Governor Akeen denies undermining Machar

Governor Akeen denies undermining Machar
Tong Akeen Ngor, Northern Bahr el Ghazal Governor (photo credit: PPU)

The office of the Governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State has dismissed accusations levelled against Governor Tong Akeen Ngor that he defied the directive of the First Vice President Dr Riek Machar Teny.

Ngor’s office issued a statement on Friday last week stating that the circulated information regarding Ajuet and Chimel (Meriem East and Meriem West Payams respectively) in Aweil West County was not authentic.
The governor’s office said the accusations had been constructed by the “adversaries of peace and stability in Northern Bahr El Ghazal State in particular and South Sudan in general.”

“The office of the Governor of NBGS would kindly like to clarify to the general public that the Government of Northern Bahr El Ghazal State under Hon. Governor Tong Akeen Ngor is fully committed to the implementation of the Revitalised Peace Agreement on Conflict Resolution in the Republic of South Sudan. Hence, the Governor is so much devoted to working for peace and stability in the state.”

“The General Public should be informed that the office of the governor did not up to the present moment receive any official letter from the office of the First Vice President,” read the statement.

“The Governor didn’t and will never defy any Constitutional and Executive directives from the First Vice President H.E. Dr Riek Machar Teny as being alleged by different media outlets.”

The statement noted that the First Vice President overpowers the state authority meaning that there was no way the governor would defy Dr Machar.

The letter further denied ordering the annexation of Ajuet and Chimel and also rubbished the accusation of mobilising the two communities of Ajuet Mawein Diing and Chimel Kuac to protest against the FVP directives.

Call to depose Governor

On Thursday last week, a businessman named Ayii Duang Ayii and the leaders of Aweil West County urged President Salva Kiir Mayardit to depose the Governor of Northern Bahr El Ghazal State Tong Akeen Ngor.

The group accused the governor of violating the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, prompting instability in the state.

The governor was also accused of disobeying the Presidential Order pertaining to the establishment of 10 states and 79 counties through the annexation of Ajuet and Chimel payams to Aweil Municipality.

“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,” Duang said.

“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.”

Ayii urged Governor Aken to cancel his decision that the group viewed as being divisive. The group expressed fears that instability would return should the governor remain in the state.

Letter sent

In a letter dated October 11, 2021, with the reference number RSS/FVP/1/36/1, the First Vice President Dr Riek Machar Teny is said to have directed the governor Tong Akeen Ngor to return administration of Ajuet and Chimel to Aweil West County.

“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,” read the statement.

“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.”