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N. Bahr el Ghazal governor denies rift with Warrap counterpart


May 22, 2013 (JUBA) - The Governor of South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state has disputed media reports alleging he was at odds with his Warrap counterpart over which candidate to support for the country’s presidency.

General Paul Malong Awan, Governor of South Sudan’s State of Northern Bahr el Ghazal (Source: paulmalongforgovernor.org)

The alleged differences between the two reportedly emerged during a recent visit by the Northern Bahr el Ghazal governor, Paul Malong Awan to witness the inauguration of a Roman Catholic Church building in Warrap state’s Akon county.

Analysts say the inauguration event, which took the Warrap governor, Nyandeng Malek by surprise, highlights the internal differences within the south-ruling party (SPLM), in the run up to the 2015 general elections.

However, a statement issued from Awan’s office indicates the occasion was “joyous” and “harmonious”, adding there was no disagreements between the two governors, contrary to media reports.

“It should be made clear that the two Governors, Paul Malong Awan and Nyandeng Malek, are in good terms and continue to serve the nation as Governors in their respective States,” the statement reads in part.

As such, any report of them being at odd with each other is fabricated with aim of undermining their joint efforts to ensuring prosperity among the South Sudanese citizens far beyond the boundaries of the two states, it added.

A minister in Warrap state government also dismissed the report as a “fabrication” of the media, saying the governors of the two neighbouring states were in harmony with each other.

“Am surprised to see such reports claiming over governor and her Northern Bahr el Ghazal counterpart are at odds. This is ridiculous and totally untrue,” said Paul Dhel Gum, the state minister for animal resources and fisheries.

No official statement has, however, been released from the office of the Warrap state governor.


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  • 23 May 2013 08:54, by Mayom County Boy

    Paul is the best Governor of Northern Bahr el ghazal state than that lady of Warrap state Mrs Nyadeng Malek .it is just adeal if nyadeng does n.t want to elected south sudan president for coming 2015 no problem Mr President will remove Nyadeng malek accordingly to the agreement that was made by Kiir and her brother wife Nyadeng Malek .

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  • 23 May 2013 09:04, by majok akol

    But what both paul malong so much on governor Nyandeng political sideline.it’s seem like he intimidate her.

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  • 23 May 2013 09:19, by Mayom County Boy

    If Arab short down the production in Unity state and Upper nile state there is no problem on that no matter we are a south sudanese people who are depending in different living thing like as we are in the GORILLA for strugglling for 21 years. we are using Agriculture, and we are pastorist people.we are acattles keepers across ten states of south sudan.

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  • 23 May 2013 10:41, by Tura Acuse

    Hell with you...if you are supporting a thief you are also a thief. You will can’t convince me to support Kiir because I am from Bahr el Ghazal hell no. I am not a thief.

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    • 23 May 2013 16:47, by yong madhal

      mr PURA you said the true man mr pura iwant to tell you some thing man,if you are surrounding by nine fool tomorrow will be ten, you are among the idiotic people

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  • 23 May 2013 14:41, by barbayo

    what is wrong with paul Malong Awan? blaming Nyandeng? ,and what support Malong needed from Nyandeng to president in 2015? if Nyandeng give president her voting to as only that will make president as president ?

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  • 23 May 2013 14:55, by Eye of an Eagle

    If this conflict reported is true, then there is no future for this nation, people do not hold their tempers a momment their differ in opinion. Let look for better way to preach harmony to all.

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  • 23 May 2013 22:39, by goodnews africa

    To all southerners comenting on this public forum:
    please let us coment some thing which can bring peace to our country not encouraging tribalism let us put in mine that we are all southerners first not dinka,nuer,murle and so on when it coming to politics why are we always siding with our tribe is that how democracy mean to us please let me tell you that every body is free to support any candidat

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