that the envoy defending his bread. Service for the people of South Sudan does not depends on more states. The government forgot austerity measure is not yet over. All resources will be used on administration but not citizen. If the government could not pay teachers and other civil servant how could it afford service to citizen with increased states officials. God m

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      • 6 October 2015 09:48, by Redeemer

        Know that the population cannot be weighed on the weighing scale to ensure uniformity, that overlap can’t be avoided world wide not only South Sudan though Twic will be the smallest state, it came as a surprise,I am sure they are still consulting whether the information was true or it was announced by mistake

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  • 6 October 2015 16:02, by Hardlinner

    Rumbek and yirol are culturally intertwine. we still gonna live like the way we did in past. just like UK or Australia, people of yirol and Rumbek will always choose to live wherever they want. kiir 28 states should be taken as breakdown of development into small compartments. Lake state is gonna be like whole state without overall governor but sectional governors. love lake state.

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