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S. Sudan youths demand 10% representation in gov’t


By Julius N. Uma

December 5, 2011 (JUBA) — For years, they had been silent, yet they
account for more than half of South Sudan’s population, according to
the widely disputed national housing and population census conducted
in 2008.

Executive members of the Greater Bahr el Ghazal youth union addressing the media in Juba, December 5, 2011 (Julius Uma/ST)

But in a bizarre twist of events, the youth from the Greater Bahr el
Ghazal Youth Union (GBYU) have emerged to advocate for a 10%
representation at all levels of South Sudan government. The current
transitional constitution only provides 75% and 25% representation for
men and women respectively.

"We propose that the youth are included in leadership with 10 percent
seats at all levels of the government," Angok Arthur Akuien, the GBYU
chairperson told journalists at a press conference held in Juba, the
South Sudan capital.

The decision, he added, was part of the numerous resolutions derived
at the end of a four-day convention held last week in Aweil, the
Northern Bahr el Ghazal state capital. The youth strategy and planning
conference, conducted under the theme, "united we stand" brought
together about 150 youth from the states of Warrap, Lakes, Northern
and Western Bahr el Ghazal.

Akuien urged the country youth to foster unity and strive towards
ensuring that their activities are above partisan slogans, tribal
lines and any other divisive ideologies through inclusion,
constructive dialogue and respect for each other’s opinions.

"We as youth shall play a positive role in promoting peace and
security in our respective states, through supporting dialogue and
encouraging peace building initiatives," he said, adding that
fostering strong inter-community relationships within the region and
its neighboring communities will be paramount.

The youth attending the convention further agitated for more
government commitment in efforts to achieve the UN Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs) on universal primary education, improvement
in agriculture, gender equality and a peaceful resolution to the
conflict in the disputed Abyei region.

Barjok Maduok Akoon, the chairperson of Greater Upper Nile, Bahr el
Ghazal and Equatoria Youth Association (GUBEYA) lauded the resolutions
derived at the convention, urging the youth to act as volunteers in
nation-building processes.

"Volunteerism is a power means to engage young people in tackling
development challenges as part of efforts to foster progress," Akoon
told Sudan Tribune in a separate interview.


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  • 6 December 2011 07:48, by Bush

    I salute the Great youth Union of the Greater Bahr el Ghazal for talking this bold step to advocate on behalf of the South Sudan Youths. You have made a point in history of our nation, we are behind you.

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    • 6 December 2011 08:01, by akid malual

      These is absolutely and definitely should been and assure to emphasize this option opinion that the Youth of South Sudan Play great contribute during the Libration. that mean the should not be left behide.

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    • 6 December 2011 19:05, by Don P

      Well done GBYU . South Sudanese youth from the remaning states should follow in your footsteps and i would encourage you to not only consider representation inthe government as your main goal because South Sudan has so many issues and i believe the only people who can solve this problems is us the youth. BRAVO

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    • 7 December 2011 06:50, by CatBlue

      I agree with you bro. they should do that

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  • 6 December 2011 07:53, by omoni jr.

    you are demands are totally rejected,the youth are badly need to liberate Abyei and other small towns captured by NCP militias. The so called youth in south sudan sometimes acting like rebels. what is 10%?? nonsense,go to school or join SPLA in order to get a good credits.

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    • 6 December 2011 08:22, by Jacob Dior Macueng Aciek

      Omoni jr,
      If one eats three times a day,it doesn’t mean everyone does so,the youths have right to demand so,hope you are one of the people enjoying and laugh at the hungry people who can’t afford a meal twice a day nor getting basic education,
      South Sudan needs a lot of efforts from both youths and our politicians.

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      • 6 December 2011 08:41, by omoni jr.

        Did you see me laughing?
        i was telling the youth the truth sir.
        we are at the state of war,and the so called youth, greedily open their mouths to demands positions in government and join their looters in juba.The youth are suppose to discuss insecurity in south sudan Not stomach problems.

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    • 6 December 2011 09:02, by Bush

      @omoni jr.

      Until you are forced today to prove that you are a FOOL I did not know that you are, What on earth can you come up with such rubbish if you are really the son of this country? Did you even fight before? What nonsense are you talking about, Yeah! Is your uncle at risk from the youths of South Sudan because he is going to loose his position to them? Come on!

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      • 6 December 2011 18:45, by omoni jr.

        what evidence does your lies and propaganda carry in order to justify that am a fool?? Abusive language is always used by ignorant people like who trying to defend and replace stupidity into cleverness.For your information, am one of the youth too. we need youth with vision and missions for the whole south sudan.Do not follow the wind where is blowing to so, you may risk your life sir.

