South Sudan’s youth group rejects James Kok’s appointment; says congratulatory message was ‘fabricated’

Juba, December 28, 2015 (SSNA) — The Fangak Youth Union (FYU) has denied that it supports the appointment of James Kok Ruea as Governor of newly created state, Western Bieh State.

The denunciation came days after a “congratulatory message” allegedly from the FYU to South Sudanese President Salva kiir was broadcasted on State-owned South Sudan Radio (SSR) on the 26th of December and again by the South Sudan Television (SSTV) on December 27. The letter also claims that the leadership of FYU congratulates James Kok for his new appointment and fully supports South Sudan’s president for choosing James Kok.

“Fangak Youth Union (FYU) I hereby to denounce a claimed congratulatory message to president Salva kiir Mayardiit broadcasted by South Sudan Radio on 26th/12/2015 at 6:00pm and repeated on SSTV on 27/12/2015 at 8:00pm in the name of Fangak Youth Union on the occasion of the appointment of Honorable James Kok Ruea as a Governor of new[ly] created state known as Western Bieh State,” the statement reads in part.

The FYU says the message was fabricated and that it was signed by an unnamed boy in James Kok’s house.

“FYU is extremely against the said message which was signed by the small boy within James Kok Ruea’s resident, who has no legal function in the Union,” FYU declared.

The leadership of the FYU said it has not issue any congratulatory message in support of James Kok’s appointment or to Kiir for appointing James Kok as Governor for Kiir’s newly created Western Bieh State, adding that the FYU will never be part of such a message and will never support Kiir’s appointment of 28 Governors.

FYU also asserts that kiir’s order simply gives Fangak’s land to Dinka Padang, rewards James Kok Ruea for killing Fangak sons and daughters in December of 2013, and favors Dinka community by giving 14 States to Dinka, leaving the rest of 62 tribes to share the remaining 14 States.

The FYU warns of consequences against anyone who fabricates any message and claims to be part of the agency’s leadership without any legal merit.

The leadership of the FYU further proclaimed that Kiir’s recent decree is an obstruction of the power-sharing deal and that people of Fangak and the people of South Sudan are ‘in dire need for peace’.

On December 24, Kiir issued decree number 36 by appointing 28 Governors, defied international pressure over peace implementation, and raised fear of possible collapse of the IGAD-Plus’s compromise peace agreement.

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