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Unity State’s Payinjiar County finally united after 2010 elections


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

August 23, 2012 (BENTIU) - Payinjiar County, which has been split politically since controversial elections in 2010 has resolved to unite under the theme: “one government, one SPLM party and one community”, representatives, executives and constitutional post holders said Thursday.

Since the April 2010 elections the county has been divided between those who supported independent candidate, Angelina Jany Teny, the wife of South Sudan vice president Riek Machar Teny, and those who supported the official nominee of South Sudan’s ruling party - former rebels the SPLM - Taban Deng Gai.

Recently the SPLM have been visiting the ten states of South Sudan, thanking their supporters for standing alongside them during the two decade conflict that led to the region’s independence from Sudan.

A 2005 peace deal between the SPLM and the ruling National Congress Party in Khartoum gave South Sudan the right to seceded, which it took by an overwhelming margin in 2011.

On Thursday Panyijar County representatives flew to the county headquarters to launch a developmental initiative for the next five years, beginning in 2013. The Panyijar County strategic development plan came as the result of a fruitful meeting, the local authorities said.

The groups also discussed, the need to improve the education system - currently less than 3 in 10 South Sudanese can read and write, a legacy of the civil war and underinvestment. At the meeting it was agreed that they needed to work together to develop the county and not be divided by politics.

Peter Gai Joak, the Panyijar County Commissioner, who chaired the meeting on Thursday added that said that the Nyoung community should not distracted by power struggles among politicians.

“Standing together, we develop our county and make it a comparable with the rest counties in Unity and entire Republic of South Sudan”, said Joak.

The county commissioner emphasised that, “working for the common good of the communities instead of individual grievances". "Openness could be [a] tool" to mark "the way forward for the prosperity of their beloved county”, he added.

However, community members from Nyuong north criticised Unity State’s Governor Taban Deng Gai for appointing the Commissioner and the current minister from Nyuong South, while denying Nyuong north the political opportunity to be represented.

Locals feel that Payinjiar has been poorly dealt with in terms of development and communication networks since the SPLM came to power in the region 2005. In Payinjiar County during the 2010 general elections around six times more people voted for the independent candidate, Angelina Teny, rather than Taban Deng Gai, according to electoral officials.

The Payinjiar community has written to the governor many times demanding the removal of current Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Samuel Lony Geng, who also holds the post of deputy chairperson of SPLM in the state. If he was relieved of the one of these positions, people from Payinjiar hope they would be able to have another representative at the top of the state government.

This is the first time the groups have been united by the current commissioner to work together as sons and daughters of the county to progress in term of development in the state. Joak has been struggling, since his appointment as commissioner in 2011, to encourage the groups supporting Deng and Teny to unite under one umbrella, to forget past controversies and work together.


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  • 24 August 2012 12:51, by Alfredo christiani

    Nuer are uncivilized peoples, they hated each other without good reasons
    Curse community your differences won’t end forever and ever

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    • 24 August 2012 17:58, by omoni jr.

      Theme: "one government" one party SPLM"
      This is really retardedness ,commissioner, you are doing zero works,that is Not unity, it is a division and isolation of other people from the community who are NOT part of SPLM gangs. South sudan has so many parties, therefore you should not preach nonsense of one party state.

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  • 24 August 2012 12:59, by Kelek Ramchar

    Brava Commissioner Gai its time to unit and put aside all the the differnces we have had in the pass,politics is a way choosen by man to earn a living and became populor some times,but community/folks are bond to live to gather and fine solution to their problems no matter what not only for the current generation but also the awaiting once.

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  • 24 August 2012 13:33, by thok chuni yok

    Bravo payinjiar county commissioner, it’s really good time for you to bring peace between your people in payinjiar not payinjiar allone in unit state in general, late the rest follow this good idea from you.

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  • 24 August 2012 13:47, by Gatkuoth

    Good work Mr. commissioner. However it doesn’t make sense for the whole county to be one party. I am an SPLM member but it is abnormal for people to agree on one thing 100%. People have different opinions, aspiration and political affiliations. Having different political party or political views does not means conflict or disunity.

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    • 25 August 2012 04:57, by Bolman

      good for you Payinjiar County to be in party but the so call SPLM party wouldn’t solves out your internal problems as you all know the party under governorship of Taban nyakeck and Dinkas Regims is always a useless party the party which dividing people into clanism sections and triblism dictatorship misleading and greedy selfishness just works with them by misleading your attention for a while

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  • 24 August 2012 15:27, by TIM TOSH

    when I haeard that my community has spilt due to political issue pained me but now I feel proud for the united again. Brovo for achievement of unity and struggle of commissioner with us togather can bring a bright and delightful unity among our community regardless of politics of division that has broken the tribal of south sudan into piece,,,,,,,unity oyee,,,,,,,,,,,,

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  • 25 August 2012 00:22, by panom lualbil

    Yes, believing in 1 party [splm] and 1 communty brotherly and sisterly is at best for your health’s matters. Brain is a valuble asset 2waste, since we are human being LOVE by GOD equally and to be responsible 4 rests of other living things. Pliz let go of khartoum’s policy that had been polarizing us politically in many yrs of spla, leaving worlds to make fun of us!!!

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    • 25 August 2012 00:42, by panom lualbil

      This is really a way forward to PEACE in S Sudan presents by PAYINJIAR COUNTY. Of course 4 peace 2come true, we must confess than 2lie. I hope as if trojan horses such as ruach, midiit, kim and so, have to read this article by our leaders to get peace of mind. Thank you so much PAYINJIAR, God bless.

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      • 25 August 2012 14:39, by Ruach

        It is a good move.Peace has been restored in South Sudan by late General Matip Nhial Nyak.We will never forget and you will remain in the hearts of South Sudanese as a Great Hero of all times.Your Genetic character has its specific source and hence has never lost!! Death all your haters and we will walk on them and hide them under our shoes!!

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        • 25 August 2012 20:18, by panom lualbil

          You ain’t shit to change anything of SPLA/M when you failed terribly with your uncle [nyireik] during our struggle. Your being obssessive against SPLM or dinka bor using anonymous will still fade or death to you, go to khartoum, sucker!!! I am the member of splm, who are you, if you dont believe in splm ??

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