This article was last updated on May 27, 2022
By James Deng Dimo and Santino Manut
The Commissioner of Raga County in Western Bahr el Ghazal State, James Benjamin Marodoma said Friday’s presidential decree granting Raga a new State Lul is a positive move towards establishing Raga a State heart capital of the new State.
Marodoma who spoke to Gurtong in an exclusive interview on Tuesday said the people of Raga County are excited and welcomes in the decision made by the President.
“We are now waiting for the State Governor Rizik Zackaria Hassan to come back from Juba and address us his cabinet of Western Bahr el Ghazal with the details of the new 28 States created by the President,” said the Commissioner.
“We the people in Raga County have welcomed the republican decree and we want to tell the people of South Sudan that we people in Raga County are happy,” he said.
In Wau town on Saturday morning, politicians gathered in a move to debate the impact of the new created 28 States.
Meanwhile, in Kuacjok in Warrap State, residents spent most of their time on the streets on Tuesday saying they are seconding the establishment of the 28 States in the republic of South Sudan.
According to them creation of more 18 States would enhance decentralization policy as it means taking towns to the people.
Deng Madut is Chairman of the SPLM youth league in Warrap State. He read and presented a letter of appreciation to President Kiir.
“On behalf of SPLM Youth league, civil society organizations and on my own behalf and I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to our President Salva Kiir Mayardit for issuing the establishment order number 36 2015 AD for creation of 28 States.”
Meanwhile the Acting Governor of Warrap State, Lt. Col. Abraham Gum Makuac thanked the civil society organization for acknowledging the importance of creating more States.
People Celebrating creation of 28 States in Kuacjok [Photo| Santino Manut]
He however called on South Sudanese in general to pull their resources together so that the most needed development is realized in the country.
“I would like therefore to appeal to South Sudanese in general and people of Warrap State in particular to take this chance and concentrate their energies on development through mobilization of local resources to fund the development of our localities and our villages,” Gum advised.
Addressing the same gathering on behalf of political parties, Warrap Minister of Animal Resources, Ajuet Muom Mawiir said that decentralization was key in the liberation struggle but was delayed because the country was going through various challenges. “Better late than never,” he said.
He applauded the President for taking the decision of creating new States in the republic.
Youth welcomed the move saying it will lead to creation of more job opportunities for redundant youth currently in the streets and markets across the country.