President Kiir urges Jonglei youth to avoid discord

President Kiir urges Jonglei youth to avoid discord
Governor of Jonglei State Deenay Jock Chagor (left), President Salva Kiir Mayardit (centre) and Minister of Presidential Affairs Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin (right) in a meeting. [Photo: Presidential Press Unit].

President Salva Kiir has directed the youth of Jonglei State to embrace peaceful co-existence in the state.

President Kiir met with the Governor of Jonglei State, Deenay Jock Chagor, at the State House in Juba yesterday, where he communicated the message of peace.

The governor briefed President Kiir on the security situation in Jonglei State, especially on the peace workshops, flooding and road construction.

Governor Chagor gave an assurance that the security situation in Jonglei State was calm following waves of instability.

“H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit urged the youth of Jonglei State to get involved in peace activities that would contribute to the stability of the state and its neighbours,” read the statement from the office of the President.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin.

The gubernatorial press also revealed that a two-day peace conference between the Greater Pibor Administrative Area and Jonglei State was underway in Juba. The conference was convened by the UNMISS department of civil affairs.

The roundtable discussion aims to promote peaceful coexistence between the two areas.

A similar roundtable discussion was held last month in the Jonglei State capital, Bor, which was attended by county commissioners, women’s and youth representatives.

Chagor’s criticism

Governor Chagor faced criticism last month over the appointment of director generals in the state.

Jonglei State Workers’ Trade Union and civil servants petitioned him over the appointment of the Director Generals, claiming the governor did not follow the right procedures.

The Workers’ Trade Union gave him 72 hours to revoke his decree, which he ignored, and the union later complained that they were threatened by the governor after he summoned them.

If the necessary steps are not taken, the Workers’ Trade Union will be forced to resort to other means at our disposal.”

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

The letter called for the right employment quota, quoting the public service Act, 2011, and claiming that the gubernatorial order was outside the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.

They added that the appointment role was not the sole responsibility of the governor but must involve the Council of Ministers in the state.

The letter indicated that the appointments were supposed to be carried out according to the academic merits of the employees.

Appointment

The state director-generals were appointed on October 21, 2021, by a Gubernatorial Decree. Governor Chagor cited article 99 (2) (a) of the Transitional Constitution of the government of Jonglei State, 2011.

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