South Sudan’s National Dialogue wants the country’s return to three greater regions

Three South Sudanese regions (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

November 15th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s National Dialogue (SSND) has proposed the return of South Sudan to the initial three provincial system which was there during the British colonization.

The steering committee on October 23rd 2018 proposed and endorsed a document titled “Proposal on Reorganization of South Sudanese States”. The document seek to organize the states of South Sudan based on the colonial districts.

However,the document did not mention about the controversial 32 states established by President Kiir in October 2015 and January 2017 pointing to the failure of the 10-state administrative system inherited from Sudan saying it had not worked without pointing to any evident.

The latest text proposed to revert back to the three colonial provinces of Bahr el Ghazal, Equatoria and Upper Nile and to restore with it the same subdivision of administrative districts as they had existed before.

According to the text, Bahr el-Ghazal will be subdivided to “seven districts as they stood before independence as ­ Aweil; Gogrial; Lakes; Eastern Lakes; Raga; Tonj; and Wau, with their colonial district capitals”.

“Equatoria should revert back to its colonial districts of Juba; Kapoeta; Maridi; Tombura; Torit; Yei; and Yambio,” the text added with “Upper Nile reverts back to its districts of Akobo; Bentiu; Bor; Kodok; Malakal; Nasir; Pangak; and Renk.”

“You can call these states or regions, whatever names or titles you wish. The idea is to rethink the type of administrative reforms from here because these were the only administrative formations that South Sudanese political rivals did not contest,” the document further added.