Federalism is not division – K Mulla
By: Kitab A Unango
The Federal system of governance is the viable scheme if implemented and will unite as well as protecting the interest of South Sudanese, said the National Minister of Federal Affairs Richard K Mulla.
Richard said federalism did not mean the previous divisive system known as “Kokora” which centered on regionalization based on ethnicity.
“The Federal government which is the popular demand of the people of South Sudan should not be misunderstood. It is not kokora but it is devolution of powers and resources `between the three levels of government,” Richard said.
“The devolution of powers of national government, state and the local government and which powers they exercise and that will protect the interest of the state and the unity of diversity”, he added during the closing session of a two day training workshop for journalists on accurate reporting on federalism at Pyramid Hotel in Juba yesterday.
According to Minister Richard, his ministry was facing oppositions in its efforts to ensuring realization of federalism as a popular demand of the citizens of the country, coupled with lack of funding.
“Many people have misconception that federalism is Kokora and that it will divide the people of South Sudan. Of course Kokora was very divisive indeed and because of that it has made a very serious opposition,” Richard said.
“My ministry has not been supported at all. It does not have budget and even the political will to enable it to do its works,” he added.
The training was conducted by the Federal Affairs Ministry in collaboration with International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Affairs (IDEA), funded by Dutch and Swiss governments.
The Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-RCRSS) as well as three regional national dialogue conferences’ resolutions provided for federal system in South Sudan.