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Kiir relieves 32 state governors, as new Ruweng area raise concerns


February 15, 2020 (JUBA) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Saturday evening dismissed the governors of the 32 states paving the way for the reconfiguration of the country in 10 states, as the main peace partners voiced concern over the creation of Ruweng Area.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir at the launch of the new harvest season in Luri county, Dec. 29, 2019 (PPU)

The decision followed his acceptance of the compromise proposal made by the IGAD leaders to re-establish the 10 state administrative system to end the contention on the number of states to allow the formation of the transitional national unity government on 22 February.

According to the official South Sudan TV on Saturday evening, the decision to relieve the 32 governors was taken in line with the dissolution of the 32 states.

The president is a separate decision however, maintained the 32 state legislative assemblies and tasked the state secretary-general in each state of acting as the state administrator.

Also, he assigned his deputy and close friend James Wani at the head of a committee to consider the situation of the relieved governors and their ministers affected by the decision to return to the 10 states.

For their part, the signatories of the revitalized peace pact welcomed the presidential decision to restore the former 10 states.

However, the SPLM-IO voiced concerns over the creation of a new area in Ruweng.

Kiir in his decision to re-establish the 10 states created also three new administrative areas of Pibor, in Jonglei State, the oil-rich Ruweng of the Unity state and Abyei which is a border disputed area under the Sudanese control.

Pibor area of the Murle ethnic group was created in 2015 following a peace agreement with David Yau Yau and his former Cobra rebel group.

"We welcome this decision but we only have one complaint; the establishment of Ruweng Administrative Area," said SPLM-IO spokesman Pouk Both Baluang in statements to the AFP.

"The issue of the states has not been resolved completely," Baluang further said before to add that Kiir and Machar will meet soon to discuss the issue of Ruweng which is disputed by the Dinka and Nuer ethnic groups.

Also, the National Democratic Movement led by Lam Akol, contested the creation of Ruweng area saying it is a source of concern.

"This matter needs to be ironed out quickly so that we leave the issue of the states behind us once and for all," Lam said.

He further called to move quickly to form the government and to settle several issues including the status of Ruweng.


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  • 16 February 10:06, by Fathi

    Question for SSDN
    Does Philippe Heilberg, Wall Street investment banker from Jarch Capital, still own/lease 400,000 hectares (size of Vermont, US) worth of land? I heard he wanted to exploit SSDN by taking the minerals.

    • 16 February 12:57, by Khent


      I’m not sure if it’s still in effect, but the people responsible for signing that revolting arrangement are dead -> Paulino Matip Nhial and Peter Gadet. Prior to the establishment of Jarch Capital, Paulino Matip Nhial (one of Bashir’s Nuer warlords) claimed 70, 000 hectares in Unity State. Any such agreement should be completely torn up now.

      • 16 February 13:47, by Fathi

        Thank you Khent. I hope exploitation of South Sudan ends. All agreements/contracts regarding natural resources should be reviewed as soon as South Sudan becomes stable. I’m sure a bunch of shady deals have been made over the past couple of years.

  • 16 February 13:23, by Angelo Achuil

    If our leaders can learn from Egypt, Libya and Sudan history then we will soon be on our way to stability and peace and God may forgive them the bloodshed they poured but if all they want is power and to die in it, then they must know that God’s forbearance has limits.

  • 16 February 18:21, by conservative

    Reik machar wants everything to be sold to white men that’s not gonna happen

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