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Western Equatoria governor backs calls for federalism


June 9, 2014 (JUBA) – The governor of South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state has reignited the debate over federalism, saying it is the system of governance that will control tribal-related conflicts and give citizens the power to decide of matters affecting them.

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Ex-Western Equatoria state governor Joseph Bakosoro, 12 October 2012 (ST)

Governor Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro made these remarks during Monday’s official opening of the state legislative assembly after three month of recess.

“Western Equatoria State is for federal system of Government”, Bakosoro told lawmakers, members of his government and area citizens.

He appealed to the population not to get involved in the ongoing conflict, saying South Sudan witnessed enough wars during its struggle for independence, which was eventually achieved after a self-determination referendum in 2011.

“There is no reason to start fighting ourselves after attaining the independence we wanted. When we fought, we did not fight as tribes or regions; we fought as South Sudanese and if there are issues we want to discuss now, because they are important to our people like the system of governance,": said Bakosoro.

"We must raise and discus them without necessarily misinterpreting the views expressed by others", he added while calling for open discussions among citizens.

The governor further stressed that democracy had set foot everywhere in the world and that South Sudan was not exception in embracing the practice.

"Western Equatoria state government and its people have thrown their support to the establishment of federal system in South Sudan", he told the assembly.

Governor Bakosoro, the second most prominent political figure in the country to openly voice support for federalism after his Central Equatoria counterpart, Clement Wani Konga, said people from the greater Equatoria region have been demanding for a federal system of governance for long and that such calls should not be ignored.

“Federalism has been one of the longest calls of the people of Equatoria and this is now the time for our people to say it louder without any fear because it is not a crime if people express their democratic rights in a peaceful manner", said the governor.

"No individuals or group of people can obstruct these calls because it is a democratic right to express your feelings about the system of governance”, he stressed.

Bakosoro, however, said his state was stable and achieved a lot despite few cases of rebel defectors visiting the area as well as the movement of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) insurgents.

He said his administration, despite the austerity measures and conflict in the country, recorded significant achievements in security, health, information and infrastructure.

While officially opening the country’s national assembly last week, South Sudan president Salva Kiir proposed that citizens should be allowed to decide on what system of governance they wanted instead of imposing federalism onto them as demanded by the country’s opposition group.


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  • 10 June 2014 07:36, by DDooggaa

    We all die for federalism and we must get it. We all back Federalism. Those who are against federal system are the very people who failed the country. Kiir killed many people he will answer in time to come.No federalism No peace in South Sudan

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    • 10 June 2014 07:58, by Joseph Canada

      Federalism is is the only way we have to take. Kiir and his Dinka thugs are yawning for blood of South Sudanese citizens. The Dinka Kiir regime must go by all means be it by referendum of by power! The army I from other states should leave Kiir’s guard and UPDF to take the bullet in their asses from the white army.

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      • 10 June 2014 08:32, by Mi diit

        Ahahaa…the so-called “internal front” is unraveling. I like the strategy from within!

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        • 10 June 2014 15:06, by michael coma

          Hey guys,

          Michael Coma is back from front line.I have fought tirelessly for no good reason.I was govt supporter but now i am neutral.What we wanted now is peace only as South Sudanese.Federalism is the another option that will help our people in bring development within ten states.

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    • 10 June 2014 16:27, by adamu

      Dear fellow Equatorians, I have heard my powerful and vocal Equatorians’ spoken boldly and raucously about federalism to the people of our beloved country South Sudan. But what scares me so far is the sullenness of our other leader who emanated from E.E.S. Louis Lobong Logore, Can anyone please answer my quest to knowing who this man exactly is? Thank you and i’m lking forward to welcoming any ans

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      • 10 June 2014 16:40, by adamu

        Congratulations to our Two concerned leaders of our country, the citizens of our mother land dead and a live are with you and no thorns will penetrate your feet as long as you are standing for the true justice and demand of the people, you will walk through without stumbling. Federalism Oyee, the voice of the people Oyee,Clement Wani Konga Oyee, Joseph Bakasoro Oyee, Our beloved motherland Oyee.

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    • 10 June 2014 21:30, by Force 1

      Did any of you guys know what federalism is? Did you ever define it? Did you ever look it up see what it means? If you didn’t then you’re the people making noises aimlessly knowing nothing about federalism. Someone who look it up knows federalism already exists in South Sudan and Sudan as well.>>>>>

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      • 10 June 2014 21:31, by Force 1

        >>>> I just can’t believe how highly irrational those leaders are when they claim to call or back federalism while having no idea that they are governing in a country with federal system. The whole world is just laughing at how highly ridiculous we are?

