Equatorian Caucus Calls For Inclusion of 23 Equatorian States in Salva Kiir’s 28 States!
Nov 11, 2015(Nyamilepedia) —- In a proposal signed by 52 Equatorian Parliamentary caucus, members of parliament from the three assemblies of Greater Equatoria call on president Salva Kiir to create more states in Equatoria.
Based on a consultative meeting held on 4th November by the National Legislature (NL), the caucus came up with additional states to be added to Salva Kiir’s recently imposed 28 states.
“Our consultative meeting held on 4th November 2015 National Legislature (NL), have come up with additional new proposed states as response of Equatoria to popular demand of our people established through wider consultation with the community” reads part of the statement.
The caucus proposed as twice as many new states in Equatoria as proposed by the Dinka Council of Elders and decreed by president Salva Kiir on October 2nd, 2015.
It’s yet to be confirmed if president Kiir will heed to their call and triple the number of states in Equatoria.
If approved, the 15 additional states will bring the total number of new states in Equatoria to 23 and the total number of states in the country to 43 states.
According to the proposal, the new Equatorian states would be established as follow:
a) Central Equatoria State:
- Central Equatoria state
- Juba South state
- Juba North state
- Juba West state
- Juba East State
b) Yei River State
- Yei River State
- Kajo-keji state
- Lainya state
- Morobo state
- Terkeka state
Eastern Equatoria state
a) Imotong state
- Torit state
- Ikwoto state
- Tingili state(Lafon and Imehejek)
- Atepi River state (Magwi and Pageri)
b) Namourunyang State
- Namorunyang state
- Moruangipi state
- Narus state
- Nahichio state
- Ngauro state
Western Equatoria State
- Amadi state
- Maridi state
- Yambio states
- Tombura state
Revealed by the Dinka Council of Elders, their initial proposal which lacks feasibility studies aimed to create 24 states in the country, however, an inner circle to the president added four more states bringing the total number of states to 28.
According to the regional bloc IGAD, TROIKA and EU, creation of more states violates the peace agreement, a call that is highly supported by the armed opposition, SPLM/SPLA.
The SPLM/SPLA [IO] leadership argues that it is illegal for Salva Kiir to create states as he lacks such powers.
Despite criticism, president Salva Kiir is committed to implement his Republican Decree no. 26/2015 AD.