Nimeiri decrees Redivision of the South (known popularly as KOKORA
), in response to popular demands by mostly Equatorians against perceived Dinka domination and misrule.
Some pointed to the recent series of Equatorian regional conferences as a resurgence of kokora
-- a term referring to Equatorian particularism.
He also equated the proposed system of governance to what he described as the "Kokora
" of 1993.
A leading scholar and historian on South Sudanese affairs, Douglas Johnson said it was incorrect by some to fear federalism by wrongly equating it to Kokora
, a particularism move by Equatorians in 1980s.
It can't be stopped by the intimidation of the people of Equatoria and other supporters of the system, but the leadership of the government rather needs to rise beyond their personnal preferences, and detach the whole issue of Federalism from what is so call KOKORA
and its history.
The speaker of the state legislature, Naphtale Hassan, echoed the governor's remarks, saying federalism is not "kokora
" -- a word for Equatorian particularisation in 1980s -- stressing that the system needed to be explained to the people.
"We believe that, the fear expressed about kokora
as aimed at dividing the people of South Sudan, is therefore weakened, especially when there are already ten states that are embraced and clutched firmly to by both the opponents and proponents of federalism," the academic paper said.
Apparently, the current Jieeng-led regime didn't learn anything from the past mistakes, which led to the division of the region in 1983, better known as " Kokora
." And with the country's direction hanging in the balance, the time for Gen Kiir to move on or be ousted is right now...
With many Jieeng (Dinka) intellectuals now acting as if it is no time for a none Jieeng to become the leader of our nation, apparently they have learned absolutely nothing from what let to the division of South Sudan in 1983, better known as "Kokora
" and, the current disastrous results of choosing a president of South Sudan on the basis of tribal background, instead of individual qualifications, all of which Kirr has none.
I am aware that a proposal for a federal system will be construed as "Kokora
" by people less informed and lacking in confidence.
The Establishment Order may be suspected as rejuvenation of 'Kokora
' but on tribal enclaves where the lucky ones get their GPAA as David Yayau got it, though now baptized (except Abyei Area) in the names of 28 states.
The Regional Government of Southern Sudan Government, which rescued Nimeiri in 1976 when Khartoum was put on fire by Libya-backed Northern opposition armed elements and mercenaries, was already destroyed by Nimeiri-induced 'Kokora
' (divisive politics and tribalism instead of equality) with politicians scattered in disarray to Malakal, Juba and Wau in 1980s after the unconstitutional dissolution of Juba-based regional government.