Press Statement of Jieng Council of Elders on the Creation of 28 States
By The Jieng Council of Elders,
Juba, South Sudan.
Thursday, Oct 8, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The recent decision by President Salva Kiir to establish 28 states in the Republic of South Sudan has generated a great deal of excitement among our people, and rightly so. To many South Sudanese, the creation of more states fulfills long-expressed desire by our communities all over the country to be given control over the running of their own affairs. By issuing a Republican Order 36/2015 AD that establishes these states from the former colonial districts with some slight modifications designed to reflect among other economic viability and security concerns, President Kiir proves that he seriously listens to the popular demand of our people, and we would like to congratulate him for this wise and timely decision.
Furthermore, we would also like to extend our sincere and heartfelt congratulations to our people for finally getting their demand answered and urge them to seize this great opportunity to advance their collective welfare and wellbeing. In fact the establishment order the President issued greatly reflects the objective of this popular demand. The SPLM vision of “taking towns to the people” which, the presidential order fulfills is anchored on the need to devolve political, administrative and economic power so as to improve livelihoods of the rural communities, reduce the size of the national government to free up more resources for use by state and local governments, promote economic and social development in the rural communities and encourage and attract national based expertise and deploy it in the states and counties.
In what amounts to nose-thumbing to the long-held and long-expressed demand of our people for a greater devolution of power, it has come to our attention that some diplomatic missions accredited to South Sudan are blatantly interfering with what is clearly our country’s administrative decision. In the camp of the foreign powers that are hell-bent to meddle with our internal affairs include the European Delegation to South Sudan, and Troika (US, UK and Norway).
While we appreciate the help the governments represented by these missions have and continue to render in order to help the warring parties implement the recently signed peace agreement, we strongly demand that they completely stay out of our sovereign and independent administrative decision-making process. Like any other sovereign and independent nation, the Republic of South Sudan deserves respect to independently make decisions that it deems to suit the interests and demands of its people.
Contrary to the unsubstantiated claim that President Kiir is somehow violating the Agreement for Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan by issuing an executive order, we see the creation of more states as making it possible to enhance peace and to end the suffering of our people. As shown by the level of happiness our people have expressed towards this order, we would like to urge all the peace loving people here in our country and the world over to respect this administrative decision and push for the implementation of the peace agreement.
Ambrose Riiny Thiik Joshua Dau Diu