September 29, 2013 (RUMBEK) – The caretaker governor of South Sudan’s Lakes state on Saturday issued a decree dissolving his entire government, including his deputy.
Matur Chuol Dhuol’s surprise move came just two days after President Salva Kiir paid a courtesy visit to the region.
The governor, who is yet to announce a new cabinet, also slashed the number of ministries from 14 to nine.
Dhuol was appointed in January to take charge of the state affair governor after the president sacked Chol Tong Mayay, the elected governor over rising insecurity concerns.
In April, however, the caretaker governor reshuffled the state administration and formed a new cabinet, appointing new advisors and county commissioners.
His cabinet, critics said, fell short of fulfilling the ruling party (SPLM) policy of the 25% allocation given to women representatives.
Since he assumed office, the acting governor has faced widespread criticisms from Lakes state citizens, many of whom oppose his military approach of governance.
In May, Lakes state lawmakers threatened to impeached him, if he continued oppressing citizens.
An election, which was to be held 60 days after the caretaker governor was appointed has not materialised, contrary to the provisions of the country’s Transitional Constitution.
Several activists, lawmakers and politicians remain opposed to Dhuol stay in office, despite constant use of force to silence his critics.