No new counties in Pibor, Ruweng– authorities

No new counties in Pibor, Ruweng– authorities

Pibor Administrative Area has quashed claims advanced by Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) that new counties are being illegally created in the state.

On Monday, the SPLM-IO of the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar condemned the administrators of Pibor and Ruweng for ‘‘excluding them in the formation of the new counties and government in the two administrative areas’’.

‘‘The creation of new counties in Ruweng and Pibor Administrative Areas is illegal because it contradicts the decision of the President to revert the country to 10 states with 79 counties,” said Puok Both Baluang, SPLM-IO Director of Communication and Public Relations and Acting Press Secretary in the Office of the First Vice President.

“We condemn the formation of the government in the two administrative areas. It is illegal and violates the peace agreement as well because only the president has the power to appoint the constitutional post holders,” he added.

However, Minister of Information and Communication in the Pibor Administrative Area Jay Adangor said no new counties were formed beside the previous counties established when Pibor broke away from Jonglei State in 2014.

“We have not created new counties. The seven counties of Greater Pibor when it was promoted to Buma State are the ones that we have just returned to,” said Adangor.

“The letter that we received from the presidency said Greater Pibor will remain with its former counties. When it said former counties, we have seven counties so we have to return to the seven counties,” he added.

Authorities of the Ruweng Administrative Area were not immediately available to comment on the matter by the time of going to the press.

Chapter of the R-ARCSS provides that only the President shall appoint states including administrative constitutional position holders. 

Parties to the revitalized agreement have remained with less than one and half years to complete the outstanding tasks. Among these tasks is the need to complete the formation of the state governments and administrative areas. The state members of parliament are also yet to be named.