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New Jonglei governor calls for peaceful co-existence among populace


December 27, 2015 (JUBA) – Colonel Philip Aguer, former spokesman of South Sudanese army (SPLA), who was appointed this week as governor of the successor Jonglei state, has called on the communities curved out from the state’s former headquarters to not think of revenge but to focus on resettling their displaced people in their villages.

Jonglei State Governor Philip Aguer (AFP Photo)

Jonglei state has been divided into Western Bieh, Eastern Bieh, Boma and Jonglei along ethnic lines. Aguer is one of 28 governors appointed by president Salva Kiir on Christmas Eve, 24 December, to Jonglei state – now made up exclusive of Dinka clans of Dinka Bor, Twic East and Duk counties.

Speaking in an interview for a Dinka language radio program, Aguer said the priority is to convince people displaced to return to their homes and ensure that they are protected from cattle raiders and child abductions.

“I met Baba Beda Konyi [nominated governor of Boma state of Murle tribe] and James Kok Ruei [governor Western Bieh state of Nuer tribe] today (Friday) on how to leave peacefully,” said Aguer in an interview to the Australian-based SBS Dinka radio programme aired on Saturday.

“We must live in peace with Murle, Nuer and Mudari so that our people return home. We should not revenge because revenge is not a solution,” he said, referring to communities neighbouring greater Dinka Bor community.

Villages in Bor, Twic East and Duk counties were deserted before the war erupted on 15 December 2013, pitting two major tribes of Nuer and Dinka and their regional supporters. People of Dinka Bor fled deadly cattle and child abduction raids blamed on neighbouring tribes, particularly the Murle.

Aguer said to ensure that people accept to return home, provision of clean drinking water, schools and roads will attract them back home. He said he will work with the people to set goals and identify priorities, without explaining where to get resources to do these in the economically downtrodden nation.

“There is something call community based approach. We shall sit with the community and decide the priority for our people. Is it road, health centre or school?,” he said of his priorities selection.

Asked if he has the political experience needed to achieve his dreams, he said “there is no better time than now to lead.”

“Some people said this government is not good for you to join but I said I cannot wait for angels to come before joining politics because I am not [an] angel,” he said.

The former SPLA spokesman said political liberation of South Sudanese should be followed by economic independence and freedom for all the citizens.

“This is important because you cannot convince anyone to return home from Kenya or Uganda when their children cannot go to school or get better medical services," he said.

President Kiir’s decision to create more states has been described as setback to the peace agreement signed with the opposition but proponents claimed it is a demand from the people.

The decision has come as a surprise to the other partners in the peace agreement. The government during the peace negotiations in Ethiopia however refused to endorse a proposal put forth by the SPLM-IO to create more states but changed their mind after the agreement was signed on the basis of the 10 states.


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  • 28 December 2015 02:03, by Mr Point

    Auger, a surprising choice for governor.

    What can he do?

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    • 28 December 2015 07:31, by Dengda

      Mr Point
      Here is a point, he was not appointed by President, but he was nominated by people of greater Bor, particular Twic East, so don’t undermined this greater community choice.
      The president was just only announce the nominees.
      your question "what will he do? He has record in this community which become state, he served in this area from 1993-2000 providing relief service, so what will he do..

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      • 28 December 2015 07:37, by Dengda

        he will provide the serves to the people not politic, read his interview for your reference. During his in militarily as spoke person, he was only voicing what the central want him to say, but that is not his opinion. I hope you can understand the word community approaches is what is call bottom up system not top bottom, for your information we greater Bor have community based organisations.

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        • 28 December 2015 07:46, by Dengda

          Based in abroad and locally here for resources needs for example, I hope you read about computers donated by the lost to Dr John MU in Bor, fundraising activ from Duk and Twic East this month, so we will kick start our development programs straight from non government funds. His role will to provide security which need now. or our sons in uniform will do that. so stay out of Great Bor Dinka affair

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    • 28 December 2015 09:23, by Ayuen deng

      Surely Philip ! !

      You will fail like the rest if you sing peaceful Co-existence without rule of law that will put to jail those few people in Bor,Murle and Nuer Communities that are carrying out cattle raiding and child abduction.singing peace! peace!is not end the problem of greater Jonglei States if you will not get hold of those few individuals.

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