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Gogrial governor rejects reversing creation of 13 counties

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April 20, 2016 (JUBA) - Abraham Gum Makuac, governor of the newly created Gogrial state, home to President Salva Kiir and one of the 28 controversial states, has pledged not to reverse his local order, which created 13 counties in the state prior to approval by the council of states in Juba.

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Women from a cattle camp walk near Gogrial (Photo Tim Freccia/Enough Project)

Gogrial, curved from former Warrap state, came into being as a result of the issuance of a unilateral presidential establishment order expanding the number of states from the constitutionally recognized 10 states.

The number of the proposed 28 states is yet to be confirmed or altered by the parties to the August 2015 peace agreement signed with the opposition leader of SPLM-IO, Riek Machar.

Governor Makuac, according to several legislators and officials within his administration and critics, has threatened to resign from his position or do it if the creation of more administrative units has been reversed.

The governor in March divided Gogrial into 13 counties after it became a state of its own from Tonj and Twic which have also been upgraded to the level of two separate states in the country.

The new governor divided Gogrial west into 9 counties and Gogrial East into 4 counties, raising the number of counties to 13.

However, the council of states, which is the upper legislative house dealing with the states affairs, including changing the names of a state, relocation of administrative headquarters and approving additional administrative units, announced last week it approved each state to create not more than 8 counties.

His critics have blamed him for creation of more administrative units without waiting for parliamentary approval and for taking a decision not based on proper studies and without any budget to fund activities.

The governor and his deputy, Santino Akot Abiem, have also been accused of intimidating political opponents following a series of arrests in recent months.

One of the critical youth members, William Lual Aterdit, was arrested in March and has continued to remain in detention allegedly for being critical of the performance of the governor and his deputy.

Another youth member identifying himself as Deng Makuok told Sudan Tribune last week he was threatened by the deputy governor with the arrest should he continues to talk about how the governor conducts his administrative functions or how he runs the affairs of the state.

Makuok defied the threats and is continuing with his criticism of the performance of the governor and his deputy.

He added the officials were not running their private businesses to avoid public scrutiny, calling on them to step aside lest they do not want to be scrutinized.

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  • 21 April 2016 00:57, by Mr Point

    "One of the critical youth members, William Lual Aterdit, was arrested in March and has continued to remain in detention allegedly for being critical of the performance of the governor and his deputy."

    Why has this person been imprisoned without breaking any law, without legal representation, without fair trial according to the law of the country?

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    • 21 April 2016 08:45, by Awei-ngok

      Mr.Point,get a clear understanding here.The guy called Lual Aterdit and the recently emerged person of Deng Makuok are wrong youth elements in our society.For the case of Lual,he mobilised the youth and community of Awan-muorkua not to receive the commissioner appointed by Governor Gum.Moreover,Lual is not the Chairperson for Gogrial State Youth Union.He is a youth leader for Awan-muorkua only.

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      • 21 April 2016 08:58, by Awei-ngok

        ..Continued.Therefore,the arrest of Lual Aterdit has nothing to do with Hon.Abraham Gum Makuac and his Deputy,Santino Akot Abiem.If anybody wants to get full understanding of what transpired then she/he better contacts directly the Commissioner of Awan Pajok or Awan Chan Nyial.In fact,his actions posed serious threats to our communal security at that time but his arrest has calmed the situation.

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        • 21 April 2016 09:18, by Awei-ngok

          Mr. Point,...continued, these are wrong youths who better if need be,join the rebel camp of Riek Machar so that their weapons of criticism are sharpened and directed properly because we know they are lies always spread by Riek camp and so, they are always treated as lies coming from the rebels other than those coming from within. The issue why they are bitter is b’se they are not office Managers.

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        • 21 April 2016 09:31, by Awei-ngok

          Mr. Point,...continued, these are wrong youths who better if need be,join the rebel camp of Riek Machar so that their weapons of criticism are sharpened and directed properly because we know they are lies always spread by Riek camp and so, they are always treated as lies coming from the rebels other than those coming from within. The issue why they are bitter is b’se they are not office Managers.

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  • 21 April 2016 09:13, by BM Bol

    This government is known for going back on their words. They should just accept everything Riek demands instead of refusing his requests today and accept it the next day. Spare innocent citizens headache and give the guy every damn things he asks for.

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  • 21 April 2016 15:02, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear readers
    this governor of Gogrial state is contrary with bill passed by national assembly in Juba, that each state should only have eight (8) counties , what is happening in Gogrial is something different, now the president will be first disappointed by his own people of Gogrial and the rest will follow . Respect your leadership time or otherwise you may miss the chance for next election in

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    • 21 April 2016 17:45, by Son of Upper Nile

      Alfredo, don’t blame the governor. It’s Kiir himself who started the mess & breaking the constitution he sweared to abide by & protect by dividing the country into 28 unconstitutional states to appease his tribesmen by awarding them other communties land. Now his tribesmen thought chaios & lawlessness is the order of the day. Chol Thon defied Kiir directives before & Gogrial man is following

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