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        • 11 June 2014 07:33, by Mi diit

          Force 1,
          Don’t attempt to lecture us on what you don’t even know yourself. What we have is called decentralization, which is like half federalism. Check what federalism really means and come back to comment like an informed person.

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  • 10 June 2014 07:48, by Jubawe

    The end of Salvar errar has start, When we Equatorian raise one voice as before, we will implement it on the ground if things are not going accordingly, People complain Equatorian are silent they go with air, we say No, our time will come and will be worst than now but we want Government to step down peacefull not damage the country. peace to South Sudan.

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  • 10 June 2014 07:48, by Jubawe

    The end of Salvar errar has start, When we Equatorian raise one voice as before, we will implement it on the ground if things are not going accordingly, People complain Equatorian are silent they go with air, we say No, our time will come and will be worst than now but we want Government to step down peacefull not damage the country. peace to South Sudan.

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    • 10 June 2014 09:17, by Chol A.

      Abaaaa! Federalism federalism just cry for it but you will never achieve what you ever expected nyagateen. Poorest country like South Sudan can not encourage such systems for country pack with a lot of tribes hatred! good luck and let’s wait and see if it happen guys

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      • 10 June 2014 09:59, by hamil

        @ Chol
        Swallow your bitterness and stupidity mate! This country’s leadership was handed over to people who don’t know what to do with it. If you think you are going to intimidate anyone with threats gone are the days. This time no one should dare try us in Equatoria because you might come to a point where the guns you depend on will fail to shoot; we will massacre you guys in large numbers silentl

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  • 10 June 2014 08:23, by Ajongtar

    Bravo Bakasoro, tell them clear about our vision as Equatorins. We need an inclusive federal system of Governence, if the Dinka and Refuses then we will show them our resistance...
    If they want show us that they are the Mojority tribe in S.Sudan!!!! Also my statistics tells me that you come from the third Mojority tribe in South Sudan. Enough is Enough.

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  • 10 June 2014 08:23, by hamil

    I am an Equatorian but we must get one thing clear that federalism should not be taken as a way to get rid of other tribes from the greater Equatoria it should be viewed as a system of governance that help bring services closer to the people. And to my dear brothers in other States we must embrace federalism it is the only way by which we can develop our towns & cities in the 10 State

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  • 10 June 2014 08:34, by Jalaby

    I am not really surprise hearing many loud voices among Equatorians now to go for federation and perhaps separation later on!
    The south is inhomogeneous nation and deeply divided, Equatorians don’t just see themselves different from Dinka but from Nilotic clan in general and always see themselves as unique and notables in contrast with other southerners!!

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    • 10 June 2014 13:49, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Ya Jallaba Jalaby,

      Can you please do not poke your dirty nose into South Sudanese political affairs? It barely concerns you or your family.

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  • 10 June 2014 08:51, by hamil

    South Sudan belongs to all South Sudanese who I am afraid all want to confind themselves in the Equatoria region. It is not bad to have people of different cultures around you but I am afriad that other States will lag behind a far as development is concerned. We need federalism so that we realize how equittably our resources are distributed in the 10 States instead of ending in greedy pockets

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  • 10 June 2014 11:00, by Padiet Deng Alony

    What types of federalism do our people need below
    Federalism- a form of government where a group of states, territories, etc., are governed by one central power.
    Federalists- a member of the Federalist party
    Dual Federalism-the federal government and the states’ government have separate, but equal, powers. Also known as “layer cake federalism”
    Cooperative Federalism-Both the federal and states

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    • 10 June 2014 11:03, by Padiet Deng Alony

      Dual Federalism-the federal government and the states’ government have separate, but equal, powers. Also known as “layer cake federalism”
      Cooperative Federalism-Both the federal and states’ governments share equal powers when it comes to the nation. Often called “marble cake federalism”
      New Federalism- federalism during the Reagan era; more power was given to the states’ government
      Block gran

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      • 10 June 2014 11:08, by Padiet Deng Alony

        Block grants-grants giving to state governments with little restrictions on how to handle the money
        Unfunded mandates- issues from the national government to the state governments, following a certain order without offering funds to aid the states in achieving the national government’s requirement
        Judicial Federalism- when Supreme Court and the Judiciary have the ability to influence federalis

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        • 10 June 2014 11:11, by Padiet Deng Alony

          influence federalism.
          Fiscal Federalism- Federalism where the use of funds help support a national program.
          Progressive Federalism- most recent form of federalism; allows states to have greater control over certain powers usually reserved for the national government.

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  • 10 June 2014 15:55, by Letigolight

    The only group opposed to federalism are those who left their villages to crowd in Juba at the homes of the ministers most of whom hail from the G/Bahr El Ghazal region. They have been enjoying leaking their hands from the wrist up to the finger tips just because of eating Fatah. Most of the ministries will go to the states and those free moneys will be no more!

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