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South Sudan president delegates additional powers to his deputy


By James Gatdet Dak

September 8, 2007 (JUBA) — The President of the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS), Salva Kiir Mayardit, has issued a Circular to all executive government institutions in Southern Sudan in which he delegated several additional functions to his Deputy, Riek Machar Teny.

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Riek Machar

According to President Kiir, he made the decision after taking into account the recent reshuffle in the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) in which the Vice President was stripped of his additional portfolio as the Minister of Housing, Land and Public Utilities.

According to the 30 July circular, a copy of which was obtained by Sudan Tribune, the vice president will supervise the following:
- Southern Sudan national programmes such as Southern Sudan 5-Year Strategic Plan, Poverty Eradication Strategy and Government of Southern Sudan Annual Action Plans.
- the conduct of the population census, general elections and referenda in Southern Sudan.
- the activities and work of the Presidential Advisors.
- the JAM-MDTF programmes and projects and Sudan Donors Consortium.
- the participation and representation of the people of Southern Sudan and their government in the national commissions, independent public institutions including national public civil service, public corporations and public companies.

Also, Riek Marchar is charged to supervise and monitor:
- the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
- the implementation of all contracts entered into by the Government of Southern Sudan.

He has to supervise and coordinate Southern Sudan Disasters Management Strategy and Programmes.

Further, the vice-president will coordinate and supervise the activities of the GOSS Commissions and other public independent institutions.

In his circular GoSS president opened the door for “any other function that I may assign to the Vice President.”

Salva Kiir told Riek Machar that “Besides these additional functions and duties, the Vice President shall act as the President in my absence as per provisions of Article 108(a) of ICSS. I will be working closely with you in discharge of these duties. By delegating these additional functions and duties to you, I believe the performance of the Presidency will greatly improve.”

It is not clear why this circular is issued on 30 July but just disclosed last week in Juba.

In the 2 July ministerial reshuffle the president, Salva Kiir, relieved Riek Machar Teny from the Ministry of Housing, Public Land and Public Utility; since he holds no other portfolio except the position of the Vice President.


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  • 11 September 2007 05:40, by Abrahm Mabior

    Honourable Salva Kiir Mayardit,you have been percieved by many Sudanese as a nationalist who would take people to Canaan one day, but the most shocking delegation of most powers to your so called vice president of Southern Sudanese government-Reik Machar is a betrayal of fallen heroes and heroines, disabled, orphans and widows.

    What trust have you got in Reik that garantee any day won’t be 28/08/1991? It is paradoxical that somebody who should be serving a life sentence in prison is a vice president of GOSS!Are you sure mister president Reik Machar will not take advantage of the additional powers to fulfil his ill motives against Southern Sudanese? I would like this chance to be use carefully and objectively to relieve the agony of Southern Sudanese and marginalised citizens of Sudan. Our people have suffered a great deal and that sort of suffering should not happen again if we have a capacity to prevent it.

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    • 13 September 2007 11:22, by James Madut Wal

      From James Madut Wal, Mr. Abraham, this is the reply of your letter that you wrote to H. E. Honourable L.T GEN. Salva Kiir Mayardit on 11th of this month about the additional powers to his Vice Dr. Riek Machar. I think the president was wise enough by doing that action. You said that Riek should not be trusted and that he deserves life in prison because he attempted a coup on 28th August 1991. And by putting him on the post of vice president, we are betraying our heroes. Now I don’t understand all those statements from Abraham. What we need nowadays as people of good will of South Sudan is peace, unity, equality, love between each others. Tribalism should not be entertained any more by us. If it is a question of "STRUGGLING" for liberation of South Sudan, who did not participate? The SPLM/SPLA came into success through the contribution of all Southerners. All tribes of South Sudan participated in one way or another for our liberation. So it sounds unlogical for some of us to say some people are heroes of South Sudan whereas others are not. So, if you are very ignorant of the History of Sudan and of South Sudan in particular, I advise you to go to the library and read the History properly. You try to read and understand very well how Sudan got its Independence and you try to read also how the problem between the North and South came to being starting from 1955 and then on to Anya- One and Anya Two and eventually came the SPLA. So ask yourself, who participated on the course of all those events for the liberation of South Sudan? My advice goes to all the sons and daughters of South Sudan who love peace to work for unity of our people so that we can achieve with success our COMMON GOAL that we are aiming at to be achieved by 2012

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      • 25 September 2007 20:19, by Bob Tata


        If you want to imprison people who really did evil deeds in south Sudan, I believe you will need to send the whole GoSS into prison, because it is made up of about 85% of former SPLA traitors and human right abusers such as people like your uncle Kual Manyang the nitrous south Sudanese hanger. I would have included your dead John Garang to the list of the SPLA criminals! But I left him out as he already faced his horrific fate here on earth, and I believe God is dealing with him appropriately now in the hell!

        Secondly I want to ask you one simple question: do you really think that your president Kiir has an ability to sideline Dr Riek Machar from GoSS and can get a way it? I hope you are not one of the people who are still underestimating the disaster that can happen to the country whenever something happen to Dr Machar, the rami raan! If you really have power to do So (which I don’t believe you have) try to arrest Dr Riek tomorrow and see what his people will do in the same day! I am really with you if you want another round war because each of has h/her resentment and I believe nothing else will cool this anger down except to try ourselves again!

        Bol Thourmuck of greater Nuer (Greater

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