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S. Sudan rejects reversal of decree creating 28 new states


November 2, 2015 (JUBA)- South Sudanese government has rejected mounting internal and global pressure seeking reverse of the establishment order expanding the constitutionally recognized 10 states to 28 states, despite signing peace agreement with armed opposition leadership under the country’s former vice president, Riek Machar.

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South Sudan’s presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny (AFP)

The spokesperson for the presidency, Ateny Wek Ateny, said no amount of pressure on the government would compel president Kiir and his government to reverse the directive because it was a popular demand by the people.

“The government reiterates that it will not under any circumstances bow down to the calls to revoke its decision on creating 28 states”, presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny said in an interview with The Nation Mirror newspaper.

James Morgan, one of the South Sudanese diplomats to its mission in neigbouring Kenya, also supported government’s position rejecting the reversal of the order, asserting "no evil on earth will ever change the order". The diplomat claimed the order was too popular among South Sudanese communities to be reversed by the president.

“The creation of 28 States or the additional 18 states in our country is the will of the people which no evil power on this planet earth will ever change. No IGAD, no G10, and not even your armed uncle Kingdom”, an angry Morgan wrote in response to an opposition supporter calling for revocation of the president’s 2 October decree.

The remarks follow declaration of the formation of new rebel group within South Sudan’s Upper Nile state in protest against creation of more new states. Observers and political analysts points out that the order, if implemented, would create more division among communities especially in Upper Nile region as it undermines unity of the people and violates the terms of the peace agreement. Legal experts have also argued that the order usurps legislative functions.

A South Sudanese rights activist has petitioned regional and international bodies over Kiir’s decree.


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  • 2 November 2015 23:05, by chuol

    Who is that idiot call James Morgan?
    He may be one of the desperate Nyamnyams.

    Ateny Wek **Wangkel**
    I told you last time when we were debating about your safety for challenging kiir on citizen newspapers in 2013. I assured you that, you dont meant to challenge kiir and goverment but you was either wanting to be popular or fighting for position as such.. i think you remember me now lesbian?

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    • 3 November 2015 05:41, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      The issue of these 28 states is not something to be imposed-people should embrace it and their own states. That Ngok and Shilluk squabble over Malakal will be solve through the court. their is no need to waste the lives of soldiers over useless unproductive states’ borders.

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    • 3 November 2015 08:31, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Rebels were demanding the formation of States from 10 to many States, yet they withdrew from there. What a mad rebellion!

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      • 3 November 2015 20:00, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        The decree is a bitter pill to them "Ayuiu" it has put them into the dustbin of history.

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  • 2 November 2015 23:34, by Mr Point

    Ateny Wek Ateny, said it was a popular demand by the people.

    Who voted? What was the result?

    When and how (during this civil war) was there any consultation carried out?

    What study was carried out to ensure the 28 state scheme was feasible?

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    • 3 November 2015 04:04, by Mi diit

      I think those guys of cowboy Kiir want to be given another six months in Juba and see how they will cope up with their ever economic downfall.

      Dr. Machar should go to Juba in April 2016 when the cowboy has reversed his useless decree of 28 states and agree on security arrangements.

      Give them time to quarrel with the economy. Dollars vs SS pounds, bank vs finance ministry, people vs cowboys, etc

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    • 3 November 2015 06:00, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Get the soldiers ready for Gatdet’s war, he will launch his first assault probably on december this year. he doesn’t have enough soldiers to execute the war, so that war will be nib in the bud in a months or two before he surrenders his butt to Juba.

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  • 2 November 2015 23:34, by lino

    Hahaaa!Chuol, if it got hot Ateny will run back to Australia where he belongs as refugee.

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  • 3 November 2015 01:37, by Mr Point

    The creation of the new states is a clear and obvious breach of the Constitution. It is illegal and can not stand.

    The serious consequence is that if the 28 states go through unconstitutionally then there are no LAWFUL checks on Salva Kiir’s use of power.

    You know what I’m sayin’!

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  • 3 November 2015 02:49, by Maper

    The establishment order was meant to be effective by November 2, 2015. Another day has started and we are not hearing anything about 28 states. Has the government secretly reversed the order?

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    • 3 November 2015 05:27, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      solution is simple! abolish the controversial states of LOL, Eastern UPernile and Mayom state. reduce the number of states to manageable 24 or 26.

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      • 3 November 2015 07:10, by Mr Point

        Solution is simple. Don’t go ahead with a bad idea that is against the law.

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        • 3 November 2015 19:56, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          This is not a laughing matter! we are caught up in a very sticky situation.

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  • 3 November 2015 07:09, by Ajongtar

    Ateny week,don’t temper to lie the world and people of South Sudan about ur proclaimed creation of the 28 states. Even my 7 year old boy new that it was a self interest demand of the Jeing Council of Elders (JCE) not people of South Sudan demands, we need economy stabilization not create of Jenge state in south Sudan.

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  • 3 November 2015 07:32, by lino

    Hahah! Morgan, please act like a diploma! Even Philip Aguar can’t throw such a statement.

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  • 3 November 2015 08:08, by Eastern

    Let’s see how far the cattle camp leaders cum government officials will go with their antics: the economy has collapsed, most friendly countries are withdrawing their assistants, citizens are losing confidence in the sitting government, etc. The squinty eyes wants to tell the world that all is fine in South Sudan, what a mockery?!!!

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  • 3 November 2015 09:39, by Fact Nonsense

    I can’t imagined that everyone who is against establishment order is such a horrible fool! Fool, yes. You’re. The very eminent thing that will drive SouthSudan to a fail state is the reversal of newly created states. In my analysis, there some communities who are silently looking for their tribal state like the shilluk who sugarcoats their rebellion to land grab. Come on chaps, let’s call things

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    • 3 November 2015 09:50, by Fact Nonsense

      The way we see them. Again, some people shouldn’t pretend to be against the very idea that is embedded in their social foundation. I mean, we are in some societies that aren’t designed to compete with others within our surroundings hence,your will is being done. Stay alone and implement your agenda for good or for worse.

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      • 3 November 2015 11:44, by Mr Point

        Your analysis is completely incoherent.

        Would you like to try again?

        Here’s the question: If Kiir failed to deliver services to 10 states that competed for his attention, how will he manage the competing claims of 28 states for resources?

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  • 3 November 2015 14:06, by Padiet Deng Alony

    observers and political analysis are proved wrong

    more problem was already there in upper nile and social fabric was already cut between shilluk and nuer against Dinka of upper nile. 10 plus 18 states was not the cause of rebellion. you suppose not to be called analysis

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  • 3 November 2015 20:53, by Activist # 25

    The opposition were only proposing the 21 states based on colonial map not Decree like your cowdung mad dog called Kiir and your likes. They didn’t order anything or imposed on the people of SS. Look at this ugly looking fool called Aten Wek Ateny. Doesn’t even fit to be a spokeperson for the government. When are you Dinka going to learn to become sensible and understanding?You all are a curse SS.

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