July 8, 2020 (Thessherald)–President Salva Kiir Mayardit is strategically planning to return the country to the defunct 32 states through the back door, a senior SPLM-IO official said this morning.
Mabior Garang de Mabior, a former Deputy Interior Minister and member of the opposition, said it’s become blatantly obvious that the government is working on a secret plan to reintroduce the defunct 32 states in the guise of administrative areas.
“It looks like the regime is planning to return the country to the Thiry-two (32) States by way of Administrative areas. This is currently underway. In a classic “problem reaction solution”, the regime has created a crisis by arbitrarily granting Administrative areas to communities,” Mabior observed.
“This has exacerbated ethnic tensions within the Ten (10) States, so the demand for an Administrative area will now appear to come from the people. In the end we shall return to Thirty-two (32) States as if by popular demand. It will instead be Thirty-two (32) Adminstrative areas,” he claimed.
Mabior believes that the current agreement partially being implemented will not bear fruit in the end.
“There is no Agreement, it was dead on arrival. It was already in ICU in Addis Ababa as The High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) and it finally died in Khartoum as the Khartoum Peace Agreement (KPA). We are now burying its remains in Juba as the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGONU). It is now over 100 days since the so-called unity government was formed in contravention of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS). There is nothing to show in terms of peace dividends for our vulnerable civil population, who continue to suffer in ‘dignified silence’, even after our hard won freedom.”
“The crisis in Jong’lei State between Jieng-Bor, Lou-Nuer and Murle made these divisive sentiments gain traction. Our peoples are starting to demand for their own Administrative areas. It is an open secret that the insecurity in Jong’lei has nothing to do with cattle rustling. It is about the natural resources.”
“The oil in Jong’lei State threatens to further widen this cleavage. After the announcement of the Governors according to responsible power sharing in the Agreement, Jong’lei State still has no governor, neither does Upper Nile State.”