Governor Chagor given 72 hours to revoke decree

Governor Chagor given 72 hours to revoke decree
Deenay Jock Chagor, Jonglei State Governor (photo credit: courtesy)

The Jonglei State Workers’ Trade Union has petitioned Governor Deenay Jock Chagor and gave him 72 hours to revoke a Gubernatorial Decree for state appointments.

The union threatened that if the governor fails to respond to their request, they would take harsh measures. 

“We write to urge your leadership to consider this appeal and act accordingly within three days (72 hours) upon receiving this petition, failure to do the needful; the Workers’ Trade Union will be left with no option but to exploit other measures within our reach,” they said.

“It is, therefore, upon this understanding on realising how un-procedural this order is that, the leadership of WTU, on behalf of the entire Jonglei Civil Servants, hereby petition your esteemed office to unconditionally revoke the Gubernatorial Order NO. 4/2021.”

They said the appointments were unfair and were a violation of public service laws or procedures that regulate the employment of civil servants.

The letter called for the right quota in employment citing the public service Act, 2011, claiming that the gubernatorial order had strayed from the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. They added that the appointment role is not the sole responsibility of the governor but must involve the ministries.

The letter said that the appointments are carried out according to the academic merits of the employees.

Earlier criticism

This follows a recent incident in which some residents in Jonglei State criticised the Gubernatorial Decree issued by the area governor Deenay Jock Chagor for the appointments of director-generals in the state ministries. 

Juuk Kuol Juuk who is a resident in Jonglei said, “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 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.

Bol later revealed that he had received threats from some government officials and security elements.

Appointment

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.

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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