An Open Letter To Jonglei State Governor Philip Aguer Panyang

Posted: January 8, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Columnists, Commentary, Contributing Writers, Letters, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers

By Jok Mayom, Juba, South Sudan

Governor Agwer Panyang

The newly appointed governor of Jonglei state, Col. Philip Agwer Panyang, with Defense Minister Gen. Kuol Manyang Juuk and Information Minister Michael Makwei Lueth in Bor, Jonglei state

January 8, 2016 (SSB)  —-  First and foremost, Your Excellency Philip Aguer Panyang, allow me to congratulate you for the selection made by the people of Twic Community and Greater Bor at large not forgetting His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the Republic of South Sudan for his trust bestowed upon the selection owing to your new job as Governor of new Jonglei State.

Little did the people of the Republic of South Sudan know that H.E President Kiir Mayardit was ever going to make such a decision for creating the 28 States in the Republic of South Sudan, in most needed time you finally came to what people said your once a dream.

Following the Presidential Order on October 02nd 2015 cited as “Establishment Order No. 36/2015 for the creation of 28 states” in the decentralized Governance System, you become the governor of Jonglei State under Order 4 subsection 4.23 alongside 9 governors of the Upper Nile Based which Jonglei falls in the formally regional base.

Law makers said the powers vested upon him [President Kiir], under article 101 (k) and (u) mandates the president to establish independent institutions and perform any other function as prescribed by the law. That make the order sounds paramount.

Thousands of South Sudanese in the capital Juba and across the former ten states of South Sudan joyously celebrated the Establishment Order No. 36/2015 as well as the appointment of the governors making the Christmas different from other Christmas festive celebrated in the Country.

As I begin the flow of my open letter Your Excellency, the creation of 28 States in the decentralized Republic of South Sudan will be seen as the long overdue “Implementation of Dr. John Garang Vision of taking town to the people” and therefore, concern citizens need to air their views out for that matter on how services can be reached to them this time –I mean this time – of special need.

Your Excellency, I write this letter from the deepest concern of my sole heart, how I look at the sufferings and great gaps the people of Jonglei State have had. Our people have really been behind in terms of development, no good schools, health centers, roads, amongst others which I thought it is the time for services to reach them now since the powers have been downsize from the original state size to only now three counties of Greater Bor.

My article was to get directly to the nerves of the 28 states governors but because of the saying that charity begins at home, I proudly begins here with you for I have much corners I know in Jonglei unlike other states and because you are going to be my governor.

Your Excellency, your turn is number four among those who led Jonglei State with Philip Thon Leek (2005-2010), Kuol Manyang Juuk (2010-2013) and John Kong Nyuon (2013-2015) it was good for those governors during their time but little light was seen in the far ends of Cuei-Keer to Cuei-Thon in term of services delivery though some efforts were reached.

Your Excellency, as you prepare for your next cabinet, I would like to humbly bring to your attention and stress that you change the system, by bringing in youths to work with you in your new government. Records and history speaks better about Jonglei and Greater Bor in particular, as a matter of facts, Buor are amongst those in the Country who have reach nearly the last ladder of academic and so there would be no reason of recycling the former government officials when other fresh minds with fresh ideas are abundantly in big supply.

As if it is not enough, be reminded that nearly all those who have been in the state government have perform little to the people of Greater Bor from Cuei-keer to cuei-thon being their ministers of government officials and for that matter you need to bring in new faces this time to your government whose capability shall be to develop the state and deliver services most needed.

Furthermore, from your few priorities reported as you saying, amongst them the unity of the people, state building, peace and security. These are truly what the people yearn for in this dire situation and I must appreciate and applauds you for that but be reminded my governor that for services to be delivered well it needs tough people who can be able to put them in pipeline.

Your Excellency, you may recall that the people of Greater Bor were majorly affected by the crisis of December 2013 similarly to those in Greater Upper Nile, amongst your priorities should also include the home return of the people to their original land as well as making sure the security is hundred percent maintain.

Your Excellency, many people in Awerial or Minkaman internally displaced camp (IDPs) are majorly from Bor with more others that flock to Uganda and Kenya. you have a tough challenge ahead of you that is to either make our people of Greater Bor remain in the IDPs camps and Refugees Camps or bring them back, with that it will add your weight in your leadership and you shall hold record of Greater Bor.

Your Excellency, I know your capability when you were the SPLM/A spokesperson and for that I know you will surely make all successes possible to the people of Greater Bor communities.

In expenses of getting job by opportunist, Your Excellency, be humbly reminded to take keen look on those approaching you, it’s unfortunate and of course am forced to say this that some are gossipmongers who want to be your drivers to pull you to their individual interest which will not just end there but will tear the Unity of Greater Bor. My dear governor, please set your eyes on whoever is approaching you for any position in your government.

For the old faces who are struggling to be retained in their positions, they should come out in the broad day light and speak out what they have done to the people of Bor not just for the sake of getting position and solve one stomach.

I hearsay that the states cabinet ministers will be based on the Payams; Your Excellency, should that be true I bet it will not hold water in terms of services delivery as well as the inclusivity of gender equity unless we want to encourage clanism system which will later degrade the unity of Buor.

On that note, I would kindly suggest that you appoint people on merit of qualifications and capabilities noting that they come from all parts of the Greater Bor communities from Cuei-Keer to Cuei-Thon with that, the government will be strong and service delvery government that will make its people satisfied with the needs. Success and maburuk in your new job, happy New Year 2016 and may you work to deliver services, kill clanism, nepotism and the likes.

