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South Sudan government rejects IGAD proposal to establish 23 states

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Sudan's PM Hamdok chairs a meeting of the IGAD leaders in Addis Ababa on 9 Feb 2020 -IGAD photo)
February 9, 2020 (ADDIS ABABA/JUBA) - South Sudanese government has rejected a compromise proposed by the IGAD special envoys to adopt 23 states as a solution to end the disagreement over the number of states.

The South Sudanese government on Sunday issued a statement saying that the IGAD Council of Ministers on Saturday 8 February adopted a proposal made by the IGAD envoys providing to establish 23 states in the absence of the South Sudanese foreign minister.

The statement which was released late during the night from Addis Ababa where is held the annual summit of the head of states and governments of the African Union further added that the proposal was rejected by the South Sudanese president during a meeting of the IGAD head of states and governments.

"The Government of the Republic of South Sudan objected and argued to maintain its position of 32 States," said the statement.

"Moreover, the Government proposed that the R-TGON (revitalized transitional government), which will be inclusive of all the signatories, be formed in time and given the responsibility to resolve the outstanding issues including the number and boundaries of the States," it further said.

Before the issuance of the statement, Information Minister and Government Spokesperson Michael Makuei told the official TV that his government rejects the IGAD’s proposal on the 23 states.

He further said that the SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar instead of standing with his initial proposal of 23 states went further to call for a 10-state territorial administrative system.

"But our position is clear, we are not ready to even change a single state," he said before to add that this a popular demand, not a government’s decision.

Makuei further said that when they saw Machar backing the 10 states they stopped the discussions.

"We told him that we are no longer ready to continue and the only thing we can do is to suspend the talks and go to inform the people about your position and the position of the government".

He stressed that the government will accept whatever the people decide.

Accordingly, the information minister announced that they will go back to Juba to inform people and hold a consultation with them before to decide.

Also, he called on Machar to be ready to defend his position before the people of South Sudan.

UN Secretary-General on Saturday made a very strongly worded message to the South Sudanese leaders on Saturday as he called to end quarrelling on the critical issues and to end the suffering of South Sudanese.

"So, I have one with one simple message to the leaders of the country: think about your people. Respect your people".

The parties have only 13 days before the end of the 100-day extension of the pre-transitional period as they have to form the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) on 22 February 2020.

In a statement on Sunday, the IGAD leaders said they agreed to the request of the President Salva Kiir Mayardit to conduct further consultations with his constituents and report back to the IGAD Chair on 15 February 2020.

The decision was taken after a meeting including, Presidents Salva Kiir, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok of Sudan and Riek Machar SPLM-IO leader.

The South Sudanese government disclosed that IGAD heads of states and governments will meet in Juba "on/or before the 18th February 2020, for a final decision on the number and Boundaries of States".

The Troika countries on Friday called on the peace parties to make the needed concessions on the sticky issues and stressed that the IGAD and the African Union meetings on South Sudan in Addis might be the last chance to get the process back on track before the deadline.

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  • 10 February 2020 08:42, by Joyuma John

    what will be the modality of having 23 states as proposed by IGAD? and how good would be those 23 states compare to 32 states, for those who are dwelling on issues of numbers states are losing their idea of popular change and dwelling on petty things. shame on us Junubiin.

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    • 10 February 2020 09:54, by Midit Mitot

      (MML) Micheal Makuei Lueth is always talking balalaalallaal without concept of the talk.

      Government of contradiction, today is YES and tomorrow is NO, you will either accept 10 or 23+1 (Abyie)

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      • 11 February 2020 08:11, by james john luka

        Midiit Mitot

        I think you are confused human being like your name imply. How do you think someone like Michael Makuei who is the government chief negotiator and a government spokesperson to accept decision that lack impartiality? Would you expect Angelina Teny to accept any approval of 32 or 28 states proposed by the government? Let’s think and comment like intellectuals not like villagers.

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    • 11 February 2020 07:43, by Kenyang ll

      Joyuma John, Lol,indeed nothing can be less trivial than talking about 23.5 states. I have a proposal for our lousy and incompetent president: go back and let then them know you have accepted ONE, SINGLE country without regions (Bhar Gazal, Equatoria or Upper Nile) or states. While there, propose to IGAD & AU leaders you’re to return Africans to colonialism,life was much better compared to your fl

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      • 11 February 2020 07:54, by Kenyang ll

        ...compared to your frequent flights from hotel to hotel spreading HIV Aids if away from looting country’s coffers or killing innocent citizens. He should be fine.

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  • 10 February 2020 10:37, by Games

    Midit Mitot
    32 evils states are not existing anymore. The head of State M7 wanted to return to 10 states, which is fine for us. The international community plus IGAD a proven 23 plus 1, which is also fine to us. The Juba governor(Salva Kiir) is wasting our time for nothing. Makuei Lueth cases are very simple, first, he has 9hrs to make a formal apology to IGAD and the world otherwise he will be ba

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    • 10 February 2020 10:40, by Games

      Otherwise he will be ban for life for leaving Juba.
      The game is nearly over and we will move on to the next chapters.

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      • 10 February 2020 10:46, by Malakal county Simon

        If not 23+then let’s go for original 10 States since you don’t a badget for land grabbed 32 States.. Sanctions are already printed and whoever refused either 10 or 23+, will suffer!! South Sudanese want 10 States or alternatively, 23+....

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        • 10 February 2020 11:07, by Tupac

          it is not first time for us to suffer for the people of South Sudan. suffering is not the end and we shall not allow idiots people to betray the people and land of South Sudan.

