Aweil community leaders call for Governor Ngor’s dismissal

Aweil community leaders call for Governor Ngor’s dismissal
Tong Akeen Ngor, Northern Bahr el Ghazal Governor (photo credit: PPU)

Community leaders in Aweil West County, headed by the prominent businessman, Ayii Duang Ayii, have called on President Salva Kiir to remove the incumbent Northern Bahr el Ghazal Governor Tong Akeen Ngor accusing the latter of destabilising peace in the state.

They accused Governor Aken of violating the revitalised peace agreement and Presidential Order that created 10 states and 79 counties by illegally annexing Ajuet and Chimel areas to Aweil Municipality.

The group claims the move has created border disputes and division among the community in Aweil West County.

“SPLM leadership should withdraw the current governor and subsequently appoint a competent SPLM cadre to restore the lost unity for the people of greater Mading Aweil since the current governor remains a dividing factor of Aweil State,” said Mr Duang.

Speaking during a press conference at South Sudan Hotel, in Buluk on Thursday, Mr Ayii called on Aken to revoke his decision which the group said was polarising. 

The Secretary of Aweil West Community in Juba, Michael Akol Wek warned that maintaining Governor Aken would jeopardise the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

“Otherwise the ongoing political crisis in Northern Bahr El Ghazal jeopardise the RTGoNU smooth partnership and mutual understanding that our President H, E Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit has signed with other peace partners,” said Akol.

Governor Aken was yet to respond to the accusation by the elites who also said the annexation of Ajuet and Chimel to Aweil Municipality should follow legal procedures under the peace agreement.

However, a letter referenced No; RSS/FVP/1/36/1, dated October 11, 2021, and addressed to Governor Aken by the First Vice President Dr Riek Machar clarified the location of Ajuet and Chimel and called on Governor Aken to return the administration of the two areas to Aweil West County.

The letter in which The City Review obtained its copy gave details of the previous local governance of the county, pointed out that since Aweil Town Municipality was established; the two Payams have never been part of the town.

“Following our conversation this evening 31 October, 2021on Ajuet and Chimel, falling within the Aweil West County administration at Nyamiel and reference to my later to H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the Republic, dated 7/9/2021 on the above issue,” partly read the letter.

“If there was any attempt in 2015 by Governor Joseph Mareng Akuei Ajok to annex Ajuet and Chimel to the town, this was not approved. The facts above show clearly that Ajuet and Chimel have always been part of Aweil West County.

“In the light of the above, direct the administrations, administrators, police Inspectors and chiefs of Ajuet and Chimel Payams to report to Nyamiel as the Payams fall within Aweil West County,” a letter signed by Dr Machar finally read.

Mr Duang said Governor Aken should have respected the directive of Dr Machar as a popular demand of the people of Aweil West County to prevent the ongoing dispute and instability in the county.   

“We, the community of Aweil West County in Juba do hereby support the later written by H.E the First Vice President Dr Riek Machar Teny and previous dissolution of 32 states to ten states and three Administrative Areas with 79 counties,” said Mr Duang.