In a nutshells, as the saying goes “new brooms sweeps better” yes others may counter react that old brooms knows all the corners, but if I may ask “What corner and what have they done in those corners they know?” hence for those who are lobbying to retain their positions it is time to ask each and everyone to give you what he or she has done in Greater Bor in the past years. Civilians with open eyes are watching and will account for those who will claim to have done enough during their time.

Long Live Unity of Greater Bor! Long Live 28 States ! Long Live South Sudan !

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  1. “As of today which is Jan 2, 2016 after 88 years and 1 Day back to the time Bor Dinka and Thany Dinka were transfered to Duk Payuel District of Eastern Twi Dinka, Nyarweng Dinka, Hol Dinka, Duor Dinka and others. History has been corrected to it originality, that means the Eastern Twi Dinka, Nyarweng Dinka, Hol Dinka, Duor Dinka, Ric Dinka and other of Jonglei Dinkas have never been part of Bor District, period. So from today onward, we must have to respect people History as it is. History was part of our ancestors’ struggle over many generations. To repeat it again, Bor Dinka and Thany Dinka people truthfully who are currently in Bor County of Jonglei were part of Yirol District before they [Bor & Thany] were transfered to Duk Payuel District in Jan 1, 1928.
    According to The Upper Nile Province Handbook citations that was based on Khartoum archives:
    “The Dinka of Duk Faiwel [Payuen/Payul] District fall roughly of two parts, the Nyarreweng [Nyaweng/Nyarweng], (population. 10,000), Gol [Ghol or Hol], (population. 10,000) and Dwar [Duor] (Population. 3,000) on the north side and Twi [Twic], (Population. 70,000) on the south.” Page: 54
    “The police at Bor which will be added to the District [Duk Payuel District) on 1. 1.1928 are paid on Bhar el Ghazal rates, i.e from 35 pt plus a ration upwards. The police at Duk Faiwel [Payuel] were paid at the normal rates of Sudan government police and come under the police pension scheme.” Page: 55”


  2. Jok Mayom, either you did it through ignorance or something else. People like you who imposing your wrong names “Bor or Greater Bor Community” upon other Dinkas of Jonglei such as Eastern Twi Dinka/Greater Twic and Greater Duk of Nyarweng and Hol Dinkas and others. You have wasted your precious times for nothing. Don’t pretended to be in Juba. Twic East has possibly ways to leave you guys with whatever in new State because Twic Dinka people don’t depends their lives on bad way of living. Also, Twi people respect people who tell truth, have reservation when it comes to human beings bloodshed and respect of others by recognized them their rights and so.”

    “Twi people don’t need you the most our neighbor but you the Bor need Twi people the most. Thanks”


  3. “Bor Dinka, is a community where even a mature behave like child. It is something strength within Eastern Twi Dinka.” By TwicDinka Panda Group page


  4. David says:

    To the so-called Dinka Twic, enough is enough you should stop this kind of hatred please! This is a time for you now to voice your grievances in educated manner. you have a governor that came from your so-called Dinka Twic, just come out from your closet with all your complaints and put them on the table be look at for legitimacy. You can not make a change while you are in hiding, This is your chance to details all to you need to be changed before the newly state so that they can be incorporated into a new rules, you don’t have be scare because the governor is not from other community and he is from your area, you can meet him publicly or privately nobody care about what you are going to tell him. The only thing other should care the most is to hear what are your concerns. Brothers this is your time to form your team and then send them to South Sudan to voice your demand to the front of new jonglei state assemble. Do not miss it.


  5. Deng Ajak says:

    Dinka Twi Panda, you are child minded, division is not the way forward for intellectual people, your divisive agenda will end in vain. You are like those who claim from Bor South that they are the one who own name( Bor), what the hell the name Bor has for us as pretext, as been known by whole world not just South Sudan. i owned these names and i am pround of it, iam African, South Sudanese, Dinka, Bor, Twic, Nyuak, Awulain, Pandiing and Panayual, so which one is not my name here? so stop being naive in thinking, do you think are smart enough than our forefather and even Dr. John Garang?

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  6. The Bridge says:

    You are totally offside if I may say, Brother Drinka Twic Panda or whatever you call yourself. The ideology of “Twi and Bor” issue as it has been sung by the people of your type to the extent of naming themselves “Twi-Panda” God forbid, is left to those who are not learned. Please borrow a leave to be a unifying factor than be a dividing factor, someone who thinks in a very small angle.
    Piece of Advice: If you reply this message please indicate your real name and your location than the “Twi-Panda” clan-ic caliber so that you are known who you are. Do not be cohorts who hide names, a common shield used by people who destroy unity of the people by talking ill-health.
    Thanks for understanding !


  7. Decree says:


    No many arguments left after the creation or implementation of 28 states of South Sudan. it’s now automatic for anyone to create and change what ever they wants, this is the right time to get rid of the name “BOR” out of your ID if you think the don’t fit or deemed troublesome in your life. what is next is the creation of 7 counties of what is so called Jonglei state. 3 counties for Twic east, 2 counties for Bor and 2 counties for Duk respectively. if anyone is not happy with my decree, then start war within Jonglei to expand your own county. who cares for whose minister in the Juba government!

    Finally, I don’t need your replies, it procedurally accord with our Dinka federalism, we all deserve it!

    Your excellency


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