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Machar says concerned about new three areas in South Sudan


February 16, 2020 (JUBA) - Riek Machar, SPLM-IO leader has voiced concern with the creation of three areas by President Salva Kiir saying it is no longer a reversal to the 10 states as they were before the 32 states

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South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar (L) speaks to reporters in Juba on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 (PPU)

"The decision of the Presidency to revert to ten states and the creation of new administrative areas cannot be referred to as reverting to ten (10) states as such cannot be accepted by SPLM/SPLA (10)" Machar in a statement released on Sunday.

"We, therefore, call upon President Kiir to reconsider this idea of creating administrative areas as this opens up another Pandora box defeating the purpose of reverting to ten states," he further stressed.

The presidential decision to re-establish the 10 states also provided to create three administrative areas: Abyei Administrative Area, Ruweng Administrative Area, and Greater Pibor Administrative Area.

The main peace partner said that the creation of the three areas will carve out six administrative areas as it is the case of Abyei with Warrap, Pibor for Jonglei and Ruweng for Unity State stressing that this last area experience a serious boundaries issue between the Dinka and Nuer communities.

Lam Akol, the leader of the National Democratic Movement also contested the creation of Ruweng area saying it is a source of concern.

The other signatories of the revitalized peace agreement welcomed the reestablishment of the 10 states and called to move towards the formation of the transitional national unity government.


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  • 16 February 2020 16:56, by Mayendit

    The ball have been thrown to Riek Machar Teny and his rebellious allies but if they don’t like that finally decisions made by president Salve Kiir Mayardit then, IGAD and AU is going to detaining Riek Machar Teny for good because the IGAD and AU are getting tired about Riek Machar.

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    • 16 February 2020 20:54, by jubaone

      Information minister Michael Makuei has today 16.02.2020 tended his resignation from the government. More updates coming.

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      • 17 February 2020 09:33, by Gabriel Ajak

        Where do you get that information Jubazero?

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      • 17 February 2020 10:53, by Midit Mitot


        (MML) Micheal Makuei Lueth and Lomorro are under house arrest now in Juba.

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        • 17 February 2020 15:34, by james john luka

          Midit Mitot.
          This is the wild-dreams of ansarngundeng

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          • 18 February 2020 12:56, by Midit Mitot

            James John Luka,

            Are you people will talk shit again? we defeated you completely!

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            • 18 February 2020 15:12, by james john luka

              Midit Mitot
              Congratulation for the victory! but you need to noted that, your victory is not a celebrated victory, because it was granted not won. Threat of war by genetically rebellious humans of the like. That victory should have been determine in battle field to be call a victory.

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    • 17 February 2020 10:40, by Khent

      This comparatively small dispute should not be allowed to scuttle the progress that’s recently been achieved. The ’Ruweng administrative area’ was established by combining two counties -> Pariang and Abiemnom; the issue is that small slivers of land were annexed from Rubkona County. Most of the area is not in dispute - contrary to media reports that the entire area is disputed...

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      • 17 February 2020 12:38, by Khent

        The 1956 borders should be respected; counties should also have greater powers in order to empower local governance and increase responsiveness.

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  • 16 February 2020 17:04, by Mayendit

    The South Sudanese people know exactly what Riek Machar Teny and Lam Akol are trying to do in South Sudan. Theses two South Sudanese politicians are traitors and they have been against the interests of South Sudanese people and I think this is the time for South Sudanese people to says, enough is enough and Isolated them because they are harmful to young nation.

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  • 16 February 2020 17:07, by conservative

    Reik machar still desperate you will never gonna be our president never I guess you will never gonna live in south Sudan as long you behave like this and let south Sudan be like rawanda if have to because we are the majority

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  • 16 February 2020 17:14, by conservative

    Reik machar he is not interested in pace he will almost say I want the presidency instead kirirr but he didn’t fought for this to be born remember he was against garang the whole time until pace sign he ran back to garang such food lover want to take our children food

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  • 17 February 2020 09:28, by Gabriel Ajak

    In 2013, the main reason of rebellion wasn’t because of 32,10 states or the creation of three administrative areas,(but simply Riek want to be a president) what specially make all none courses to be claim as subject? all those ideas of leaving the rout course and stepped into a different argument is an evil act which against stability of our great nation.

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