Greater Pibor Administrative Area

Greater Pibor Administrative Area
Flag of Greater Pibor Administrative Area
Official seal of Greater Pibor Administrative Area
Greater Pibor in South Sudan
Greater Pibor in South Sudan
Country South Sudan
RegionGreater Upper Nile
 • Total41,962 km2 (16,202 sq mi)
 • Total214,676
Time zoneUTC+2 (CAT)

The Greater Pibor Administrative Area is an administrative area in South Sudan.[1][2]


From the beginning of South Sudanese independence, the Anyuak, Jie, Kachepo, and Murle people in Jonglei sought greater autonomy from the Jonglei State government dominated by Nuer and Dinka. The resulting armed insurrections against the Government of South Sudan GoSS, initially dispersed, coalesced into the South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army (SSDM/A), which in turn was ultimately dominated by David Yau Yau and his Cobra Faction. Peace negotiations in the spring of 2014 led to a compromise that carved out two counties of Pibor and Pochalla within Jonglei state to create the new semi-autonomous Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA).[3]

The special administrative area was dissolved after the creation of Boma State in 2015.[4][5][6]

As a result of a peace agreement signed in February 2020, Boma State was dissolved and Pibor was reconstituted as a special administrative area.[7]

Towns and cities

The capital of the state is Pibor[citation needed]. The population of Pibor was estimated at less than 1,000 people in 2005[citation needed]. The town of Pochalla in Pochalla County lies directly on the border with Ethiopia[citation needed]. The town is about 470 kilometers (290 miles) from Juba via road[citation needed].

Chief Administrators

Tenure Incumbent Party
31 August 2005 – 30 December 2005 Akot Madhi SPLM
30 December 2005 – 21 May 2011 Akot Madhi SPLM
May 2011 – March 2013 Kuol Monyluak Dak SPLM
February 2013 – June 2020 David Yau Yau SPLM
June 2020 – July 2021 Joshua Konyi
July 2021 – present Lokali Ame Bullen[8]


  1. ^ South Sudan’s GPAA official refutes contest for governorship seat
  2. ^ @dekuekd (15 February 2020). "So it has been decided that #SouthSudan shall revert to 10 states plus Abyei, Pibor and Ruweng Administrative Areas" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Todisco, Claudio (March 2015). LeBrun, Emile (ed.). "Real but Fragile: The Greater Pibor Administrative Area" (PDF). Small Arms Survey. Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (35). Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Yau Yau Dissolves Part and Officially Joins SPLM". Gurtong. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Calm in Pibor after tension over 'disarmament' and governor". Eye Radio. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  6. ^ "South Sudan's President appoints 28 Governors, defies peace agreement". South Sudan News Agency. 24 December 2015.
  7. ^ "After 6 years of war, will peace finally come to South Sudan?".
  8. ^ "Pibor welcomes new administrator".

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