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Decentralisation Hybridized

Annina Aeberli

9. Interviews

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1All interviews have been done between 14 March and 13 April 2011, with two exceptions: 11 gave me the interview in early August 2010 and 8 gave me two interviews, one early August 2010 and the other within the mentioned time period in 2011. They all took place in or around Juba, Torit or Magwi.

21 – A member of the Local Government Board
He is a Dinka coming from Bahr-El-Ghazal. He fought in both wars and became a local government officer in 1972. He participated in the drafting of the Local Government Act.

32 – A Member of the Local Government Board
He is a Dinka from Bor and participated in the development of the Local Government Act.

43 – Assistant Executive Director Juba
He is from Equatoria and has been working for the government since 1979. Since 1983 he has been in Juba, first working for the Northern Government during the war and now as Assistant Executive Director in charge of NGOs and sent from the Ministry of Local Government in CES.

54 – Director for Administration and Finance of Ministry of Local Government
He is from Ikotos and is of the Ketebo tribe. He worked as a local government administrator in Juba and in Maridi (Western Equatoria – before the war. When the war broke out, he joined the SPLA. Since 2007, he has been working in the Ministry of Local Government in Torit.

65 – A man working for planning and budgeting in Education Management Information System of the GoSS
He is from Yei. He did a master in Oslo and wrote his master thesis on decentralization in the area of education in South Sudan.

76 – A woman working for UNDP and Ministry of Local Government and Law Enforcement EES

87 – Executive Director Juba County
He is Bari and started his career within the government 30 years ago.

98 – Commissioner Magwi County
He is Acholi.

109 – Acting Executive Director Magwi County
He is Lopit from Lopa County. He partly fought with the SPLA in the war and spent also some time in Northern Sudan and in Ethiopia.

1110 – Payam Administrator of Nyong
He is Lotuko and returned to South Sudan in 2009 from Egypt where he spent 6 years.

1211 – Payam Administrator of Magwi
He is Acholi from Magwi and has been Payam Administrator since 2007.

1312 – Director for Inter governmental Organization of the Directorate of Multi Lateral Relations
He is Lotuko from Torit. He spent most of the time of war in Norway and other places in Europe.

1413 – Deputy Governor of Central Equatoria State

1514 – Paramount chief of Torit County
He is a Lotuko from Torit where he also spent his whole life, also during the war.

1615 – Acting Chief of Nyong Boma
He is a Lotuko from Torit. He left Torit in 1989 for Uganda where he stayed until 2008 when he decided to come back to Torit.

1716 – Chairwoman of COTAL Eastern Equatoria State
She is Lopit from Lopa County. She spent most her life in Torit, but during the war she was in Juba.

1817 – A Father working for the development office of the Church
His family is originally from Jonglei state but has been living and working in another part of South Sudan for his whole life.

1918 – Lecturer and Head Department of Development Communication University of Juba
He is Kuku from Kajokaji CES. During the first war he was mostly in Uganda and in 1990 he fled to Australia where he studied. He came back to South Sudan in 2010.

2019 – Teacher
He is from Western Equatoria. He lived in several places in South Sudan and Africa and spent two years in Europe.

2120 – A young woman working in a grassroots project
She is from Western Equatoria and stayed in Greater Equatoria during the war. She has recently spent some years in Uganda for study purposes.

2221 – Youth Representative of Torit
He is Lotuko and studied in Uganda during the war. He came back to South Sudan in 2005.

2322 – The Iyire community-group discussion in three villages
The Iyire live between Torit and Magwi: there is a shabby road going to the different villages of the Iyire leaving from the main road between Magwi and Torit into the bush. They are originally Lotuko, but partly mixed up with the Acholi, so their language is a mix. They have been fighting to change from the Magwi County to the Torit County and are also involved in a conflict over land with the Obbo, belonging to the Acholi.

2423 – Youth Representative of Ifwotu Community, and Chairperson of Ifwotu Community
They are both Lotuko from EES and are from the community of the Ifwotu. The Youth Representative spent his whole life in or around Torit. The Chairperson has been working for the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission.

2524 – Coordinator of SuNDE (Sudanese Network for Democratic Elections)
He is Bari from Yei. He had worked all over Sudan,, especially for UNDP, before joining SuNDE.

2625 – Parish Priest of Palotaka Parish
He is Madi from EES. He spent the time of the war in Khartoum.

2726 – Project Manager ‘Local Government Recovery Programme’ UNDP


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