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Right rights wants decree on S. Sudan’s new states reversed


October 14, 2017 (JUBA) - The Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ), a South Sudanese human rights body, has urged President Salva Kiir to reverse his executive order creating 32 new states in South Sudan.

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President Salva Kiir speaks during the inauguration of the new SPLM premises in Juba on 15 November 2013 (Photo Moses Lomayat)

In October 2015, President Kiir dissolved the nation’s 10 regional states and created 28 new ones, a move that was then interpreted as a violation of the peace deal signed in August 2015 to end the civil war in the young nation.

The South Sudanese leader also appointed 28 new state governors.

The president, in a separate decree, later formed four other states.

In a statement, however, CPJ’s coordinator, Tito Anthony said the division of the states has caused problem in the country and that President Kiir should reverse the order that created the 32 states.

[The] president should reverse the states and work to bring peace to the nation and after that wider consultation can be carried out to determine number of states,” partly reads the statement.

Tito cited lack of funding to establish government offices and run the news states as some of the challenges currently being encountered.

He said, “You find one office used to carry out their ministerial duties, commissioners are working under trees like community chiefs”.

According to the CPJ coordinator, the president should have first consulted the country’s citizens before issuing decrees on the new states.

South Sudan’s war began in December 2013 when Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of planning a coup, setting off a cycle of retaliatory killings that have split the country along ethnic lines.

Tens of thousands have been killed in the fighting that has displaced more than two million from their homes since it broke out four years ago.


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  • 15 October 2017 07:17, by Eastern

    This issue must be brought up during the next discussions. Kiir influenced by the JCE sliced up the country into 28 ethnic enclaves and later increased this to 32. Now folks in Bor are toying with the idea of breaking their "state" into two..!

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    • 15 October 2017 08:38, by South South


      When president create new states, you and other rebels came out and said. "No, no we will not accept that". Now is a real thing, right? That why you want to talk about it with us. We do not give any shit to rebels, talk it as it’s or leave it and move somewhere.

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      • 15 October 2017 09:44, by Eastern

        Right. No reversal of the 32 states, no further discussions but bullets. Case closed!

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      • 15 October 2017 10:55, by jubaone

        South South,
        Thank you kiirminal for creating several states, create even 64 for each ethnic group. Now worthless jienges have to start developing their junk states into good ones instead of idling and squatting in Equatoria or begging on the streets of Juba. South South as a patriotic MTN, go back to your luak and don’t stop in Juba bcoz I want to develop it. Or you are Abyei jienge? Go home.

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