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S. Sudan accepts federalism but requires further discussion: minister


March 28, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan Minister of Federal Affairs, Richard K. Mulla, said the new nation will adopt federalism after the transitional period.

Further discussion on the form of federalism will lead to an acceptable division of powers between national and local governments, Minister Mulla told a workshop on governance in Juba on Tuesday.

"South Sudan has accepted federalism as a form of governance. What is left is the form of federalism because there are several of them," said Mulla.

The minister was speaking at the closing workshop on the form of governance in the South Sudanese capital, Juba.

According to the August 2015 peace agreement, which created Ministry of Federal Affairs for the first time, the constitution writing process will adopt the form of governance preferred by all South Sudanese.

The SPLM In Opposition (IO) to which Minister Mulla belongs, demanded federalism as a system of government and opposed decentralised form where all powers and resources are controlled by the national government in the capital Juba.

The government of President Salva Kiir rejected adoption of federalism at the onset of Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU) and referred to hold further discussions on the topic during the interim period.

Opponents of the federal rule said dividing the country into semi-autonomous states that control some resources and decide on local issues will lead to further disintegration. Proponents, however, urges that the country’s diversity means it is difficult to manage in the centre with the participation of all tribal or regional groups.

There has been no public discussion on the topic since the government-censored media coverage of the topic after the armed opposition, the SPLM-IO, vigorously campaigned for it.

Minister Mulla said the "tribal federation" will not be acceptable but declined to divulge further details.

Armed groups from the Equatoria region joined the SPLM-IO led by the former First Vice President Riek Machar and backed his proposal for a federal system in the country claiming it would be the better thing to stop the Dinka hegemony in their region.


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  • 29 March 2017 00:42, by Kush Natives

    Let’s go for, if that will help on rebellion against state. But,I think it will be a problem again, some states have no resources that will keep them developing. But, let’s at least try it.

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    • 29 March 2017 06:53, by jubaone

      Kush Natives,
      Just say yes or no to fededalism and not eh..eh but again there is a problem of what? Federalism is KOKORA it is good, healthy and encourages competition. Only lazy fools like most jienges are terrified cos they just cant do anything for themselves. They have oil so drink it, bath in it and drown in it. That is your jienge business. Equatorians do theirs. Anything else? No.

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      • 29 March 2017 07:27, by Kush Natives

        Don’t shake your tail yet,we’re going to do it the way we want it, who cares! Don’t panic.

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        • 29 March 2017 08:22, by hamil

          Kush Natives

          Doing things your way is the sole reason why the country has failed and will keep failing. Everything that your clueless leaders did has always failed. They will keep failing in their efforts to win the hearts of majority South Sudanese. I last time told you that you are a living curse and nothing good will come from you and your kind

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          • 29 March 2017 09:12, by Kush Natives

            Nobody ever lost as you put it, yours is just a desperate, sad, clueless and non existed claim! If we were not the winners, then who brought you out of the darkness? The struggles of 1955-1972 failed in 1983, that was the reason why we went back to square-1. Now, from 1983-2005, what happened? Are you not now enjoying the success? Holding ourselves back just of hatred jealousy will never_

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            • 29 March 2017 09:15, by Kush Natives

              Con_ reward us anything, except diminishing the heroes and heroin’s images. But, that’s not the case of today.

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      • 29 March 2017 08:33, by Eyez

        Juba one
        The JCE and their Jienge government never entertained the ideology of a true Federal System in ROSS. Therefore I’m not buying into Richard K Mulla’s announcement of the government’s new stand on the issue. My take is that, it’s a delay tactic to throw off the people and the International Community from focussing on the failure of their leadership.

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        • 29 March 2017 09:02, by Eyez

          Cont...Specially now that, the economy is in shambles, the currency is a joke and the people are dying of a man-made famine. Yet the tribal Jienge government spends billions of dollars on warfare, in order to maintain the status quo.

          The only way to achieve true Federation in ROSS is through a forceful enforcement and unwitting determination by the people.
          MTN KILLER.

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          • 29 March 2017 09:32, by john akeen

            Mr. Eyez
            yes we are MTN & yes we are Jinenge & yes we are everywhere like white people’s, I’m glad that you’re calling us MTN, but my question to you is what do you really want? If you want to fallow Reik Machar until he die, that’s will be your rights to do so, if you want to fight, that is your responsibility to die by bolt and also is you right, but at the end names doesn’t mean shit

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            • 29 March 2017 11:13, by john akeen

              African Americans they still didn’t finish white Americans, so if you want war than being it on stop explaining your anger online, no one give a fuck about you or about your anger, but I bet you soon, you’re itchy ass will get fuck, anyways your anger is a gift for SPLM IG. Just come face to face not online you’re fucking skonk

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        • 29 March 2017 09:20, by Kush Natives

          You’re in circle of those men whom made this famine, don’t distanced yourself far from it! Your curse comments are exaggerating or influencing the situation in the country.

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          • 29 March 2017 09:50, by Eyez

            Never get it twisted, I’m not in any way, form or shape related to your lower cast Jiengenise or neither am I part of the rotten non Dinka rats that feed of the cramps of Kiir’s table. I’m an educated Equatorian intellectual who has had enough of you subspecies and isii religiously committed my efforts, time and blood to drive you out of our lands.

