Addressing the media last week, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Ellen Magrethe Loej said UNMISS does not agree with the establishment of more states in the country.
She however said that the mission is dealing with government officials in those areas as it is “our mandate to offer the necessary assistant on daily bases.”
South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir Mayardit dissolved the nation’s 10 states and created 28 new ones in December 2015.
Loj said the creation of new states has led to ethnic tension in many parts of the country. “There is tension in the eastern and western bank of the Nile and in Malakal – and its because of the division and tension created by the establishment of the 28 states,” she added.
She urged the newly formed Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) to resolve this issue urgently and amicably.
South Sudan has been divided into 28 states based on the popular demands of its people.
The opposition leader Lam Akol agrees that dividing South Sudan into more states will create more trouble due to the poor demarcation. Akol wants the matter to be “re-tabled”.
The Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Michael Makuei Lueth described the UN’s current stand as an abuse of sovereignty. “South Sudan has been divided into 28 states based on the popular demands of its people,” he said and whoever still believes in 10 states or proposed states is “unfortunate”.
He adds that the establishment order is not reversible and who ever undermines it, is undermining the constitution of South Sudan.