The governor of Central Equatoria State highlighted the significance of recognizing mandates of state governments at levels across the country.
“It is proven over time that at the last governor’s forum, we discussed and agreed that we have to respect our constitutions, respect laws so that we do not encroach mandates of different institutions,” Emmanuel Adil said during the 7th Governors’ Forum in Juba on Wednesday.
He says his local government law and enforcement are overlain.
“There are issues surrounding states and I can specifically talk about Central Equatoria State. There are issues to do with overlapping, let us respect the mandates,” Adil appealed.
In addition, Adil also underlined the issues of inaccessibility of roads in some states.
He says for services to reach the people, especially at the grassroots, the issue of roads must be addressed prior to the 2024 election.
South Sudan is expected to hold its first ever general elections in December next year to establish a democratically elected government.
According to the 2022 Roadmap, the election will be conducted 60 days before the end of the transitional period. As of today, the country has less than 16 months to go to polls on December 22, 2023.
“On the issue of the state of roads, I would like to really emphasize that to facilitate trade, security and other services to the people, the impassable roads have to be completed before the general election,” he stressed.
“For example, the road from Juba-Yei, Juba -KajoKeji, Juba-Torit and other parts, it takes days for one to reach the destination because of poor conditions of the roads.”
Also, Mary Lodira Aphonse, the deputy governor of Eastern Equatoria State, noted the issue of the poor road networks.
“It is from Juba-Torit that bush clearance has been done, and beyond that is impassable,” Mary noted.