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            • 29 March 2017 09:57, by Eyez

              Point of correction...meant the above comment to Kush not Kuach, even though it does not matter, because, both are cut from the same cloth, they are all JCE and Kiir’s Jienge die hard supporters.

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            • 29 March 2017 20:26, by Force 1

              Remember; a nobody always claimed to be something he is not! You have to have something to prove that you’re anything other than being inferior to Dinka! If you were anything more than Dinka; would you wish them to leave so that you would be better off without them because you’re too inferior to compete with Dinka? >>>>>

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              • 29 March 2017 20:26, by Force 1

                >>>If you Eyez were the smartest student in your class; would you asked other smart student to leave your class to go somewhere because you’re smarter than they are so that you the opportunity to do well because smart students were gone? Do you think that would make sense? I have seen any tribe in Africa that have that inferiority-complex as you people are! >>>>>>

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                • 29 March 2017 20:27, by Force 1

                  >>>>>I have never seen any tribe in Kenya that wish Kikuyu to leave any part of Kenya because they are too inferior to compete with Kikuyu but only in South Sudan where #Eyez’s tribe is so inferior to think that way. For your information; Dinka is not going anywhere; therefore, you either commit suicide or leave South Sudan for good to any of your ancestral countries of either Congo or Uganda!

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    • 29 March 2017 14:41, by Midit Mitot

      Crooks, whenever Dr Machar had plan or designed some thing in the country, your semi-government can dispute it first, but later on you can agreed. what a fake ideology do you have guys? Federalism will be the one helping this country.

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  • 29 March 2017 01:12, by john akeen

    There is two type of federalism’s system that our government need to look into.1- is Dual Federalism wish mean the state share power with the gov,but the Federal Government holds more than the individual states.1- is Creative federalism "picket fence federalism" means that the federal government determined the needs of the states and provided services for them>>>>>

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    • 29 March 2017 02:06, by john akeen

      but before the establishment of the federalism in the country, the government need to make sure all the politicians parties are understanding themselves before they make any choices and SPLA IO and any Rebel in the country must denounce violence frost specially Reik Machar. I think Dual federalism is good. what about you? what do think is the bast federalism in SS?

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      • 29 March 2017 03:38, by Malakal county Simon

        The Dinkas/slaves

        Will always appose any good brilliant ideas that’s initiated by Dr Machar due to jalousy and will do anything to discard Dr Machar idea. But the good thing is; they will later accept it shames while they rejected it in first place.... for instance, they rejected the self-determination idea initiated by Dr Machar but later on, they accept it.. What’s a delusional tribe, and want

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        • 29 March 2017 03:58, by Malakal county Simon

          The Dinkas / slaves

          Will always appose any good brilliant ideas that’s initiated by Dr Machar due to jalousy and tribal mind-set.... Butthe good thing is; they will later on accept it in shames and claims the credit.... for instance, they initially rejected the idea of self-determination by Dr machar but they were shamefully defeated by majority of Southerners who choose separation which left Di

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          • 29 March 2017 04:02, by Malakal county Simon


            Wich left Dinkas with no option but to joined Southerners who choose separation for independent new state of South Sudan.... what’s a delusional tribe and want to rules the smartest tribes????

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            • 29 March 2017 09:16, by john akeen

              Mr. Malakal
              What are you really talking abouts?

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          • 29 March 2017 09:31, by Kush Natives

            Malakal county Simon,
            There’s none good will ever come out of your brain rather seeing your family doctor. The media is potentially great for all of us, specially South Sudanese people, because we’re still less informed culturally, politically and so forth. Now, federalism is here as most of you are dancing naked, because they have no idea on how federation work_

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      • 29 March 2017 06:56, by jubaone

        John Akeen,
        My federalism is KOKORA. Each one goes to his region to develop it period.

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        • 29 March 2017 08:59, by john akeen

          My friend Jubaone
          I don’t care about where you from or where you going to, who cares about "KOKORA" please speak professionally like someone know something, because sometimes you got to explain (why & not) ????? Don’t just jump up in the classroom & trying to speak nonsense, because if you do so, the hall class will start laughing at you. You got to understand first how is your state government w

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          • 29 March 2017 09:10, by john akeen

            are going to use your stuff and ask your question about what kind of state government are you going to have in your state, if they get that power are they gonna work only for themselves or they gonna work for people, are they going to work with peoples of the state or how is it going to be

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          • 29 March 2017 11:25, by jubaone

            John Akeen,
            Oh yes I am a homegrown Equatorian and you as a jienge have to care about that cos once we implement kokora, you will have no reason at all to squat around in Juba or Equatoria. You must go home. I know you fear federalism or kokora very much and you would prefer to hang or drift idly around in Equatoria, no Buddy. Time over, just go home.

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  • 29 March 2017 05:01, by Force 1

    Don’t we already have federalism? Who is from Upper Nile is a governor in Northern Bar El Gazelle? And who from Bar El Gazelle is a governor in Central Equatoria? etc.; None because we already have federalism that’s why every State in South Sudan is being governed by its inhabitants! Unless some people don’t have any clue of what federalism means!

