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S. Sudan armed opposition condemn creation of 7 new states


January 16, 2016 (JUBA) – Members of South Sudan armed opposition (SPLM/SPLA-IO) have condemned the decision by President Salva Kiir’s to add seven new states to the controversial 28.

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President Salva Kiir addresses the nation at the South Sudan National Parliament in Juba, November 18, 2015. (Photo Reuters/Jok Solomon)

“This is part of a sustained campaign by the regime in Juba to derail the peace process beyond salvation,” the armed opposition said.

The South Sudanese leader, in a decree issued over the weekend, created seven additional states, raising the number of the states in the young nation to 32.

The order creating new states, which was announced over the state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) on Saturday, saw Eastern Nile states divided into Northern Upper Nile state with Renk as its capital.

Others are Central Upper Nile state with Malakal as capital, Maiwut and Tumbura states. Also split was Latjor into Maiwut state with Maiwut as its capital.

The state comprises of Koma, Longuchuk, and Maiwut counties. It further divided Gbudwe state into Tumbura state with Tumbura as its capital. It comprises of Tumbura and Nagero counties.

However, in their statement, the SPLM/SPLA (IO) called on the people of South Sudan to be vigilant as President Kiir is “only trying to kill federalism by giving the impression that he is for federalism”.

“The regime in Juba has failed over ten (10) years to take towns to people within the context of ten (10) states and have failed more miserably within the context of the contentious and divisive 28 States, it logically follows that the addition of seven (7) new states is not the solution,” further reads the statement signed by Mabior Garang.

It added, “This establishment of weak states, without the participation of the civil population in demarcation of local borders and the appointment of their leaders by decree is not federalism, but centralization of the state in disguise and is reminiscent of Nimeri politics in the old Sudan, it can only lead to more border disputes at the county and payam levels”.

According to the armed opposition faction, the ‘system of governance debate’ in South Sudan should be held within the context of a constitutional making process and guaranteed in a political settlement that would first bring an to end the current civil war.

The SPLM/SPLA (IO) says it has been advocating for and are committed to dialogue as the only way to resolve the internal contradictions of South Sudan and would continue to be committed to finding a peaceful resolution to the civil war in the young nation.

“The SPLM/SPLA (IO) has demonstrated this commitment on several occasions, including going to Juba under regional pressure, despite security provisions of the ARCISS being circumvented by the guarantors,” further noted the armed opposition faction’s statement.


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  • 17 January 08:17, by Fair Man

    Dinka-Defender General
    What opinion have you about the creation of more states. People don’t have food to eat and the new states will require sizeable budget to run.A cup of maize flour sells at SSP.100!!

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    • 17 January 10:51, by Joyuma John

      Fair Man,How much have you been contributed to the needy or poor people before creation of 28 states?Non and if it was non tell your new governor to share his or her salary to poor people in your state if he/she being paid out for fund ear marked to be given to the needy if not tell your people to take maloda and farm to get food South Sudan problem is not about creation of more state but tribalis

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    • 17 January 12:54, by Planetmars

      This article is immature. The writer is wrong and they are trying to hide from it by removing any comment that pinpoint their failure in reporting. 28+7=35 not "32" ya sudan tribune. These kinds of poor reporting is what cause chaos in the country. i only comment today because of this poor reporter. Instead of removing my comments ,you should remove your poor article.

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    • 17 January 15:01, by Midit Mitot

      JCE with their president have confused indeed, creating more states while children and their mothers are always begging in every where in Juba, sorry for this blind regime.

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      • 17 January 15:17, by jubaone

        Midit Mitot,
        As a convinced Equatorian, you should commend Kiir for creating more states. This comes well with our vision of Kokora. Most jienges will have to return to their states and so relieve us form their human burden. You see now in Yei, Maridi, Mundri, Torit all are going back. Kiir should simply take the money to the states and all will be forced to return without us driving them off. U C

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    • 17 January 20:05, by jubaone

      Fair Man,
      Just think once more of the importance of more states within the context of Kokora. Kiir wants his jienges to go back to their luaks and this is good for Equatoria. Jienges love power and money so giving them that just lures them away from us. Otherwise they have all moved to Equatoria foolishly believing there’s money here.

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  • 17 January 08:38, by Riek Machar

    The regime of Salva Kiir, don’t know the meaning of take town to people which is a vision to SPLM and direction.

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    • 17 January 08:52, by Ker.

      this is a bullshit from OIor IO let them hang themselves if they don, t like. in fact this creation of more states is an indication of disintegration of the country.

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      • 17 January 11:50, by Lokoli

        Do you understand your two different sentences?? Which side of argument are you for??

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    • 17 January 11:41, by jubaone

      Risk Machar,
      Kiir himself has made Kokora for Equatorians more easier. The more states are created, the more the jienges and the rest will begin to squabble and fight over nothing. Equatoria meanwhile will reorganise itself amidst a disintegrated and bitterly divided jienge group. That is the strategy and hopefully all begin returning to their states.

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  • 17 January 11:10, by Son of Nuer

    Kiir will not get people because of stupidity of creating more States , they citizens of this nation know that, kiir government fail for sure no trust any more

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  • 17 January 12:14, by jengelon

    Kiir ??? ????? ???
    Now every body has a state so I’m sending an open message to all our brother & sisters fellows in northern part of the country to stop immigrating south worth equatoria for equotorians upper nile for all jenge & bargazal too every body stay on stand by

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    • 17 January 15:09, by jubaone


      That is precisely the strategy. We should support Kiir in his endeavours to create more states. In the end, that is Kokora by default and you realize now, with war raging allover Equatoria, most jienges will have to go home naturally. They must develop their luaks and so hopefully our distintegration is programmed for ever. We have meanwhile to strengthen Equatoria links.

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  • 17 January 12:27, by jengelon

    Kiir ?? ????? ??? ?????? ???
    Now every body has his own state where is the problem I’m talking to you jenge & the other empty mouths to stop immigrating south worth go develop all your Luaks & we gonna miss you realy Thanks Mr. President for sorting the people

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  • 17 January 16:23, by Masta Min Kuol

    Dear fellow country men & women;

    President Salva Kiir Mayardit should be praised for the creation of seven (7) more states to appease IOs particularly Nuer & Equatorian. So please give credit to where it’s belong.

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  • 18 January 09:49, by Kush Natives

    Sometime, one remained confused. Because, the politics in our country become nonsense, in which "right is wrong and wrong is right" that’s why now the nation remained and will remain fucked up!

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  • 18 January 13:35, by Fair Man

    Joyuma John
    It is lack of vision that make you not to understand the grievances of the ordinary people of South Sudan. People don’t need states, they want services. As long as there no services, you will create 100 states every day or month, so that every clan or family, have theirs, but you will never experience rest. The states, represented by revolutionaries, will be on lest you give services.

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