Jonglei state don’t need a leader who sleeps without fixing the problem.
Jonglei State is among the biggest states in South Sudan and is home to the Dinka, Nuer, and Anyuak.
In South Sudan, it is the only state to have witnessed circles of ethnic violence since independence that has taken lives, destroyed homes, livestock driven away, ravaged by floods, and continued waves of instability.
Denay’s administration, a product of R-ARCISS has failed to improve security, and development through public projects, and defuse inter-community tension. One of the examples is the recent killing of two persons in Anyidi, and in response, Murle traders were killed by angry Bor youth in the Bor town.
The provision of law and order is the primary responsibility of the state government by deploying the police and organizing forces to protect the civilians and their properties.
Denay’s administration could not exercise considerable control over local government in measuring the status of governance by looking at key criteria: effectiveness and efficiency, transparency, rule of law, and accountability.
Denay Jock, first-served in the Ministry of Higher Education. A few weeks after entering the office, his records of swindling public resources came to light when the government released $3M in the name of support to students schooling in foreign countries.
The records are vividly clear that out of the over 1,000 estimated beneficiaries only a few students benefited and those are students who were in Egypt and Ethiopia
The rest of the money disappeared into his private account.
Denay and his government have concentrated their efforts on promoting corrupt practices, which prompted him, and his suspended Minister of Finance and Investment to fight over the PIT funds paid by NGO aimed to run the state government activities, etc. His government has been publicly criticized for corruption cases, looting public resources, and fragmenting communities;
- Denay has divided the States through his politics of divide and rule, which was seen lately when he took side with GPAA vis-a-vis the two people that were killed in Anyidi.
- Denay swindled the cash (SSP 30,000,000) supported by ARC for flood control, which was donated to Jonglei Floods Management (JFI) by ARC. The cash is given to him, but the use of the said cash has never been known to the public, nor has there been any trace of the spending on the ground.
- Denay has been transferring all the state funds that are collected from NGOs as Personal Income Tax (PIT) into an account in Juba where he is the sole signatory. There is no accountability for how the cash is being used.
- When he was appointed a governor, Denay asked each of the State to contribute for his accommodation in Crown Hotel 2,000,000 Million SSP totaling the sum of 12,000,000 monthly from the four Defunct States of Akobo, Bieh, Fangak, and Jonglei, all the money goes directly to his private account.
- Denay has never visited the flood-affected areas of the state to familiarize himself with the population affected. Instead, he prefers slaying in hotels (Crown Hotel and Tulip Hotel).
- Denay through his selfish policies, he appointed the Director Generals (DG) to various ministries in the state all from one area of the state, thus categorizing people, into the respective sections, something unacceptable in the history of Jonglei State.
- Denay spends most of his time in Juba, yet he is supposed to be on the ground, an issue that has created a gap. State exercise considerable control of over local government and control of resources, public participation and accountability provisions in Jonglei State generally is not been realized in practice.
- Denay government don’t hold a council of ministers meeting to ensure proper usage of public funds, and a proper system of financial accountability, and approve government projects.
However, with the above-aforementioned reason, it can be concluded that the state government led by Hon. Denay failed significantly to meet the core expectations and the needs of the people of Jonglei State.
The mandate of the state government is the implementation of policies, public projects, guidelines, and plans for management of resources; development; utilization; and provision of sanitation services, so as to improve the welfare and productivity of the people of the State.
Author: Mr. Ter Jok Weah, Former Director-General of Finance, Defunct Akobo, Master’s degree of Arts in Economic Development and Policy Analysis, University of Juba. Bachelor’s degree of economics, Kampala University, Diploma in Public Administration and Management, Meritorious College, Kampala