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    • 29 March 2017 16:43, by jubaone

      Yo have lived in the diaspora for too long. Almost all police commissioners on all states even Equatoria are jienges, all customs officers in Equatoria are jienges, even te president of SS farmers union is a jienge (funny😆), the president of BodaBoda Riders Assoc of SS is a jienge, president of SS Olympics Comm. is a jienge, only the president of Urara is vacant...

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      • 29 March 2017 18:56, by Force 1


        You still don’t have any clue what federalism means! The word fed or federalism doesn’t mean local; it means national. The people you’re protesting that you believes are holding those jobs or position will still be holding those post! Have you ever been to Kenya and in Nairobi in particular? Do you think the authorities there are the natives of Nairobi area only?

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        • 29 March 2017 21:29, by jubaone

          Kenya has a more decentralised and devolved power sharing model that is NOT compared to federalism although each county is more or less ethnically constituted. You can’t as a Luo think of getting into Kilifi county assembly unless you will have registered and resident of that county. Jienges can’t think by idling in Equatoria they would be Equatorians. No. Do you have ancestors in Juba?

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  • 29 March 2017 06:52, by Modongo Mundra

    Federal after what ? after your fathers/mothers/uncles. sister/brothers .... etc have been slaughtered all, shame on you Minister!!! you even don’t what evils this government of yours is doing to the innocent people including your own payam people and you still feel like " The government has agreed on the Federal system just keep on eating your money and relax with no word

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  • 29 March 2017 07:01, by Modongo Mundra

    ** don’t know

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  • 29 March 2017 08:52, by Manyngoo

    You know what? there is a bloody war going on and it keeps changing dimension from political to tribal and then regional all these tear the country apart. The current government failed totally and will never succeed in uniting the people surely no doubt about that. If another form of governance such as federalism that gives power to states, counties and villages can bring a lasting peace why not.

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    • 29 March 2017 09:47, by Kush Natives

      Thanks sir, forgive me, if you’re a female by calling you male! I am sorry that our names doesn’t identify us who we are. But, my appreciation goes to you, as a person who have a heart and well informed for the conflicts solution requirements. in any problems, if 1 party don’t accepts or admits its wrong doing, then the negotiation is meaningless.

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  • 29 March 2017 09:41, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Ethnic Federalism like in Ethiopia.

    1-Dinka Region
    2-Nuer Region
    3-Equatoria regions, Bari region, latuko region etc regions
    4-Murle region
    5-shilluk region
    6-minorities regions etc
    and any tribes who want region will be given
    Only the ethnic federalism works well

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    • 29 March 2017 10:16, by Kush Natives

      Padiet Deng Alony,
      Ween D’Deng Alony, I completely 100% agreed with you on this crazy an idea of federalism! I have wrote many articles on this in the past. I wouldn’t say anything on this so called "federalism" because, this is what I was personally looking for, in the first place. But, my point is always remained on recourses. Are we ready to be fair or still bias as we’re?

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    • 29 March 2017 11:30, by jubaone

      Kush Natives,
      Then tell your fellow jienges in Nimule or Yei, they have to pack their sacks and get going. That is great, I love ethnic federalism. There is absolutely nothing that gets us together as Equatorians with jienges: language, culture, outlook, brain size, etc. are just different.

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  • 29 March 2017 09:47, by Lou Nuer The Great

    failed regime post nonsens about federalism,federalism was decided and created by SPLM/A IO leader Dr machar not kiir then taban is not among us we SPLA IO but under SPLA jieng group don’t post nonsense about us

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  • 29 March 2017 09:58, by Padiet Deng Alony

    In almost all federations the central government enjoys the powers of foreign policy and national defense as exclusive federal powers

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  • 29 March 2017 10:03, by Angelo Achuil

    Our so-called gov’t is governing like Khartoum - by force. If gov’t officials had listened in 2010 to pleas around executive powers in constitution, there won’t be wars. We’ll look back one day and say "It was utterly a crazy way of doing government only to learn painful lesson that "No man is able to govern another without his consent!!!"

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  • 29 March 2017 12:41, by Nyesi Ta

    The federal states must be based on the three original provinces of South Sudan:

    1) Bahr El Ghazal
    2) Equatoria
    3) Upper Nile

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  • 29 March 2017 20:14, by The Rhino

    You Jienges are really so fatuous and lousy,thinking that by throwing the cards of federalism,Equatorians and all proponents of federal system of a government would jump up straight onto your misguided carriage and sing hallelujah? Well MTNs,you are dead wrong!This is one among many of your(JCE and boy Kiir’s) malicious tricks to pacify the situation once the HEAT is on.Kajo-Keji and soon many...

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  • 29 March 2017 20:24, by The Rhino


    of Equatoria’s hometowns will be liberated,..the equation balanced,repercussions adjusted and every Child,Woman and Territory secured,then maybe you jienges would propose a federal system.
    I repeat, Equatoria must search itself and re-define it’s existence for the next generations!
    A word of compliment goes out to every Equatorian on this platform,good job so far...double up!!!

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