Opinion| By Tut Kuany Kok
July 16, 2020 (Thessherald)–There has been political infighting within the SSOA Coalition over who to lead and who should not. And this has brought about misunderstanding between Changsong Lew Chang, the leader of (FDP/SSAF) and the leader of NDM Lam Akol Ajawin.
Last month, Dr Lam Akol nominated his secretary as the would-be Governor of Jonglei State but Changson and his staunch supporters were against his unilateral decision. On 15-7-2020, the SSOA picked Denay Jock Chagor, the former Minister of Higher Education as the Governor of Jonglei State. But many South Sudanese have been questioning whether Denay is capable to do the job perfectly or he is going to sleep like the old men? Let’s look into what happened to Jonglei under former Governors who knows better than Denay Jock Chagor
This is the list of the Governors in Jonglei State who rule but there never been any ounce of peace in the land of Jonglei, in lieu of most of them have good understanding of what’s boiling that land for years.
 Philip Thon Leek, the first Governor
 Kuol Manyang Juuk, the second Governor
 John Kong Nyuon, the third Governor
 Maker Thiong Mal, fourth Governor (under 32 states)
 Denay Jock Chagor
Jonglei State is home to the Dinka, Nuer, Murle and Anyuak. And in South Sudan, it is the only state to have witnessed circles of ethnic violence since independence.
Much of which is over land, water, cattle and even individual grudges. Though many peace conferences have been held in order to bring about peace and reconciliation between the Murle ethnic group, Lou Nuer and the Dinka Bor, unfortunately senseless killing, abduction of women and children and cattle rustling have never been stopped. Then all the Governors who rule this very state, who also have vast knowledge about the Jonglei. Failed to bring peace among the communities living there. All their efforts exhausted and they couldn’t do anything to serve this state from falling apart hitherto. But will Denay succeed in bringing peace in Jonglei?
Now who’s Denay Jock Chagor, the Lost Boy to lead this delicate State and who have no knowledge about what has been boiling the land? Per my understanding, it’s unfortunate that the SSOA leadership had nominated someone who has never been a leader of a small community association let alone the Jonglei State. Therefore, this is a sign that South Sudan will never have peace at all. Moreover, a few weeks in the office of the Ministry of Higher Education, Cde Denay exposed his weaknesses by releasing the $3M in the name of students schooling in foreign countries, but only a few students received 20$ each in Egypt. Then the rest of the money disappeared into thin air and their private accounts as it has been the culture of South Sudanese when one ascending to big political seat . So if Denay is incompetent to run a small sector like the Higher Education, what miracle are we going to expect in Jonglei?
The SSOA Coalition has shown us that they’re not caring about the well-being of the people of Jonglei. Though Pibor Administrative Area was detached from Jonglei still the conflict won’t end. It should be better if Denay bungle the entire South Sudanese in the Ministry of Higher Education than burying the whole Jonglei State because of the party nomination. Candidly, Denay didn’t deserve that gubernatorial seat for he is not familiar even with the path leading to Jonglei. But Jonglei deserves someone who has once interacted with the local communities and who knows what they like and what they don’t like. What’s reason why Johnson Olony was rejected?
Then the same thing ought to happen to Denay by those who need peace in the State of Jonglei than someone who will just come and sleep without fixing the problem. Even though the agreement said that, any party has right to bring its nominee, Denay isn’t the capable person for the job because he won’t change the situation in Jonglei. In conclusion, I’m urging the leadership of SSOA to desist from political wrangling and purge for the sake of peace in South Sudan.
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