Duk County Demanding For 7 Seats In Jonglei State Parliament
The community of Duk County in Jonglei State has forwarded an appeal to South Sudan President, Salva Kiir, demanding for equal representation among the three Counties of Twic East, Duk and Bor into the State legislative assembly.
Duk County community leader Mr. Abot Awan Gaidit [Photo| Juuk Mading]
By Juuk Othana Mading
BOR, 08 April 2016 [Gurtong] – Abuot Awan Ghaidit, Duk County community Chairman, who is also the SPLM Secretary in Jonglei State, told to Gurtong on Wednesday in an interview that the community is demanding for seven seats.
After the creation of 28 States, Jonglei State was given seven seats to make a total of 21 members in the State assembly.
In that regard, the three communities of Bor, Twic East and Duk conducted a meeting to divide the seven seats to the three Counties, in which Bor County was given four plus the previous 8 seats that they were having in the parliament of former Jonglei, to make it 12.
Twic East County was given two seats plus four seats of the former parliament, to make 6.
Duk County was given one seat plus the previous two to make it three a decision the community of Duk has disputed.
In February, the community raised cocerns demanding for another one more lawmaker from their constituencies to the State assembly in order to have four MPs.
Awan said that Duk County community is not pleased with the distribution regardless of the two seats added.
“We have rejected the seat that was given to us and we went ahead with our complaint. We went to Kuol Manyang Juuk who is the SPLM chairman in Jonglei State and he gave us additional one seat plus other three seats. It makes a total of four seats but we are not convinced about the distribution. We again went ahead with our complaint to the President of the republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit in which up to now no response has been made by the President”, he explained.
According to the transitional constitution of the republic of South Sudan, the distribution of parliamentarian’s seats shall be based on the census.
But Ghaidit stressed that Duk County community was not properly counted during the 2008 census adding that two of its Payams were not counted.
“Most of our people in the swampy area were not counted when the former Governor of former Jonglei State Gen. Kuol Manyang Juuk conducted a headcount through the Chiefs. It was only 117, 000 people counted and that was the base of our argument”, he said.
Ghaidit said that the distribution of the parliamentarian seats was not fairly done.
“In the new Jonglei State, justice has to be observed whenever we do something. People have to be treated equally. We have to be upgraded such that we get proper representation in the State parliament”, he stressed.
He urged the communities to co-exist as one community and to see to it that there is peace among the three Counties of new Jonglei State.
In February, Duk County community opposed the appointment of the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry and the Minister of Information in Jonglei with claims that the names of the two Ministers were not among the names of those approved by the community.
Duk County community submitted a document to the State Governor demanding for the suspension of Mayen Ngor and Yath Awan Yath until their grievances are heard.