By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan
February 7, 2016, (SSB) —- What are 28 states and the federal government? When the government of South Sudan declared a long awaited SPLM vision of “taking towns to people” on Oct 2, 2015, under leadership of Excellency President Salva Kiir Mayaardit, the SPLM party did not defined 28 states as what or like what?, just they talked of bringing services closer to people. But it is literally known as a figure of mathematical methodology (28 states).
And in my own understanding, the definition and concept of 28 states in the Republic of South Sudan and federal government have no differences as people were been complaining about federalism since 1947, and they had raised the issue two years back. The 28 states are self-governing states or political entities in one party called SPLM characterized by union of SPLM partially self-governing states or regions under central government in Juba, while federal government is the same coin of the same side as a Latin word, “foedus” mean “covenant” with more understanding federal states.