The political wrangling between the Parties over allocation of states

Opinion | By Wilson Wal Wanjang

President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar exchange greetings in Juba |Photo: File

June 20, 2020 (Thessherald)–It has been three months since the stalemate ensued [political wrangling] between the parties over who to own which states in three regions, namely the Greater Upper Nile Region, the Greater Equatoria Region and the Greater Bhar El Ghazal Region, representing our current 10 states.

Firstly, the disagreement between the parties started over the ratios, in regards to what percentage was supposed to be given to each political party and yet, the agreement gives SPLM-IG 50% SPLM-IO 27% SSOA 10% OPP 08% G10 5% – despite this simple distribution it takes a long time for the political parties to agree on how many states should be given to each political party. IG claims six states IO claims three states while OPP also must have right to own one as it has 0.8% decimal point above 0.7 decimal point of IO which is actually their right to claim for their deserved percentage.

On 7/5/2020 the Parties reached a consensus and agreed to allocate three states namely Jonglei state Western Bhargazal western Equatorial state given SSOA Upper Nile State to the SPLM-IO by voting, and according to the Revitalize Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, stipulated under article 7.8 that if the parties to the Agreement did not reach a consensus, the presidency shall decide by voting therefore the voting was conducted in favour of SSOA, allocating Upper Nile state, this was crystal and clear and was thereof announced by the Presidential Press Unit (PPU).

Unfortunately, on the following day, the First Vice President, Dr Riek Machar rejected the agreement, calling for further negotiations in the hope of taking Upper Nile. He lodged his complain to the R-JMEC and IGAD, putting the ITGoNU on hold for a while.

On 17/6/2020 another agreement was reached between IO and IG presidency in the absence of the SSOA, OPP and G10, and the two principals unilaterally agreed to allocate Upper Nile State to IO in exchange for Jonglei state, which was initially rejected by the SPLM-IO. This was another stalemate amongst the parties to the agreement and also amongst the SSOA leaders as you may have seen two controversial letters from leadership of SSOA the first one was written by the chair, Josephine Lago, annulling the states’ allocation and the second one was issued by the Secretary-General of SSOA, Dr Lam Akol, accepting the states’ allocation the two statements are very important.

The first one was issued in protest for the unilateral decision taken by Kiir and Machar without consulting of the Vice President representing SSOA whereas the second letter believes that the allocation is important because it saves the lives of our people in the states, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Jonglei State is a bad choice.

My fellow countrymen and women, the full formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGNU) has been delayed for a year and a half now because of a number of setbacks, unnecessary delays in the Security Arrangements and the lack of political will among the warring political parties.

Another pressing issue is the ongoing lack of funding from peace guarantors and the international community. This has not only undermined the speedy implementation of the peace agreement, but also led to inter-communal violence between neighboring communities. We can not sit back and be happy seeing our people dying just because Mr X and Y are not given Upper Nile state.

However, I would like to wholeheartedly appreciate and thank H.E Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the Republic of South Sudan for breaking the deadlock with the FVP Dr. Riek Machar and most importantly for making a bold decision for the allocation of the States, though it’s not a win-win solution to other political party including SSOA. In the interest of peace; we can’t stick to one thing without compromising, we all know that this peace agreement is all about compromise as all opposition parties signed with reservations and without addressing the root causes of the conflict. The compromise was spearheaded by H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit by reverting back the country to its tenth states, then followed by the FVP Dr. Riek Machar evidenced by his return to Juba without proper Security Arrangements being completed, those are good examples we should lesson.

About lobbying for Jonglei State’s Governor

Jonglei is our home and I’m happy because I hail from that state, when I’m in Jonglei …in my own house, I feel at home – I feel as if I were in Five Stars Hotel, it’s a place I call home I love the people of Jonglei: Bor, Twic, Gawaar fangak Lou Annuak and neibhoring community Murle Pibor Adminstative Area.

I have received calls since the past three days from people asking me whether I should run for the governorship of Jonglei state or not. First of all, I’d like to appreciate those who have been asking me and those who poste on Facebook, endorsing me for the position, and those who feel that I am capable of becoming a successful governor, I profoundly appreciate all your endorsements and I promise you that your wishes will soon come to fruition.

It has been always my dream to serve my people in the best of my ability, and hopefully, that dream will surely come true, I am willing to serve the people of Jonglei State and the people of South Sudan at large without stoking hatred and favoritism, my vision at the state level would be to stem rampant corruption and tribalism I’m not exaggerating but I’m a rare person.

There is one thing here that may not let me to be right a candidate for this post though I have interest first the top liner in the hierarchy some got their tickets some didn’t and those didn’t get theirs, expect rewards, therefore Hon. Dinay Jock Chagor, the incumbent Minister of Higher Education may relinquish his position to any of his colleagues and take up the post of Jonglei state if the leadership agreed on that or if not I will get a chance to be a candidate if I got to be nominate by my party NAS under leadership of Hon. Gen Kalid Boutruos I will campaign and win.

Author’s Disclaimer: This article is my personal opinion and therefore has nothing to do with my work

The author is a member of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), one of the main signatories to the peace deal.

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