March 14, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — On behalf of the Upper Nile Youth Committee in SPLM(IO) and on my own behalf, we condemn and reject the detachment of Malakal town from Makal county in the strongest terms possible.
This happened yesterday on 12th March, 2021 after a meeting between H.E. Dr. Riak Machar Teny, Martin Elia Lomoro, Hon. Tut Gatluak and Hon. Obudhok Ayang. The resolution of their meeting was to detach Makal county from its original headquarter Malakal town to Wau Collo. This move was unconstitutional and lacks legal bases since there is no article or constitutional right to give them the power to do so.
The detachment of Malakal town from Makal county is a total violation of the Constitution of South Sudan and the peace agreement since the agreement was based on 10 states.
What happened yesterday was a betrayal to the cause of our struggle and it’s also contrary to the TBC report which clearly indicates Malakal town being part of the greater Makal county. This is an act to jeopardize the peace agreement .
Malakal town as the capital of Makal county was established based on the former British colonial districts of 1956 and later was witnessed during the signing of the CPA which gave Collo Kingdom the ownership of the land by the late Dr. John Garage De Mabior, the former Chairman and Commander in chief of SPLM/A based on the historical fact.Therefore, Dr Riek Machar, Dr. Elia, Tut Gatluak and obudhok Ayang have no power to detach Malakal town from Makal county without consulting the owners of the land.
Separating the municipality from county is an act of land grabbing and is just a political game trying to create confusion and division between the people of upper Nile since in other states municipality and county capital exist in the same town for example Juba municipality and Juba county headquarter are all located in Juba town .
Sacrifices made by the SPLA(IO) and Agwelek Forces to achieve a better South Sudan and defend their land cannot go in vain, no human power on this earth will be able to take Malakal ownership from Collo Kingdom. Malakal will remain forever and ever the Land of Collo Kingdom no matter what.
In conclusion, we call on our people to be optimistic since all historical documents prove the ownership of the land of Malakal belongs to the Collo People. Let us be hopeful and peace will prevail.
Cde. Omojok Obac
Chairperson of Upper Nile Youth Committee SPLM(IO).
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