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    • 6 December 2011 17:15, by Atak Akok

      Angok , this is a brilliant idea, but some of our brothers here are not getting the point, but doesn’t matter we can agree to disagree when even deemed necessary . However currently I would like to add something on top of your agenda, try to encourage or establish a plan for youths from our Greater Bahr el Ghazal to join Army service to be able to play a bigger role in boarder security.thanks

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  • 6 December 2011 08:13, by Mzalendo Mwema

    To all Youths,
    A worderful move in the right direction.But southerners will not be happy with you (Youths) if your aim is to get positions in the Government rather than building our beautiful country which needs you most at this critical moment.As you put,we need PEACE,SECURITY and monthly financial suport to all widowers,widows,orphans,elderly people,students and disabled people in ROSS.

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  • 6 December 2011 08:49, by Mzalendo Mwema

    To GOSS,

    It is going to take decades to kill CORRUPTION.We are requesting our wise and brave president Kiir,V.P Machar,Igga and their comrades is to extend their mighty hands to our disadvanged people BECUASE they are our blessing and their happiness will make God happy.Give them monthly financial support for their basic needs and make sure they have PHOTO ID.

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  • 6 December 2011 09:09, by Majak Mawien

    Dear GBYU executive bodies,
    The word union is great and has implied unity among Bhar el Ghazal youth but needs clear vision and mission statement with values to guide it.
    Demand for 10% in gov’t this way is not well definded if Iam not wrong and has no relation with peace building, job creation and youth education.
    The damand for 10% representation in gov’t would be 20% budget for youth programs

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    • 6 December 2011 14:57, by pabaak

      Its true that youth should be involved in political decision making in the country, because they are generations of 21st century, they have talent and innovation ideas of new world, but I see as a priority, South Sudan should create the youth parliament before early youth enter politics, like what’s in other African countries, this parliament should prepare youth to become good leaders in future.

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  • 6 December 2011 09:19, by Akol Wek

    Angok, Madit,Yom,and Nyinypiu Thanks to all u people for press conference you made,it show that the country has youth and I wanted to remind you, that our country is under threat from NIF troop so our artist, civil society,and GBEGYU has to increase the SPLA moral, when CDE Kiir declare war so we defen ourselves Arab will run up to Dongola

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    • 6 December 2011 10:37, by Kabila

      It is time for us to come up bolwedly tosay enough is enough for our elders who want to click in power while using the term your future leaders just purposely to depreve us from politics.

      I remember this point sometime back was rised by the group of Eastern African Students who came from Kenya, Uganda tanzania and other state demanding for the youth representation in GOSS. But nobody think of.

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    • 6 December 2011 10:48, by Brother Billy

      Akol Wek,
      You are really a single hearted nationalist of this Country and this has always been my wish that we should not rely on foreign bodies to come and protect our territories.Ithought our fellow country men have learn a lesson from Abyei crises and currently in Jau Payam, we the youth should first our gov`t to look into these internal & external attacking forces using thorns & stones.

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  • 6 December 2011 10:24, by Tata

    This is anarchy you are trying to establish. Youth is not perminent. Tomorrow you will not be a youth and then start condmning youth which you claim today to be. In the history of governance allover the world and even in United States of America (father of democracy today) they do not distribute power on the merit of belonging to category of people. It agenda. Let a youth develop an agenda

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  • 6 December 2011 13:37, by Makol Dhal

    These gentlemen have missed the point,I am agree with Majak,they should have made their vision and mission vissible and ask governments to support their well defined activities, instead of things and opinions that are not mathematically.The challeges facing young people these days, is not lack of representation in the government at all level.they should go behind vissible world.

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  • 6 December 2011 14:11, by Akumadit

    Arthur Akuein Junior,

    Please refrain from south Sudanese politics! You are sole beneficiary of public money embezzled by your crook father. 10% youth representation will be another loophole where your great community will play the same old game.


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  • 6 December 2011 16:14, by J P Puok

    Akumadit, you snatched me my words! Is this not the son of the belinguered former GOSS financial Minister! Are these not the same youth who broke in the cell liberating their thief father Aurther Kuein? what can we take from his initiative? Palistines knows well how to deal with such lots. stone them if their fathers stole public funds! sorry I am a youth i like the idea but by wrong person sorry!

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  • 6 December 2011 18:31, by Eastern

    Dear All,

    This is popular demand. It is only those who want to continue brushing aside youth as kids would rubbish this demand. Wake up youth in all the three regions of South Sudan to make this otherwise popular demand. Who says the youth are kids. Watch the Ugandan parliament.

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  • 7 December 2011 05:55, by marie

    My advice to the youth is to improve themselves educationally because politics is not a profession. Study hard and climb the echelon of the leadership within your profession with enough experience then you would be able to manage the issue of a nation. I think our youth are just brain washed believing that politics is a profession. We need people to work hard in all the fields instead of day dream

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