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Collo MPs speak against creation of more states

Author : | Published: Friday, October 16, 2015

Six National Assembly MPs from the Collo Kingdom in Upper Nile State have criticized the creation of more states. They also consider Koma community as part of the new Eastern Nile State.

According to the new map, Koma has been separated from a neighborly community who has been living with them peacefully.

In a statement at the Parliament in Juba, the MPs said the order curves out Pigi County from Jonglei to Eastern Nile to only satisfy the demand of another particular community to be in one state.

The Leader of Minority in the parliament, Onyoti Adigo, spoke on behalf of the six MPs who come from Shilluk community.

“The song of unity and coexistence is being sang and the slogan of ‘one people one nation’ is spread all over, but are only political not from the bottom of the heart by this presidential order,” Hon Adigo said.

“Parts of the country will not be in peace; the broken social fabric among our communities will remain a stain.”

He added that the order is a violation of the peace agreement. The MP also said the implementation will need more money at a time the country needs to improve the economy.

They urge the president to suspend the order and first establish a national committee to study the administrative boundaries of the states and counties.

The government is yet to comment on the demand of the MPs.

But earlier, Presidential Press Secretary Ateny Wek Ateny told Eye Radio that the government would go ahead in implementing the order.

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