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Dismissal of Lakes’ Information Minister ordered by Kiir

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February 9, 2013 (RUMBEK) - The military caretaker Governor of Lakes state has distanced himself from Friday’s sacking of Lakes state’s former information minister, after a letter has emerged from South Sudan’s president to the previous Governor demanding Mayen’s dismissal.

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Lakes State’s Minister of Information and Communcations, Charles Badiri Mayen, in Rumbek, October 23, 2012 (ST)

In a letter send to the former Governor Chol Tong Mayay on January 17 president Salva Kiir wrote: "I am ordering you in strongest terms to forthwith relief the Minister of Information in Lakes State, Ho. Charles Mayan Badiri."

Kiir accused Mayan of denying the Deputy Speaker of South Sudan’s parliament Daniel Awet Akot, "access to the media to address the citizens of Lakes during his recent visit."

The Director of Radio Rumbek had been "arbitrarily suspended", Kiir’s letter said, for allowing Akot to deliver his message of "goodwill".

Akot, who doubles as the chairperson of of South Sudan’s ruling party - the SPLM - in the state, caused controversy in September when sacked the Moses Malou Majok as the SPLM’s secretary general in Lakes state and replaced him with Mabur Ater Dhuol.

After a four-month delay, Dhuol was sworn in this week in a ceremony that was boycotted by the SPLM’s State Liberation Council making it unconstitutional according to some politicians but this has been refuted by Akot.

Earlier this week Akot said that he would never forgive Mayen, after he did not allow the state chairperson to broadcast a statement about his reasons for appointing Mabor Ater Dhuol as the new SPLM state secretary.

Akot said Thursday ahead of Mayen’s sacking: “I will forgive everyone who had objected [to] my decision to appoint [Mabor Ater Dhuol as SPLM state] secretary but I will not forgive that man, Charles Badiri Mayen, no matter whatsoever. If God come from heaven to earth, Charles deserves not to be forgiven.”

The former Lakes state Governor Chol Tong Mayay had not executed the order before he was himself was dismissed by Kiir a fews days later. No reasons have been given for Mayay’s sacking but it is believed to be due to his inability to improve security in the state, which has been blighted by cattle raids, banditry and revenge attacks between armed youth.

Kiir’ in his capacity as the national Chairperson of the SPLM order Mayay " to desist from interfering with activities of the SPLM Party in the State, and give chance for the elected officials to their assigned tasks."

Mayay was replaced by Matur Chut Dhuol in late January, who issued a decree relieving Mayen and the commissioner for the state headquarters in Rumbek, Mangar Matoc Machar.

The caretaker Governor has showed hardline tendencies since his appointment, warning politicians not to discuss politics in the state parliament and insisting that those arrested in connection with recent clashes be kept in secret detention centre allowed to see their own lawyer or human rights officials.

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Presidential order to relieve Lakes state’s information minister.

ST - Minister sacked by Lakes state’s military governor

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  • 10 February 2013 04:59, by master

    good
    it’s going to be a war among SPLM members

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    • 10 February 2013 05:08, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Master pls SPLA mambers will not firegun to them while Donkey eaten (Arab) are still disturbing South Sudan.

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      • 10 February 2013 10:35, by Bentiu Elite

        I think people here should not concentrate on DECISION by KIIR , we have to concentrate on what caused the decision (Badiri act). If true ,Badiri was using the Lake Media entity as his personal property..... Let us not forget that Lake state and Jungle state are parts of the FUTURE SOUTH SUDAN CAPITAL(RAMCIEL)...! Truly Kiir will be worried if no political and social understandings in these AREAS.

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        • 11 February 2013 06:27, by Kuranayang demedal

          SS & Lakers,let begin new chapter.No way to revive former governor.Akot was disciple during Ls priry eltion given by splm lrship but still a life.Akot will be taken to court in days to come by Southerners due to atrocities he comitted in 1991 splm melt down.Depending frozen policies is not hlthy a total in this 21 century where there is hum right law.iwish families victim are closely watching Akot

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    • 10 February 2013 06:53, by Malou Manyiel

      SPLM policies are likely to fail if no caution taken. I mentioned earlier, that Chol Tong’s removal was politically motivated. If at all president and the so called State’s SPLM chairman ordered the removal of an appointed minister at the state level, then where is the role of the state government? It means that whoever is not favoring state chairman or the president will be removed forcefully.

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    • 10 February 2013 08:49, by Lomiji

      Mr. President got it all wrong ! He is gullible ! Mr. Kiir has run out of ideas and has become a dictator in making in South Sudan. He has now made Lakes State to be a point of SPLM disintegration. Unles Mr. president stops modeling in cheap politics of the states and even in counties, South Sudan will not move forward at all ! SPLM Party needs another Captain apart from the current one !

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  • 10 February 2013 05:34, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    We says if even it is good move president Kiir and Matur Chuot are implementors. Awet is a really killer of these ministers.

