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GOVERNORS in fear over states’ reduction

By: Kitab A Unango

Governors of the 32 states and the Abyei Area Administrator have warned of escalating insecurity in the country should the current number of states be reduced.

The number of the current 32 states has been a contentious matter among parties to the Revitalized Peace Agreement, pending formation of interim government on 22nd this month.

President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar have failed to reach a common ground over the issue in their recent face to face meeting in Addis Ababa.

The government maintains its ground on the 32 states and Abyei while the main opposition ascended down to 10 states plus Abyei.

After the failure of the talks in Addis Ababa, President Kiir was granted five days to consult the citizens after they failed to agree on the states’ number. 

The IGAD said the issue of number and boundaries of states was an internal matter of South Sudanese whose solution should come from South Sudanese themselves.

Speaking to the press on behalf of the governors in Juba yesterday, Afrikano Monde insisted that the current 32 states was the popular demand of the citizens and any attempt to reduce it to either 23 or to former ten states would take the country back to a situation beyond control.

“It is a threat that will not only threaten the Revitalized Peace Agreement but it can threaten the stability of our country and the catastrophic result will be far more beyond the powers to control by the regional and international body,” Monde said.

Governor Monde said the government of national unity should be formed on time to allow people to return home to rebuild their lives and the matter be resolved.

“The formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of Nationals Unity must be as scheduled and any impeding issues should be addressed through Constitution Review Commission or through popular consultation,” Monde added.

“We encourage that let the resolutions of the National Dialogue through the regional conferences be considered because they were issued by all the leaders of all walks of lives in South Sudan during an open air conference.”

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