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S. Sudan proposes referendum to solve states impasse


December 7, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudan government said Friday that the number of states, which has become contentious with the opposition, should be resolved through a referendum vote.

S. Sudan cabinet affairs minister Martin Elia Lomoro (Photo KT Press)

"“The president shared his concern with the members of cabinet and all of whom spoke in favor of 32 states,” Cabinet Affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomuro told reporters in the capital, Juba.

"Only a referendum can reverse the structures currently in existence to avoid crisis and insecurity that may even jeopardize implementation of the peace agreement," he added.

The minister said the number states, boundaries and the security arrangements were key issues in discussions between the parties.

He, however, disclosed that South Sudan President Salva Kiir was opposed to the suggestion of returning the country back to the original 10 states. South Sudan currently has 32 states.

On Wednesday, parties signatory to the revitalized peace accord failed to agree on the numbers of states South Sudan should have.

Speaking to reporters after a two-day meeting of the parties in Juba, South Africa’s special envoy to South Sudan, David Mabuza said the parties were now considering two options on the number of states.

“We are going to finalize the issue of the states and boundaries in the next 10 days,” he said.

The meeting of the parties was attended by Mabuza and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) special envoy to South Sudan, Ambassador Ismail Wais.

Lam Akol, a member of South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) said they needed a win-win situation after the parties failed to reach a compromise on the number of states.

“We are likely to see between 10 and 32 states after what transpired during the meeting of the parties,” he remarked.

Early last month, President Salva Kiir and the country’s opposition leader Riek Machar agreed to delay key benchmarks in the peace agreement by 100 days.

The delay in forming a national unity government on November 12 came after Machar’s group raised concerns that the country’s security arrangements are still incomplete.

South Sudan descended into civil war in mid-December 2013 when President Kiir accused his former deputy Machar of plotting a coup, allegations the latter denied.

In September last year, the country’s rival factions signed a revitalized peace deal to end the civil war that killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions.


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  • 8 December 2019 09:21, by Eastern

    Just look at the mouth of Elia Martin Lomoro!

    Who will take part in damn referandum. When the JCE conspired to split the country into 32 pieces no one was asked to decide through a referendum. Let Kiir stick to his guns and we see the consequencies.

    • 8 December 2019 09:56, by South South


      Please stop bogus threats in internet. You are powerless to use any threat to Kiir. Kiir has already made up his mind about the number of states in South Sudan. It’s 32 states, period, only referendum can decide if we want 32 states or 10 states. Let the talk continue in the net, but our country is in our hands. Live it, like it and love it, the end.

      • 8 December 2019 10:17, by Eastern

        South South,

        This is not an a threat but I was asking people just to look at the lying mouths and those that tell the truth. Dr. Majak proceeds to ask VERY VALID questions as well...

        • 8 December 2019 11:15, by jubaone

          Let’s focus on Equatoria, the rest of them are unfit to rule themselves. They are busy killing themselves, stealing and idling like lazy fools. Equatoria would be far gone in terms of development, if not held back back the foolish majority. They are a useless burden to us. God Bless Equatoria.

        • 8 December 2019 11:53, by South South


          Referendum is the only way out of this issue of the number of states. People like Majak Agout are dying to be president of South Sudan, that’s the only thing in his mind. Referendum can be done at right time, meaning, bring back to South Sudan all displaced and refugees to South Sudan, then have referendum. Majak Agout has many holes in his education, we will disclose them to public soon

          • 8 December 2019 18:43, by lino

            Where is Juba going to get money to conduct so called Referendum on the States Numbers while they cannot even afford to pay Civil Servants???!!!
            Where are the citizens who will cast votes in the Referendum ??? Refugee Camps? POC Camps? Run away to Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and North Sudan?
            Kiir Mayardiit, you have fucked this country and change will be materialised during your ERA!!!

            • 8 December 2019 18:46, by lino

              Correct: No change will be materialised...

      • 8 December 2019 10:25, by Malakal county Simon

        Did the Tribal 28-32 States came through referendum?? If not, then why referendum to revert them??

        • 8 December 2019 11:57, by The Rhino


          Kiir and his tribal JCE are busy pissing on the signed peace agreement while drought company IGAD is watching.This worthless company is toothless and disgusting.Was it not their peace document that says "in case the parties to the agreement disagree on the number of states, it should be reverted to original 10 states"?Now where is that one?Why is IGAD keeping quiet?Shit,nobody...

          • 8 December 2019 12:01, by South South

            The Rhino,

            Shit!!! You are shit and you are asking shit. majority of people in South Sudan want 32 states. IGAD has no business to tell people of South Sudan what they and what they don’t want. We are with 32 states, period.

