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Renowned Juba University professor suspended for supporting return to 10 states

Professor Taban Lo Liyong during an Interview with Eye Radio/Jan 31 2020 Photo: Eye Radio/Okot Emmanuel

February 12th 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – A renowned Juba university professor has been suspended by the Vice Chancellor of Juba after writing a letter to a US delegation urging the Trump Administration to pressure government to return to ten states.

In a letter dated February 10, the Vice Chancellor of Juba charged Professor Taban Lo Liong of inciting what the administration said was “ethnic hatred” and “bringing the name of the University of Juba into disrepute.”

“Based on the above concerns, the Vice-Chancellor has directed your suspension from your duties…pending investigation by a committee to be constituted to look into the case,” the letter reads.

In public letter to a US delegation in Juba recently led by Tibor Nagy, Liong urged the American government to pressure the government of South Sudan into accepting the return of the country to the previous 10 states citing ethnic confusion the creation of 32 states in 2015 has created.

“There are people who created this to corner the resources of the country to help them and look up to their political and economic affairs… [But] constitution doesn’t work like that,” Professor Lo Liong in the letter seen by Nyamilepedia.

The government and opposition groups signed a revitalized version of a 2015 peace agreement but a unity government provided for in the agreement could not be formed because the parties are unwilling to resolve the dispute on the number and boundaries of states.

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