Akobo County Secretary Condemns Governor’s Appointment of RRC Coordinator
In a press release from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition’s (SPLM IO) Jonglei State Akobo County Secretariats, the County Secretary, Gatluak Gatkek Bim, voiced strong condemnation of Governor Dinai Jock Chagor’s recent appointment of the RRC Coordinator without the consensus or information from the County Commissioner.
Expressing concern over the Governor’s interference in the affairs of County Commissioners, specifically in Akobo County, Gatluak Gatkek Bim called upon the party leadership in Jonglei State to address the roles and responsibilities of Commissioners on the ground.
He urged the leadership to establish a system or resolutions between the SPLM IO Party and the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) in the state, allowing Commissioners to execute their duties freely without threats from the State government or SSOA members.
The press release highlighted previous instances of alleged interference by the Governor, including the removal of former Commissioner Hon. Gatwech Reat Deang and the illegal detention of Hon. John Chuol Tot. Gatluak Gatkek Bim expressed concern that a similar situation may arise regarding the current Commissioner, Hon. Puok Nyang Tutjiek.
The County Secretary called for the Governor to refrain from interfering with the Commissioners’ responsibilities and to promote peace between the two parties.
Emphasizing the allocation of Akobo County to the SPLM IO Party during portfolios allocation by the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU), Gatluak Gatkek Bim assured the public that all positions within the county would be appointed by the Commissioner through Line Ministries.
The Secretary emphasized that SPLM IO Party members have the right to take positions in the county, while SSOA would be given only 10 percent, as stipulated in the Peace Agreement.
Concluding the press release, Gatluak Gatkek Bim urged the SPLM IO Party Leadership to support the County Commissioner and allow him to carry out his duties without intimidation from the State.
The Secretary emphasized the importance of holding official meetings and urged that positions like RC, Taxation, and the Executive Director, crucial sources of income for the county government, should not be dominated by any one party.