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          • 10 February 2020 15:48, by The Rhino

            Tupac,

            Tupac Shakur himself would be utterly disgraced and insulted with your lack of eloquence, intelligence,respect and poetry to black people in general.You damned fuck,pickup yourself another cheap Dinka name to present yourself,your tribalist gov’t and leave Tupac Shakur rest in peace!!!Your fucking greedy Dinka rapists,murderers and land grabbers(JCE) included,have long sold out S.Sudan....

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            • 10 February 2020 15:59, by The Rhino

              ’Tupac’

              ..and shown fellow black South Sudanese their ugliest side,through and through.Frankly speaking,I hate fucking Dinka people to death and nothing can change that as long as I live!..Why are they raping innocent underage girls,the vulnerable women,burning fellow citizens alive and forcing relatives to cannibalism?Why,why,why?This same fucking Dinka gov’t under Kiir has no legitimacy to.....

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              • 10 February 2020 16:06, by The Rhino

                ’Tupac’,

                ..exist whatsoever,NONE!Why on earth would a sovereign country like South Sudan allow a foreign Bantu president Museveni of a different country decide affairs and fate of South Sudanese?WHY?Therefore you fake impersonator..go fuck yourself or face disaster,..what’s up, bring it on!!!

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            • 10 February 2020 21:24, by jubaone

              Rhino
              M7 not only actively rejected the 23 states proposal, but has clearly indicated he is a SS. Uganda has become the 33 state and M7 is ready to be the president while the kiirminal becomes his vice. Driven by greed for power and money, SS is the virgin and confused country that must be taken over. This short-legged Bantu bastard has no morals like their street whores.

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              • 10 February 2020 21:45, by jubaone

                Rhino,
                With SS vast resources and a Jienge president, M7 has enriched himself and Uganda’ economy is booming at our expense. Uganda’s food, services, manufactured products, criminals, prostitutes and whores have flooded our country. M7 was personally awarded a honorary title as member of the Jienge Criminal Enterprise (JCE) in 2014 by Deng Dau Malek, member of JCE.

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            • 11 February 2020 07:24, by Tupac

              MY MESSAGE TO ALL WHO KIDNAP CHILDREN AND RAP INNOCENCE WOMEN AS DECLARED BY UN WOMEN. THE 32 STATES WERE NOT CREATED FOR DINKA, IT WAS CREATED FOR ALL PEOPLE OF SOUTH SUDAN. NUER ARE REJECTING THE 32 STATES BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT THE OTHER MINORITY TRIBE TO TAKE LEADERSHIP IN THE PART OF SOUTH SUDAN.
              IF YOU ARE ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT RESOURCES, WHICH STATE HAS NO RESOURCES. ALL HAVE RESOURCES.

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              • 11 February 2020 07:34, by Tupac

                REVERSING TO 10 STATES WILL NOT STOP LOOTING OF OTHERS RESOURCES. THE CREATION OF 32 STATES MAKE US TO TAKE CARE OF OUR RESOURCES AND MANAGE OUR PEOPLE SINCE THE ROOT OF TRIBALISM WHICH CAN NOT BE UPROOTED HAS ALREADY BE PLANNED IN THE COUNTRY.

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  • 10 February 2020 10:54, by Joyuma John

    Dear All,
    it is too earlier to celebrate the proposed 23 states by IGAD. we Will accept and celebrate whichever number of states which is going to be accepted by all warring parties, but we should not be lured to celebrate the opinions so far.

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  • 10 February 2020 11:00, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    We need peace in the country and no citizens in South Sudan to be consulted because you chased them a way

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    • 10 February 2020 11:11, by Tupac

      There are people in South Sudan. Do you think all people are Coward like u

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  • 10 February 2020 11:35, by Tupac

    Was the problem the 10 States or the 32 States really? This is everyone’s quest for the right answer. The 10 states we have been operating under since 2005 to 2015 were not the problems of underdevelopment and lack of service delivery in my opinion. The people assigned to do work in the then 10 States’ who are there now out as oppositions or serving the current TGONU to the very system they misera

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    • 10 February 2020 11:47, by Tupac

      system they miserably failed to set up disguising, deserve the benefit of doubts. Now, with the same people who failed to deliver in the then 10 States, calling for the dissolution of 28 States, in favour of the 10 States, how sure could one be that these same people will not fail again the 10 States or 28 States as before? Could be that these opposition politicians had learnt new tricks of develo

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      • 10 February 2020 11:49, by Tupac

        Could be that these opposition politicians had learnt new tricks of development in the four-year bush life? It cast doubts into one’s mind and perhaps 10 states demand may be an opportunity to reserve more resources for loots due to losses for years in the bushes.

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        • 10 February 2020 12:27, by Malakal county Simon

          Tupac,

          This is problem.. Wrong people’s are being appointed at the wrong place and this is the result!! 10 States is the only solution if no one looking to start a senseless war again!!!!!!

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          • 10 February 2020 13:01, by Tupac

            senseless war was not caused by the number of states, please matter what made go to bush. take care of your home and i take care of my home since people lack understanding.

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  • 10 February 2020 14:32, by Angelo Achuil

    I wonder whether our leaders ever asked themselves about who gave them the right to decree 23, 24, 32, or whatever state number they like anytime they feel like it?

    What is more frustrating is them cooking up any number and say "It’s the demand of the people!" When did people ever voted to increase or decrease # of states?

    Haven’t we yet realized how weak and divided we now are with 32?

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  • 10 February 2020 17:52, by marie

    The war was cause by Salva Kiir. He dismissed Riak and the other members of SPLM in order to get the rein of government to implement JCE agenda. 32 states is not a problem if other people’s land were not annexed to his henchman and tribe. South Sudanese know their borders and history. We know how Equatoria was joined to be part of Sudan during Turko-Egyptian rule. Don’t rewrite history.

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