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Nuer youth urge S. Sudan’s Kiir to retract decree on new states


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

October 5, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Nuer Youth Union (NYU) in Ethiopia on Monday unanimously rejected the creation of 28 states that was decreed by president Salva Kiir.

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President Salva Kiir addresses the nation from the State House on September 15, 2015, in Juba (Photo AFP/Charles Atiki Lomodong)

The union, in a statement, said the creation of states needed feasibility studies, parliament’s approval and should be in line with upcoming permanent constitution.

“It should not just be a one man or single-handed decision but must base on mutual agreement from all the warring parties and unanimously approved by the citizens,” said chairman of the group, Koat Gatkuoth Thoat Diew.

The group claimed the unilateral decision of president Kiir to create more states without proper studies would mean to claim undeserved credit and kills hopes and aspirations to introduce federalism in South Sudan as per the agreement reached between the two warring factions.

“Majority of the decreed states were divided based on tribal line and some were created to marginalize the small tribes in expenses of the larger one especially in Western Bhar El Ghazal where Raja was merged with Aweil West and North Counties” added Koat.

He claimed the decree had created new boundaries without proper study and without the consent of citizens citing the annexation of Pigi county to the oil-ruch Upper Nile state.

“Those and many more errors will create more problems and possibly wars if not stopped! We called it a historical mistake that should be condemned both locally and internationally” he added.

The youth body, which is based in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, further urged South Sudanese and the international community to reject and condemn last week’s decree.

“We are hereby reaffirming our support for the proposed 21 states based on the former British Colonial districts because they were studied and had clear boundaries”, said Koat.

“We also recognized the fact that it should be done through public consultation and first adopted by the permanent constitution during the Transitional Government of National Unity”, he stressed.

During the Nasir Consultative Conference in April 2014, the leadership of SPLM in Opposition led by former vice president, Riek Machar adopted Federalism based on 21 states.

The South Sudanese Nuer Youth said the unilateral creation made last Friday by Kiir undermines his government organs; Parliament, Judiciary, and Council of Minister and the citizens and the provision of the CPA-2 that only recognized 10 states.

The group also applauded the African Union Peace and Security Council for announcing to release the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS).

“We are hereby calling for its immediate release to the public such that perpetrators are known by South Sudanese and swiftly held into account”

They further expressed support to the creation of an independent Hybrid Courts outside South Sudan to trial those who committed crimes.

In an expected move, President Kiir On Friday issued a presidential decree which increases the number of states in the world’s youngest nation to 28 from the initial 10.

According to the new decree, the decision should come into effect within 30 days.

South Sudan rebel leader, Riek Machar, immediately rejected Kiir’s decision saying his move contravenes a power-sharing deal signed in August under the regional bloc (IGAD).


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  • 6 October 2015 09:58, by Panda Odhie

    Dear Nuers in rebel stop crying as you talk of 21 that is just additional of 7 state there is no mistake here brothers comedown, the door is closed if you don’t want ,it shown that rebels never accepted anything done by the gvt,all the SSS are happy here on ground except you in foreign countries and that is end, don’t bother to cl your husbands IC,AU,IGAD there is nothing bad done by the gvt.

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  • 6 October 2015 10:01, by Redeemer

    Dear Nuer Youth
    Try to think about the following questions
    1 When you killed your state mats of Pariang and Abiemnom in Bentiu on 18th to 19th of Dec 2013 did you think about the future of these people?
    2 Why were you quite when Riek announced his 21 States?

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  • 6 October 2015 10:58, by Mr Point

    Article 162 of the Constitution is quite clear. Kiir does not have the power to do this.

    Kiir murdered civilians in 2013 when he had his fake coup. Kir started a war he could not win. Kiir has broken the Peace Agreement he signed only a month ago.

    Now Kiir is raping the Constitution.

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    • 6 October 2015 16:28, by Panda Odhie

      Mr Point the echo of the drum has already heard and gone ,there is nothing you could do whether what ,stop singing songs, all you are talking are gone cases. I thank God i will be in my own state free from doggy human beings

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  • 6 October 2015 11:16, by WendeMajok

    Are those Nuer of South Sudan or Ethiopia? NB: There are Ethiopian Nuer who are currently having dual citizenship and they have no right to question anything about South Sudan politics.

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  • 6 October 2015 12:07, by Mapuor

    Nuers youth in Ethiopia must know that president Kiir acted on peoples demands. Those who reject the formation of 28 state should go to hell. We don’t want more Yau Yaus in South Sudan. Those stupid Nuer savages must shut up and go back to Nuer states and develop.The decision is irreversible come what may.Dinka Padang are free at last.

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    • 6 October 2015 15:23, by Frak Cho

      Nuer youth!! When Riek announced 21 states, it was a blessing! But 28 states by the president has turned out to be a bitter lemon! Please eat it, no more reverse. The president only added 7 states to your 21 states, what’s wrong there? Is it that it did not go to your way of interest? Sorry then! Riek use to easily pick Lou Nuer for his war promising them the state, now no more of that!

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  • 6 October 2015 15:12, by Hardlinner

    whether by democracy or war, u nuer can’t fight what 85% of south Sudanese have agreed upon. u should question yourselves as to why 85% of south Sudanese did not object to kiir proposal. other than lack of resources to fund 28 states, it is atleast better than riek 21 states based on british model. British aren’t rulers of south Sudan any more nor do they have say on how we should govern ourselves

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    • 6 October 2015 15:30, by Frak Cho

      You put it right Mr. Hardliner. We are independent state and we should not keep wearing western mask. British used people to demarcate the African lands, hence same people are there. Riek himself represented Abyei case in the court of arbitration. The Abyei chiefs were there to give testimony to the court. In fact native people know their boundaries better intruders>

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  • 6 October 2015 16:33, by marie

    You people who support the decree of creating 28 states in South Sudan without due process are either from another planet or right from cattle kraals. Who give Salva Kiir the right to create states. His power should either be from the constitution or the assembly (people) but neither is the case here. This man should stop treating South Sudan as his person property. Table the issue in parliament.

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  • 6 October 2015 16:36, by marie

    It is up to the people to deliberate on the bill before it becomes a law. Whether the 21 states or 28 states, should be through parliament during the transitional period. I think there is something fundamentally wrong with the Jeng council of elders. What is happening in South Sudan has no precedence in the World not even during medieval time. This shows how backward the thinking of our leaders.

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