There is No Jur Chol Tribe but Luo Tribe in Western Bahr el Ghazal State: Speaker

The Western Bahr el Ghazal State Legislative Assembly Speaker Andrea Mayar Acho has strongly denounced and warned those calling the ethic Luo tribe of Western Bahr el Ghazal state as Jur Chol.

There is No Jur Chol Tribe but Luo Tribe in Western Bahr el Ghazal State:  Speaker
Western Bahr el Ghazal State Legislative Assembly Speaker Andrea Mayar Acho. [James Deng Dimo]

By James Deng Dimo

WAU, 26 April 2013 [Gurtong] - “Those people who are nicknaming us as Jur Chol must stop it, and should identify as by our main origin tribe which is Luo,” said Acho who is from Luo tribe.

“The name Jur Chol only remains on us as a nickname which is imposed on us by Dinka and it is an acceptable to call the main tribe of Luo in the Country today,” he said.

The issue of Jur Chol has been an issue which is facing Luo tribe and making it difficult when they are accessing their National IDs Card in South Sudan with the national ministry of interior within Wau and Juba.

Many Luo tribes had been optioning to leave without processing their IDs when it happen that they are called Jur Chol but some said they are forced by the administration to accept the tribe name Jur Chol.

Some Luo communities in the country had been throughout complaining that if other local tribes in the country failed to recognize them, then the government of South Sudan which is responsible for issuing the national documents should not behave like them.

“We had been finding it difficult along our ways to get national IDs in the name of our tribe just like other tribes in the country,” he said.

Luo in Africa continent are several ethno linguistically related ethic groups in Africa that inhabited an area ranging from South Sudan, Western Bahr el Ghazal state Wau with the presence of some in Western Kenya, Northern Uganda, Ethiopia, DRC Congo and in Mara region of Tanzania which similar spoken language known as Dholuo.

Luo group include the Shilluk, Anuak, Acholi, Lango, Alur, Padhola, Joluo (Kenyan and Tanzanian Luo), Bor, and Kumam.

The Jo-luo and their language Dholuo are also known as the "Luo proper", being eponymous of the larger group in Africa which current US president Barrack Obama and other leading political figures like Rally Odinga of Kenya and former Sudan Bishop Ireneu Dut Wein from Wau come from. The level of historical separation between these groups is estimated at about eight centuries.

Dispersion from the Nilotic homeland in South Sudan of Western Bahr el Ghazal state was presumably triggered by the turmoil of the Muslim conquest of Sudan, and the migration of the individual groups over the last few centuries that included their historical grandfathers background can to some extent be traced in the respective tribes' oral history.

Numbering between 100,000 to 900,000, the Jo-Luo are found in Wau, and Aweil districts.

Their main settlement towns are Wau, Mapel, Udici, Alel, Thony, Barmayen, Kwajieno, Roc-Roc dong, Kangi, Kayongo, Atido and Umbili.

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28/04/2013, 12:25 PM
 - Posted by Jacob Akol
Hon Mayar Acho is right. It were time people were given the appropriate name they know themselves as. The name 'Jurchol' should be discarded in all official documentations in favour of Luo.

The Dinka, and perhaps other 'nationalities' or 'tribes' if you like which have been misnamed by foreigners, will find it hard to disown the name Dinka, in spite of the fact that the vast majority of the Dinka know themselves as 'Jieng' or 'Muonyjang', with the word 'Jieng often pronounced 'Jienge' by other tongues.

We as South Sudan still have a lot to straighten out. For example, People, even government officials, continue to wrongly spell my old school 'Kuacjok' as 'Kuajok'. Why do they throw the 'c' away? because aid agencies during the war put it in their records as 'Kuajok' and no one has bothered to correct this, not even officials in Kuacjok, many who went to school there.

There is a litany of misspelled names on any South Sudan's map, largely originating from our past connections with Khartoum and map-makers there. Our universities should begin to work on these issues.

Jiel Akol
02/05/2013, 2:46 AM
 - Posted by Karlo Uchalla

The statement of Mr. Andrea Mayar has contradicted the reality of the tribe name and from my point of view I knew that the word Chol has a different meaning in Luo than the one Dinka or other tribes use in Western Bahr Elghazal. Luo is the name referred to a group of tribes including Balanda Bor in Western Bahr Elghazal and Shilluk, Anuak, Acholi and also Luo in Kenya.
If Mr. Andrea Mayar wants to correct the whole name Jur Chol, then I suggest that the word Chol should be omitted instead, because any corrections to the whole name must also accompanied by corrections to the names of Jur River and Jur Bridge in Wau Western Bahr Elgazal.
If Mr. Andrea Mayar, believed that the name Jur Chol is imposed by Dinka also he should believe that the name Jur River and Jur River Bridge was also imposed politically to Suwee River or Wau bridge in Western Bahr Elgazal State. Therefore, any changes that Mr. Andrea Mayar demanding to the whole name of Jur Chol must be accompanied by changes to anything bearing the name of Jur and these will include Jur River and Jur River Bridge in Western Bahr Elgazal.
Luo is an umbrella name which all these tribes came under and Jur Chol is one of the tribe under Luo and they are known historically as Luo Jo Pa Dimo and I believed that Mr. Mayar should claim Luo Jo Pa Dimo as the official name to be used instead of claiming Luo name which represent many tribes within South Sudan or neighboring countries to be used as a name for a single tribe.

Karlo B. Uchalla
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