Women discontented on governors’ appointment

By Nema Juma

Women group activist are dissatisfied with the SPLM party for failing to nominate a female to be appointed as State governor.

According to the agreement chapter 1 Article 1.4.4 talks about the provision of the Transition constitution of the Republic of South Sudan and R-ARCSS on the participation of women that was increased to 35% in the executive should be observed.

In particular, women nomination to the council of Ministers, the SPLM part and affiliates shall nominate not less than six (6) women, SPLM-IO shall nominate not less than three and the SSOA shall nominate one.    

Speaking to Juba Monitor on Phone yesterday, the Executive Director for Voice for Change, Dorothy Drabuga  said they are so much disappointed with the SPLM for not appointing two women as State governors, adding that at least the SPLM-IO have included  one women as  governor of Western Bhar-el-ghazal .

“The government has many states but they have not given to women, we are really disappointed and we are calling on the government to include the women in those remaining positions,” Drobga said.

She stated that the government has not respected the 35% women affirmative action, they have not observed it, they have not convinced the women all, “we call upon the government to re-visit the 35% according to the agreement,” she added.

Meanwhile the Executive Director of Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance (FODAG), Jame David Kolok  said that what the government have done is the total violation of article 1.4.4 of the Revitalized agreement in the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan as well as the article 15 subsection 4A of the 2011 transitional constitution as amended.

“As Civil society we expected that the major party like the SPLM party should be in the forefront of demonstrating recognizing women role including the process of this peace agreement. Excluding women that has been in fight for supporting the government right from the time of liberation struggle through the time of Referendum, through all the challenges they have faced in the last six years in violence, it will be a big blow for women,” Kolok said.

He said it was an fortunate to exclude women at this stage, we wish the President would have reserved his decision to ensure that women are really included in the gubernatorial slot or even at least include one women into the administrative areas, this has been our call,” he concluded.

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