Western Equatoria

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Western Equatoria
غرب الاستوائية
Children in Yambio
Children in Yambio
Flag of Western Equatoria
Location in South Sudan.
Location in South Sudan.
Coordinates: 5°19′N 28°24′E / 5.317°N 28.400°E / 5.317; 28.400Coordinates: 5°19′N 28°24′E / 5.317°N 28.400°E / 5.317; 28.400
Country  South Sudan
Region Equatoria
No. of counties: 10
Capital Yambio
 • Total 79,342.66 km2 (30,634.37 sq mi)
Population (2008 census)
 • Total 619,029
 • Density 7.8/km2 (20/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Western Equatoria is one of the 10 states of South Sudan. It has an area of 79,343 km². Its capital is Yambio. The state is divided into counties, each headed by a County Commissioner. Western Equatoria seceded from Sudan as part of the Republic of South Sudan on 9 July 2011.


In the 1880s, Western Equatoria was home to the [[Zande people|Azande]Zande are not the only people in WE, we have Baka, Moru Mundo, Balada just to mention few] administration of [[Gbudwe|King Gbudwe]Gbudwe is traditional king of Zande but not administrator of WE], which ruled much of the area at the time. ( this writing is representing tribe of zanda but not people of Western equatoria (WE)

In the middle of twentieth century, after Sudan's independence in 1956, a number of southern Sudanese independence liberation movements, such as the Anyanya and the Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M), led by John Garang de Mabior, made their impact on the area, as they envisioned a New Sudan.

Current conflict[edit]

In 2005 a peace treaty was signed, but there is still some insurgent activity.

The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), under the command of Joseph Kony, moved its base from Uganda to the southern Sudan border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, and operates in the Western Equatoria region. Before the 2005 peace deal, the LRA had used Western Equatoria as a base for its operations against the Ugandan government of President Yoweri Museveni. But SPLA troop patrols in the region largely maintain control.

In 2009 local communities in Western Equatoria formed a self-protection unit, the Arrow Boys, using traditional weapons such as bows, arrows and spears to combat the LRA.


There are a total of 10 counties in Western Equatoria:

Other important towns in Western Equatoria are: Duma, Namatina, Nagero Lui, Jambo, Rasul, Mambe, Kotobi, Yarri, Madebe, Bangasu, Rimenze, Bazungua, Ringasi, Diabio, Yangiri, Naandi, Andari, Ri-Yubu, Mopai, Nadiangere, James Diko, Ri-Rangu, Nabiapai, Gangura, Sakure, Birisi, Ndoromo and Basukangbi.

Economy and demographics[edit]

The economy of Western Equatoria is largely agricultural, with high quality timber being one of its most important products.

Western Equatoria is home of the Azande people, the third largest nationality in South Sudan.[1]


  • Governor: Col Joseph Bakosoro
  • Secretary General for the Government: Simon Bakama
  • Deputy Secretary General: Benjamin Commander Gayos
  • Deputy Governor : Sapana Abui
  • Minister of Finance, Trade & Industry: John Russie
  • Minister of Labor Public servvice and Human Reource: Jackcilia Ebere Salatier
  • Minister of Commerce, Trade and Investment: Simon Ngbidigi
  • Minister of Local Government & Law Enforcement: Daniel Zingifuaboro
  • Minister of Education, Science & Technology: Hon. Phillip Pia
  • Minister of Health:DR. John Gbono
  • Minister of Iformation and Communication: Charles Barnaba Kisanga
  • Minister of Agriculture, Animal Resource and Forestry (MAAF): West Yugulle
  • Minister of Gender,Child and Social Welfare: Jenifer Dawa
  • Minister Physical Infrastructure and Public Utilities: Clement Mbugoniwia
  • Minister of Youth and Sports: Gibson Bullen wande


  • Political Affairs: Mathias Onji
  • Security Affairs: Samuel Bati
  • Local Government: Joseph Sabun

Chairpersons of Commissions[edit]

  • Employees Justice Chamber,Angelo Bakote Mboringba
  • Civil Service Commission: Awad Kisanga Said
  • Public Grievance Chamber: Ayub Gaza
  • Land Commission: Alfred Riruyo

State Assembly Business Committees[edit]

  • Speaker: Mr.James Bage
  • Deputy Speaker: Hana Lona Bona

County Commissioners[edit]

  • Yambio County: John Elia Kuzee
  • Nzara County: Elia Box
  • Ezo County: Mudie
  • Tambura County: Charles Babiro
  • Nagero County: Minialla Joseph Mark
  • Ibba County: Hon Nagomoro Bridget
  • Maridi County: Wilson Thomas
  • Mundri-East: Lieutenant Colonel Wilson Api
  • Mundri-West: Hon Lexon Mabrouk
  • Mvolo County: Hon. James Abdullai

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Gurtong Azande Retrieved: 22 September 2010