South Sudan: Kiir sacks governor and administrator in government reshuffle

Kiir sacks governor and administrator in government reshuffle. [Image: Courtesy]
SOUTH SUDAN — Following a mini reshuffle in South Sudan’s coalition government, President Salva Kiir has issued a decree removing the governor of Lakes State and chief administrator of Ruweng Administrative area from office.

Through the presidential decree, Kiir sacked Governor Makur Kulang and Chief Administrator William Chol Awalith.

Kulang was replaced by Gen Riiny Tueny Mabor who was heading the Military Intelligence while Awalith was replaced by Lt Gen Marshal Stephen, the South Sudan Peoples Defence Forces Chief of Operations.

The president also relieved Reweng Chief William Chol of his duties and replaced him with Peter Dau.

Governor Kulang had been nominated by Kiir’s party; the Sudan People Liberation Movement.

Without giving reasons for his latest move, the president only cited presidential powers within the constitution.

Lake State region has been experiencing killings related to gun violence with recent attacks claiming the life of a Catholic priest.

Kiir’s move comes two days after a humanitarian convoy was ambushed on the Mapourdit-Aluakluak road when unknown assailants fired at their cars killing two South Sudanese staff workers.

In less than a month, another similar attack also took place in Eastern Equatoria State where a health worker employed by Cordiad was killed on the Chukudum-Kapoeta road.

In mid-May, at least 16 people were killed in the Lakes state and 20 others injured as a result of communal clashes.

The south Sudan NGO forum has today condemned the killings while also expressing fears of continued violence affecting roads and crisis afflicted parts of the country.