Suspended: Cabinets of Western Bahr al Ghazal and Jonglei States

The First Vice-President of the Republic of Sudan and President of the Government of South Sudan (GoSS), Lt. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, has issued a decree suspending the recently appointed cabinets of the two states of Western Bahr al Ghazal State (WBGS) and Jonglei State (JS).

In a telephone interview from Wau (capital of WBGS) with the Gurtong correspondent in Khartoum, one of the members of the now suspended cabinet - who declined to be named - stated that the president of GoSS had suspended the WBGS cabinet. Brigadier Mark Nypoch, the Governor of WBGS had been asked to re-submit the nomination of cabinet members to his office in Juba, upon his return from the United States of America. The GoSS in Juba will then scrutinise the list before his approval.

According to the sources in Wau, Kiir Mayardit, stated that the Southern State governors were appointed by the President of the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) and had no right to appoint cabinets on their own without consulting the President of the GoSS unless they (the governors) were elected.
In addition, according to the decree received from Juba on Sunday, October 30 2005, the President of the GoSS stated that only governors who were elected in the general election would be eligible to appoint ministers in their states. The Interim governments in the Southern states would all be appointed with the consent of the President of the Government of South Sudan following consultations with advisors on the nominations.

Speaking in anonymity, the cabinet member gave the reason for the dissolution of the two cabinets to be based on the complaints raised by the Nuer MPs in South Sudan who complained on being marginalized by the SPLM.
The decision by President Kiir came as a result of his response to the complaints filed by the Nuer and the South Sudan Defense Forces(SSDF), who claim that they have been neglected in the Government of National Unity (GoNU), the GoSS as well as the state cabinets, thereby demanding for reconsideration.

Western Bahr al Ghazal and Upper Nile States are well known states in South Sudan that have a good number of militias or other armed groups (OAG). Sources in Wau confirmed to Gurtong that some tribes in Western Bahr al-Ghazal State complained that they are neglected though they are the majority in the State. This has been backed up with claims from women in Wau complaining of misrepresentation in the suspended cabinet. They are demanding for fair representation in the cabinet according to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that grants women 25% representation.


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