Oct 14, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– The leader of the federal Democratic Party, one of the holdout armed factions in South Sudan’s conflict has come out with a proposal seeking creation of 36 states in the country as an option to address the dispute arising from the creation of 28 states.
Former youth minister Gabriel Changson Chang, who identifies himself as Chairman and Commander in Chief of the FDP/SSAF faction, said he came out with the proposal because the October 2, 2015 presidential establishment order by President Salva Kiir created land disputes between communities and made it impossible to enshrine the agreement into the current transitional constitution.
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President Kiir, on 2 October 2015, issued Presidential Order no.36/2015 for the establishment of 28 states in the Republic of South Sudan replacing the 10 states. “This Presidential Order created land disputes between communities and made it impossible to enshrine the agreement into the current transitional constitution. The FDP/SSAF Leadership proposes the below options as viable means for resolving the impasse created by the 28 states,” a 16 September proposal to media houses.
The proposal points out two options, either the president freezes the establishment order creating 28 states and reverts back to 10 states or issue another order expanding the number of states to 36 as the alternative option.
He proposes Upper Nile state to be split into five separate states, unity state into three states, Jonglei state into six states, Eastern Equatoria states into two states, Raja as a state of its own. The proposal, however, did not break up Lakes, Aweil , Tonj, Aweil East, Amadi, Maridi, Gbudue, Jubek, Terekeka and Yei.
In October.04, Dr. Peter Adwok Nyaba told Nyamilepedia press that it is a truism that ‘war is better than a bad peace’ and this is pertinent in the context of South Sudan. The ‘Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan’ (ARCISS) the Inter-Governmental Authority on Desertification (IGAD) brokered for two years, and the parties signed in August 2015, has collapsed consequent to lack of political will to implement it.
“On very disturbing news is coming from Juba that there is underground consultation with their difference stakeholder and president, Salva Kiir in collaboration with the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai for the two to reduce number of states in the country from 28 to 7,” proposed by the Jieng Council of Elders.