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Kiir explains reason not to appoint woman governor

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December 30, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir, defended his decision not to appoint a single woman governor among the 28 new state governors, saying women were weak and can be kidnapped.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (Photo: Reuters)

President Kiir said he had not forgotten women but only conflict zones brought females’ names for governorship, which he rejected because they could not defend their states like men would do in case of continued violent conflict.

“The areas which brought names of women are conflict areas. But we don’t want our governor to be kidnapped and that is why we don’t bring women,” said president Kiir during the swearing in ceremony of 28 newly appointed governors on Tuesday.

Opposition politician, Peter Mayen, of the People Liberal Party (PLP) accused the president of violating the constitutional provision of 25% women representation quota when he appointed states governors at Christmas Eve on 24 December 2015.

Majongdit urged women activists and leading female politicians to speak out.

President Kiir did not mention the PLP public statement but said the concern of women governors as weak was discussed by ruling SPLM party political bureau, in which a woman, Jemma Nunu Kumba, was present as the acting secretary general.

He said the top party decision making body instead resolved to instruct the new governors to select women as their deputies in the states where women were suggested to lead.

“Please appoint women to be your deputy. But if you don’t get a woman, you can be excused for now,” he said, attracting laughers from the crowd.

The disqualification of women on the basis of their weakness is not only a stereotyping message from the head of state but also a violation of the transitional constitution which gives women an affirmative action.

Although president Kiir did not name the states in the conflict regions which selected women for the governorship positions, it was clear that some of the men who were appointed in the new states of greater Upper Nile region were not the first choices of the people, but served as a fall-back position selected by the president.

Also the president directed the new governors not to exceed seven ministers and fewer advisers in their state governments.

“Some states had 400 advisers and you wonder how they advise one person and how do you listen to them at the same time?” he inquired.

He said he will release an order instructing state governors on the number of ministers and advisers.

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  • 31 December 2015 02:55, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

    Why should a man complain for momen’s governorship? These’re trouble makers politicians pretending to gain popularity based on illogical supportive statements. It’s a matter of qualification that’s considered. Stop causing noise for sleeping people mr. Politician.

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    • 31 December 2015 04:06, by Mi diit

      Kiir’s SPLM insults women all the time. Last time Kuol Manyang Juuk insulted women.

      Now Kiir again insulted women. Were they weak when they elected you Mr. primitive president?

      28 fake governors without a woman is a violation! These men are war governors. Women are peaceful, not weak politically and intellectually.

      If all the 28 governors were to be women, peace would truly come to this nation.

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      • 31 December 2015 04:09, by Mi diit

        All in all, these are fake governors with fake 28 states. The peace agreement does not recognize them. They will soon be dissolved.

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    • 31 December 2015 08:50, by jubaone

      Shadrack Nuer Machut,

      You jaangs treat your "nyanjaangs" with contempt and look down on them as simple sex toys. No wonder you lack educated women who would teach you care and dignity. You are sick, paranoid and rude cos you lack maternal love. Thats why you have disturbed personalities and unstable state of minds. You Need women care and love. Ya jienge

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      • 1 January 2016 01:03, by Mr Point

        Another violation of the constitution by the man sworn to uphold it.

        Who is keeping count of the articles of the constitution that Kiir has not yet broken?

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  • 31 December 2015 05:15, by dinkdong

    Now we got South Sudanese Donald Trump. Yay! Go Kiir, men rule!

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  • 31 December 2015 06:38, by Eastern

    ...What a stupid reason Salva Kiir!!! This is an insult to the women folks in the country. Are the male governors not going to be protected? Are they going to be their own bodyguards? Why do we really have a mad man for a president? A cursed country.

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    • 31 December 2015 06:52, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Kok Ruei and Bol Kong will be governing in Juba! and they are men.

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  • 31 December 2015 12:25, by denis

    The country where most Africans are trying to reach, Germany, is governed wisely by a woman. The world’s 10 least well-governed States, which includes South Sudan near the bottom, are all governed by men! Mr President please resign , and let someone with sense take over.

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