Alur Chiefs Reject Their Dismissal

Eight Traditional paramount chiefs from Alur Payam in Jur River County have petitioned the state government over their dismissal.

By James Deng Dimo

WAU, 16 June 2014 (Gurtong) -- According to the protest letter addressed to the state governor signed on the 14th June 2014, the chiefs objected the order issued by the minister of Local government where they were replaced by others without reasons.

“We are hereby appealing to you to clarify if this order has been done in consultation with your esteemed office,” the letter partly reads.

The relieved chiefs include: Cirilo Maker Kon and Buok Madut Maum and six other sub-chiefs; Cladio Thony Ubur, Kon Buok Agai, Uyu Nguar, Yak Akoon Bol, Wanyo Ukello Wanyo and Uchan Amer Kwayo.  

These chiefs have reportedly served tirelessly during the liberation war and after the war with the current SPLM /A government.

They also called on the state government to re-instead them. “It is very unwise to create disorder in our community because at current situation, we need peace among ourselves. We need the minister of local government to feed us with the reason of why he dismissed us.”

The county Commissioner John Arop Apai however dismissed the allegations of the chiefs, saying they are not dismissed but new payams have been created.

He said the memo was masterminded by some individuals who were not
happy with the county’s administration.

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