          • 8 December 2019 12:04, by The Rhino


            ..should listen to these useless companies,they are just a waste of time.As Jubaone has already mentioned, we Equatorians must only focus on liberating Equatoria,thats it.All our sons fighting for the main Opposition IO must decamp to NAS and take back their ancestral lands, full stop!

            • 8 December 2019 12:08, by The Rhino

              South South,

              You skunk!Your fucking 32 states will soon be jammed into your fucking ass.Keep backing like a street dog,coward!

              • 8 December 2019 12:15, by South South

                The Rhino,

                You monkey keep barking in that net because that is the only thing you can. Dirty, stupid with fucking dirty big ass. We are ruling you.

                • 8 December 2019 12:55, by The Rhino

                  South South,

                  Ya kelip,I’m glad everybody is hunting you down like stinking rats, sweet,sweet.You move, you die, thats it.We will guarantee that the hunting continues, till Equatoria is clean from all MTN savages.You Dinka animals are cornered and for always will be taught dear lessons.If you remain in Juba/Equatoria,you suffer, we don’t play games!

                  • 8 December 2019 13:27, by South South

                    The Rhino,

                    You are just a stupid old man who lost the power of thinking. The entire South Sudan is under controlled. Ask your uncles who are working with us. I can do anything I want in South Sudan and no one will open his/her dirty mouth and say anything to us. Shut up and follow us to lead you monkey.

                • 8 December 2019 15:53, by jubaone

                  South South
                  Watch out you jienge kaffir. No referendum was conducted on the 32 states and NO referendum will be conducted now to determine them. We Equatorians have nothing to do with jienge chimps. Go kill yourselves, you worthless lives don’t matter at all. God Bless Equatoria.

                  • 8 December 2019 16:03, by South South


                    Ok, let’s go with that, no referendum for 32 states. We have right now and we like them. If there is no referendum we will keep them and our country is moving on, sweet, sweet, sweet. Monkeys are crying, we are laughing.

        • 8 December 2019 12:03, by South South

          Malakal county Simon,

          Many Nuers are blinds like Dr. Woungkel who is leading them with one eye. Take it or leave, it’s 32 states.

          • 8 December 2019 15:11, by jubaone

            South South
            Like all jienges, they expect Riek to die. He is jienges’ nightmare. That is good so. Good for nothing cowards and cockroaches who feed at the expense of others. Yes, 32 or more states, but what can jienges do? From nothing comes nothing. No budget, no development but good to be called a minister or governor without an office.

      • 8 December 2019 11:23, by jubaone

        South South
        No one is interested in getting rid of the Kiirminal. He has turned SS into a type of filthy public toilet 🚽 in Konyokonyo and any attempts to take over would be like going to have lunch in such a place. Intelligent Equatorians just keep away and focus on our states. The most important thing,is never allow them to squat in our holy lands anymore, these nuisance cockroaches.

        • 8 December 2019 11:57, by South South


          What is your point here monkey? We are talking about referendum in South Sudan and if you have nothing to say about it, then shut up and enjoy your monkey poop. We are fee in our country and we will do what our people want us to do. Talking from US or somewhere else is not our business, you get it monkey.

    • 8 December 2019 11:11, by jubaone

      Who cares whether there’s a referendum or not? That is jienge crap and nonsense. SS must breakup and each ethnicities goes its way. We Equatorians already control our countryside and most towns, with jienge forces pinned down in garrisons and in Juba. This impasse is good for us Equatorians it is a proof SS is unfit to be called a functional state.

    • 9 December 2019 05:47, by Midit Mitot

      This is bullshit!!!

      How would you crooks conduct a referendum for states while all the citizens are in abroad?

      Second that will be force-full referendum which will not be acceptable at all.

  • 8 December 2019 10:22, by Joseph Canada

    The solution to this is the three regions and the federal government. Or just three autonomous regions. As long as we are trying to have South Sudan as one, there will be one or two tribes who will sabotage everything. There won’t be a fair Elections in SouthSudan. There won’t be a fair trial in Soutth Sudan! There won’t be a fair Final Exams in SS. Theft and nepotism will always be in SS.

  • 12 December 2019 07:46, by Angelo Achuil

    I believe that the biggest trouble for our government is trying to exercise "too much government" or control of people’s lives which then reduces the nation down to fighting all the time coz human beings are free beings which will never be completely controlled by others. For # of states, the same power that brought them up is the same that should take them away if we are to be honest before God.

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