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    • 10 February 2013 06:30, by bakuluk

      now we all know who is a killer!,Awet Akot is one who kill Southern Sudan citizen all this years in Juba to please his mam,

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      • 10 February 2013 07:01, by Nuer Empire

        Wow Awet Akot!! He has 39 different laws against Nuer.Now with his home town.We are still watching his 39 laws.There is nothing wrong to Kiir or Matur as they received false instruction from the 39 law maker.
        The Nuer Empire

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      • 10 February 2013 07:37, by Gatwiituor

        You right the killer is illiterate deputy speaker who don,t know his duty ,if its not coz kirr is uneducated he can luk carefully into it before he act,I think the world is now following the activities of that standard 8 president who din,t even reach the senior class ,its miracle for him to be president ,Robbeca nyandeng is better than him 4 presidency, What a nation even alcoholism bcome a presi

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    • 10 February 2013 07:04, by Malou Manyiel

      Daniel Awet Akot is in 3 positions, he is the state chairman of the SPLM, the deputy speaker of paliament at national level and at the same time the caretaker governor in Lakes State. What will be the role of caretaker governor in the state if he is ordered to removed state ministers? Powers must be separated if democarcy is to be realized.

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  • 10 February 2013 07:11, by master

    south sudan needs
    1- new president
    2- new people with new mentality
    3- new hearts full with love and peace

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    • 10 February 2013 08:01, by Kenyang

      Master,
      These are good points you mentioned but don’t you think yourself and Khartoum need these points as well? In fact, look at your name "Master" which implies South Sudanese are slaves, you and Khartoumers are masters, isn’t it? Physical separation shouldn’t mean any thing if our two Sudanese live side by side in peace and harmony. All can be started by little respect...

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  • 10 February 2013 07:29, by wulu selector

    wat ever game that is happening in lakes state is 50-50 awet is the former governor of this state,he is the State Splm chairman,he is general in the army and of all the deputy speaker @ national parliament despite all this dignities a junior staff like badiri stopping him from speaking on the state owned radio 98fm is an insult please let reason like intellectuals ok

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    • 10 February 2013 07:46, by bakuluk

      old man with old heart thinking,
      old man with caste of man who he killed,will do damage to citizen of Lake State.somebody have to stop him.

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    • 10 February 2013 07:58, by Malou Manyiel

      Wulu selector,
      Well, I would agree with you on the point that Badiri Mayen did a mistake to stopped Awet from broadicasting on FM radio. Therefore, it is a mistake that one of us can tell him off if you have a chance of meeting him. But since he apologised personally to Awet, he has to forgive him because mistakes are human. Awet completely refused his apology despite Mabor’s appointment.

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  • 10 February 2013 08:04, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Salva Kiir Miyardit doesn’t know his job description. He is just only emerging himself in any matter.If Salva Kiir Miyardit wrote a letter saying that"I am ordering you in strongest terms to forthwith relief the Minister of Information in Lakes State" What about the governor of Lake State? Salva Kiir is a lucky man, but not lucky in "Brain or thinking.
    By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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  • 10 February 2013 09:14, by Maker Chol

    It is true that the order for the removal of Charles Badiri Mayen, is ordered by Kiir in his letter dated January 17 2013, to former Governor Chol Tong and this letter was written under allegations against the former Governor accused to be behind rejection of appointment of Mabor Ater Dhuol as SPLM acting State Secretary. However, It is not true, but Salva kiir, Daniel Awet and their teams who are

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  • 10 February 2013 09:16, by Maker Chol

    beneficiaries of elections will test it difficult in the next general elections as the SPLM party is going to fail since the ruling party is now entertaining rumors. Why President Kiir could not summon the Governor and confirm whether he has interest to be party secretary or does he had any role amounting to the said confusions? Is Chol Tong not a member of SPLM to be ashamedly ordered by the Pres

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  • 10 February 2013 09:46, by Mapuor

    Awet Akot is a coward who used to stay either in Ghom-cok of Cuiebet county and Mathiangic of Rumbek county,he never fought a single battle during the war.SPLA was a self commanding force with all its officers getting their training in Bonga Institute for Revolutionary War studies,the officers were thus of the same level, starting from 2nd Lt to Marshal.Kiir should not listen to him as he is

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    • 10 February 2013 09:53, by Mapuor

      not popular in Lakes State.He never showed any courage or bravery during the long war.He was just loyal to late Garang during Kerubino Vs Garang crises that was why he was promoted to his current rank.He do not like veterans simply because they know him well and this is the reason he appoints upstarts in the SPLM and leaving out stalwarts who are both highly educated and veterans.

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  • 10 February 2013 10:00, by Dombolo

    the Issue is over age

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  • 10 February 2013 10:04, by Dombolo

    The position they have is not given to them by their parents, but the people elected them, let them not turn to break the neck of the ensense people.

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  • 10 February 2013 17:31, by Pif Paf

    Dear Dismissed Minister,
    I advise you to not waste anymore time and join brother Yau Yau to bring peace, justice and real leadership to this new nation.
    Good luck.

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    • 10 February 2013 18:54, by master

      pif paf
      great advise should be for great friend

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  • 11 February 2013 08:24, by New Government

    Dear readers.
    that is good example to Charles and his fool Chol Tong, let them go home and eat the 14 million that they have been stolen.
    Daniel Awet must make sure that Charles must bring back the Toyota landcruser that had been given to wulu county during the referendum before joining his brother pastor Gideon Shulur.

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  • 11 February 2013 08:47, by New Government

    the right person has come to remove this corrupted man call Mangar Matoc, you can imagine buying 90 cows within 2hrs where did he get that money and his salary cannot afford his home affairs and they relative....goooooooooooooooooooooo.

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