Chagor faces opposition over appointments

Chagor faces opposition over appointments

Some Jonglei State residents have criticised the recent Gubernatorial Decree issued by the area governor Deenay Jock Chagor for the appointments of director-generals in the state ministries. 

A politician who declined to be named said he was not authorised to speak to the media on the state issues said Governor Chagor (pictured) did not follow the right procedures in his appointments.

The politician said it was the role of the council of ministers to pass the appointees through a resolution based on their technocrat qualifications.

“Only ministers can be appointed like that because they are assisted by Director-Generals. For example, a person who has studied finance, livestock or health because you cannot be a Director-General and you do not know how to [administer] the medicine. Such thing can bring mess up,” the official said.

The source said the nine ministers from the SPLM are expected to hold a meeting over the matter and reach a decision.

Disenfranchised

Some citizens of Jonglei State among them civil activists also took to social media and criticized the appointment. They said there was partiality in the distribution of the positions of the director-generals to the four areas in the state. 

Kuol Juuk, a citizen of Jonglei expressed dissatisfaction saying Greater Fangak and Greater Akobo were given 14 director-generals as Greater Bor and Pigi County only received three. 

“Was the ratio not supposed to be Greater Bor (5), Greater Fangak (5), Greater Akobo (5) and Pigi County (2)?” Juuk asked in a Facebook post. “In this list, Greater Bor is having two DGs (Director Generals) only (No. 4 and 10). No 11 is from Pigi County. Other 14 DGs are from Greater Fangak and Greater Akobo.”

Deng Bol, a prominent Jonglei State civil activist also said the governor had violated major provisions of the accord on principles of inclusivity, diversity and observation of equity and 35 per cent affirmative action of women representation.

“Article 1.18.9 and 1.4.6 of R-ARCSS 2018 states that institutions and mechanisms that are necessary for the establishment of RTGoNU provided for in this agreement shall be established or reconstituted during the pre-transitional period taking into consideration inclusivity and national diversity of the people of South Sudan.”

He advised that Governor Chagor and his Deputy Antipas Nyok should sit down and adjust the Gubernatorial order.

He stressed that some of the director-generals should be replaced with women so that 35 per cent of women affirmative action would be ensured.

Decree

The state director-generals were appointed on October 21, 021 in a Gubernatorial Decree. 

Governor Chagor cited article 99 (2) (a) of the Transitional Constitution of the government of Jonglei State, 2011.

“I Deenay Jock Chagor, Governor of Jonglei State, do hereby issue this Gubernatorial Order for the Appointment of the State Director Generals of all Ministries in Jonglei State as hereunder,” read the order.

Biel Mayen Yuel was appointed as the Director-General in the State Ministry of Cabinet Affairs while Bashir Deng Kuar was appointed as the Director-General in the State Ministry of Local Government and Law Enforcement.

Puok Nyang Tutjiek was appointed into the State Ministry of Peace Building as its Director-General while Samuel Lazaro was appointed as the Director-General in the State Ministry of Parliamentary and Legal Affairs.

Duol Kuey Deng was appointed as the Director-General in the State Ministry of Information and Communication while Mathew Puol Ruot was appointed into the State Ministry of Cultures, Youths and Sports as its Director-General.

Chuol Lony Yian was appointed as the Director-General in the State Ministry of Finance, Planning and Investment while Dak Makuach Thai was appointed as Director-General in the State Ministry of Trade and Industries.

Billy Peter Chuol was appointed as the Director-General in the State Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Forestry while Geu Wunthony Gak was appointed into the State Ministry of Animal Resources, Fisheries and Tourism.

Moses Nyok Mijok was appointed as the Director-General in the State Ministry of Cooperative and Rural Development while Mayian Biel Deng was appointed as the Director-General of the State Ministry of Housing, Lands and Public Utilities.

Dagash Pathot Guok was appointed into the State Ministry of Roads and Bridges as its Director-General while Pur Thok Gok was appointed as Director-General in the State Ministry of Labour, Public Services and Human Resources Development.

Chol Kueth Kulong was appointed as the Director-General in the State Ministry of Health while Ruot Yoal Nyuon was appointed as Director-General in the State Ministry of General Education and Instruction.

Elijah Mayen Lul was appointed as the Director-General in the State Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare.

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