President Salva Kiir’s Presidential Decree for Establishment of 28 States (click on the PDF)
By PaanLuel Wël, Juba, South Sudan
Map of the 28 states decreed by President Kiir on 2 October 2015
October 5, 2015 (SSB) — One of the chief “wisdom” being bandied around concerning the recent decree by President Kiir is that his unilateralism is somehow a direction violation of the signed IGAD peace accord.
Given the fact that IGAD peace accord was itself imposed on the warring parties, at least on the gov’t, how can a unilateral peace accord be breached by a unilateral decision from the president? Which unilateralism violate the other, logically speaking? Sometimes, we work ourselves up bashing President Kiir to the point of self-delusion.
Good enough, Riek Machar and Salva Kiir have unveiled their “contentious” forms of federalism. Equatorians should now. At least, South Sudanese may then have a meaningful debate from there, based on competing merits and demerits of the various forms and systems of federalism presented.
As I wrote the other day, this is pure politicking between KiiRiek and their fanatical supporters. Riek Machar makes a political tool out of federalism to court Equatorians and Salva Kiir responded in kind.
Both are now back to square one.
This real-politicking has nothing to do with peace and development; to think it is, or has to be, is the beginning of confusion. Stop it.
PaanLuel Wël, the managing editor of PaanLuel Wel: South Sudanese Bloggers (SSB), graduated with a double major in Economics and Philosophy from The George Washington University, Washington D.C, USA. He is the author of Return in Peace (R.I.P) Dr. John Garang and Who Killed Dr. John Garang and also the Editor of the essential speeches and writings of the late SPLM/A leader, Dr. John Garang, published as The Genius of Dr. John Garang, vol. 1-3. You can reach him through his email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook page