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"Make Jonglei attractive", exiled South Sudanese tell governor


April 29, 2013 (KAMPALA) – Peter Ayom moved to Uganda with his family fleeing insecurity, a poor health care and the fledgling education system in Jonglei state to find a better future for his two children and five other relatives who he is supporting through their studies.

Jonglei State Governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, at the Garden Resort Hotel, Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan(ST)

His story is typical of many South Sudanese who have moved to or remain in neighbouring East Africa nations to secure a better education for their children.

But Jonglei’s governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, is seeking to reverse the trend, recently calling on South Sudanese in the diaspora to return to the young nation and has ordered members of his government to repatriate their families by the end of the year.

Despite relative peace in the new country, Jonglei state is riddled by cattle raids amongst pastoralist communities and a rebellion in Pibor county headed by David Yau Yau that have claimed thousands of lives in recent years.

Reacting to the governor’s call, South Sudanese in Uganda challenged the governor to prove that the country is now safe for their children and questioned whether the nascent education system would be able to accommodate them if they all returned.

"There are many primary schools in Jonglei state but only two public secondary schools which lack many scholastic materials,” said Ayom, who is himself studying at a university student in Kampala.

Jonglei state governor said that children of state officials would be able to finish their studies if they had already enrolled at university but not if they were studying below that level.

Governor Manyang said he was serious about the order but has not specified the consequences for officials who disobey his decision.

If the tuition fees paid abroad were instead paid into the South Sudanese education system, he said, the standard of education in the country may improve. South Sudan is among the least literate countries in the world - a consequence of decades of civil and neglect - with less the 30% of people able to read and write.

The Governor’s new policy has been met with mixed feelings by South Sudanese in Uganda.

“The standard of living in South Sudan is very expensive coupled with insecurity in villages and I can’t afford paying my tuition fees and catering for my family in Bor,” said Abraham Ayuen, who is studying in Uganda and rents a house for his family in Kenya.

Pan Philip, a second year university student who says he supports Governor Kuol Manyang’s directives, thinks that the policy needs to be adopted by the central government in Juba for it to be effective.

“If the decree is to come from [the] President of South Sudan, I think it will be bold enough to achieve a certain change in reducing wiring of money to foreign countries to maintain families in London, Washington DC and Sydney,” Philip said, adding “this will reduce corruption.”

John Mogga, another South Sudanese living in Kampala, said he supports the governor’s decision and urged the Jonglei governor to sack state ministers whose families are abroad and replace them with younger officials who have their families in South Sudan.

“In the first place, the governor should not appoint a minister whose home is abroad and expect service delivery,” Mogga added.

“Health facilities have to be made available so that women don’t die during child delivery and child mortality is reduced. What I mean is that, the government has a duty to attract people back home but not only issuing orders,” Ayom added when asked how these services will be built when the citizens have fled to neighboring counties.

Many South Sudanese students and families have not returned to South Sudan from the countries where they took refuge during the two decade Sudanese civil war that ended with 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which allowed South Sudanese to overwhelming vote for secession in 2011.

As well as its services Jonglei state also has a notoriously bad road network making traveling in the state nigh impossible during rainy season.


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  • 30 April 2013 09:35, by Amannyigat Ku Kuat Ran Nek Koc Junub

    It is better to stay there brothers, no need of coming back to this hell where Mr. Dr.Risk Machine were playing the dirt politics with his gangs supporters. Stay there for the sake of your life and your children. This South Sudan of ours become a wild environment because the people who are in the gov’t were all wild.

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    • 30 April 2013 10:21, by Ngomtoda

      No, way to escape the 2015 deserter you motherfucker calling Dr.Riek ’’risky’’.Koul manyange is rite to call those thieves back home.they are the one endangering the young nation since their families are not here.they corrupt public funds for their families.i wish the great decision could have been taken by Mr.drunkard(kiir) such people could implement it.Of course Dr.machar will make it 2015.

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      • 30 April 2013 22:27, by Tutbol

        The idea sounds pleasant, but our Jonglei state & federal govt with the Jonglei commnities should make it a priority to see to it that Murle’s, Kachipo & Jie kids are not left behind this time around on education in our state. Even if it demands giving incentives to those kids to study, the govt & the communities should work for it so that no will utter blames in future for being denied education.

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    • 30 April 2013 11:13, by siddaw

      Out of all those missed reaction on the Governor’s poor decision. I have got a reason to appreciate my brother "Amannyigat" for his tremendous word of encouragement. South Sudan and particularly Jonglei pieeth da is not the land which claimed the innocent lives our lovely parents after that empty headed plonker who term himself as our Governor took over from Thon Leek.

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      • 30 April 2013 11:19, by siddaw

        Nothing that we have received in Jonglei if not the collection of garbage which is the prime objective of Mr. Kuol. I’m a 3rd year student of International Tourism Management With Information Technology. How could i have acquire this if not quiting the said Jonglei? Home is actually sweat, from West to East but that doesn’t we will return after having seen the leadership we re driven into.

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      • 30 April 2013 13:25, by Wunditda

        Your chief is talking about basic and secondary education, you understand it well. He has right to give those orders because he is patriot and a builder of national strength. I love Kuol Manyang Juuk. He is not like coward guys of his homeland.

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    • 30 April 2013 13:21, by Wunditda

      Amannyigat Ku Kuat Ran Nek Koc Junub---
      But Dr. Risk Machine is out of the place now bro. Let your coward Bor Community come back home. Enough is enough, deaths have occurred and independence is achieved. If it’s not becoz of your cowardice guys, you would have been advice to come back and rehabilitation your community. Kids have spoiled, they have clung to bad East African lifestyle.

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  • 30 April 2013 09:45, by Agutthon


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    • 30 April 2013 11:11, by julia

      SPLM is lossing the ground of popularities in s.sudan. Under kiir kuethpiny mayardit with the advice from Abyei boys. I wish George Athor would ve been living now s.sudan ve been a diff. Planet.
      Aboys children re studying abroad, leprosy kuol manyang is ordering our s.sudan children to come to a no education country where thy would be marginalis later by Abyei who ve dominated Diplomacy,in ss.

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      • 30 April 2013 13:32, by Wunditda

        What Kuol is doing is not bad. In other words, he is trying to stop your prostitution, drunkenness and idleness in the foreign countries. You Julia may be among those girls overseas who are used to sucking dicks of their fuck-mates.

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  • 30 April 2013 13:30, by Oppressor

    Murle Freedom fighters Oyeee Oyeeee oyeeee down to hell with SPLAMN & Dinka oil money looters ...

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    • 30 April 2013 13:35, by Wunditda

      Crazy Oppressor,
      What makes you happy here? Are you still mad? Foolish!

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    • 30 April 2013 15:46, by Amannyigat Ku Kuat Ran Nek Koc Junub

      I hope you wake from gayism since last night with gay Bashit fucking your ass and rushing to the point without reading the St.

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      • 30 April 2013 17:19, by Oppressor

        Wunditda Murle are ma favorite as long as they keep kicking Dinak looters .

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  • 30 April 2013 14:06, by De Bia

    Ask that useless Governor where his Children are??? How do u send sum1 to study under the tree....People have no shame honestly.....

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    • 30 April 2013 15:27, by trinitri

      yes good intentions but we need facts!

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  • 30 April 2013 15:40, by steven

    Hopefully the situation will get better in the country, so that people can stay and live a prosperous life in their homeland.

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