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S. Sudan gets new chief whip, deputy ministers reshuffled

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November 15, 2013 (JUBA) - Tulio Odongi Ayahu, a member of parliament from Eastern Equatoria state has been named as the new chief whip of the South Sudan Legislative Assembly, replacing Atem Garang de Kuek, according to an executive order broadcast by state-owned South Sudan Television (SSTV) on Thursday.

It remains unclear what caused the change, as neither the minister of information and broadcasting services who speaks for the government nor the office of the president has provided an explanation.

No government official has also commented on the change. However, there is speculation that de Kuek is being lined up by the leadership for a new assignments at the national secretariat of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.

"These are just normal changes. We were expecting this to have happened in September. The president told us at the caucus meeting when we met to discuss as SPLM nomination of the current speaker and the deputies that position of comrade Atem would be filled and he would be given new assignment at the National Secretariat. I really do not know which position but I think he will be the next Secretary General. This is only my reading”, a member of parliament who did not want to named told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

President Kiir cited chapter III (10) (1) of the conduct of business regulations, read together with article 200 of the 2011 transitional constitution of South Sudan as source of his constitutional powers to make parliamentary changes.

The president, in a separate order, appointed Peter Bashir Gbandi, a veteran politician from Maridi County, Western Equatoria State, as new deputy minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, replacing Elia Wako Nyamellel who was removed in 2012.

Selwa Gibril Beriberi, national expert in the office of the president was relieved of her duties and appointed as the new deputy minister for cabinet affairs, replacing Wek Mamer who was removed during the major cabinet shakeup on 23 July 2013.

Beriberi was the former undersecretary at the ministry of regional cooperation in the regional Southern Sudanese governement before secession from Sudan in July 2011.

The order promoted Paulino Wanawilla Onango to minister of justice at the expense of his former boss John Luk Jok. The parliament rejected Kiir’s attempt to appoint Telar Ring Deng as Jok’s replacement in August, the first time the MPs have not approved a presidential nomination.

Article 101 (c) of the transitional constitution of the republic of South Sudan allows president to appoint constitutional and judicial post holders. However, all appointments must be approved by the national parliament in accordance to article 57 (g) of the 2011 transitional constitution.

The new appointees have not yet been formerly put to parliament for vetting a approval.

The governors of Lakes and Warrap this year appointed cabinets for their state’s without seeking the approval of the state legislatures, drawing public criticism and political boycotts.

This year Kiir has sacked three state governors and replaced them with caretakers. The constitution allows the president to replaced governors if there is a risk to national security, however elections are supposed to be held within two months.

Lakes state’s caretaker governor was appointed in January, Unity state’s in July, while Jonglei’s governor stepped aside to become South Sudan’s defence minister in August. Former defence minister John Koang Nyuon was appointed by Kiir as the caretaker governor for Jonglei on 14 November.

(ST)

ST - Kiir appoints ex-defense minister as caretaker governor of Jonglei state

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  • 16 November 2013 06:59, by Peacocktail

    Please Welcome our New Leaders as they shall work for the greater interest of this belove nation. bravo Gen.President Kiir for this marvealous move.Bring most inspired and experience leaders into cabinet. Keep those irresponsible at their home and limit and monitor their activities and travels abroad.. SPLM is in our heart and our soul second to JESUS CHRIST the Savior of the World. Long Live SPLM

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    • 16 November 2013 07:52, by Bol Pur

      I think bringing people while abandoning others is not bringing new leaders. I don’t think giving all positions away and forgetting Lakes state make sense in Kiir government. Anyway if people of lakes state have done something good to Kiir in 2004 which let him to his poistion today and finally abandon them God will answer. How can he gave away ministry of justice leaving Lakes only with deputy m.

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      • 16 November 2013 07:56, by Bol Pur

        Because Telar being adviser how many advisers from other states while they still have ministries. Kiir intentionally decided to implement what he has been thinking about people of Lakes state since during the war. Kiir never like people of Lakes state. Lakes state given governor who doesn’t know how to read and write, Lakes state having only deputy minister and adviser while Warrab has Kiir

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        • 16 November 2013 08:00, by Bol Pur

          As president, 3 ministers, Govenor of Bank, Director General of Security and chief Justice. Can anyone with sound mind just tell me whether Warrab fought war alone with Kiir? Does it mean Lakes state did not participate in this war? I am sure Kiir with his kins knows very well the role that Lakes state played to date. i think some people forget when people are eating.

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          • 16 November 2013 08:03, by Bol Pur

            When things were bad during war lakes state stand and share little they have with SPLM. Why today people of Lakes state are thrown away. If I were people of Lakes state, we can organize ourselves and see Kiir by 2015, I think Kiir is taking votes of lakes state as just minority without Lakes Warrab can bring him. But who will understand my crying in Lakes state where politicians busy begging Kiir.

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            • 16 November 2013 09:15, by Peacocktail

              Bol Pur,
              Our Politicians are hopeless, do not rely on them for your success even if they are selected to highest organ of the Government at Central. they shall be looking at their children schools fees, sick leaves allowances, home allowance. How many MPs visit Rumbek Central sinces clashes happens and across South Sudan MPs. they think getting to be MP is just God Gift and never mind on voters.

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              • 16 November 2013 10:25, by Mi diit

                Atem Garang de Kuek is discarded. Kiir doesn’t like him at all. I don’t know where this false hope of becoming a SG comes from. Twic East politicians should not dream of that from incompetent Kiir. Bor South are the best boys now for Kiir.

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                • 17 November 2013 00:10, by never

                  midiit
                  Bor south are just employers for southern sudan. whether it’s Dr. Garang time or Kiir time, Bor south are there to do the jobs which is given to them. where were you during the war. have you forgot the time when Dr. G used to use kuol M. against Bor south sons. while dr Garang is prisoning some.Dr. G and Kuol have killed many of our Bor south son.late me name few of them,Majargai@Thonayei.

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    • 16 November 2013 17:09, by SouthSudaneseviews

      The government of South Sudan becomes Dinka Bor or Bor County thing. Kuol Manyang is now a president, Micheal Makuei V.P, Malaak Ayuen’s Bilpam center Juba, Mach Paul’s security to murder, S.S B.G Region Military headed by someone from Bor County, A. Deng Nhial Minister, Maker Thioong’s Vetting committee. Dinka Twi/Twic East County people be humble until Jesus comes back.

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      • 16 November 2013 23:41, by Ito

        Welcome General and freedom fighter Tulio Odongi, you should have been appointed long time ago as minister of defense of cabinet affairs but tribalism kept you behind. Anyways, As Bible says, no one can tell how God works but God himself. YOu are now in parliament though the position is lower comparing to your contribution to the movement since from ethiopia. God be with you.

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  • 16 November 2013 10:00, by Marco Bul

    Bol Pur??
    Do u know that Tëlär Rïng is acting as a prime minister in ROSS gov’t?? Don’t blame Kiir and leave Tëlär alone.
    You are talking of Lake State?? What about Twic East MPs which are branded Garang’s Boys that should be discarded?? It is time for Kiir’s Boys.So you just nurse your disappointment in silent.

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  • 16 November 2013 11:31, by Agutthon

    There are two theories or speculations on removal of Chief Whip; maybe there is another position awaiting him or he was discarded for good for that comment against joining East African Community (E.A.C). SPLM under Kiir is intolerable to divergent views even with its members

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  • 16 November 2013 17:08, by SouthSudaneseviews

    The government of South Sudan becomes Dinka Bor or Bor County thing. Kuol Manyang is now a president, Micheal Makuei V.P, Malaak Ayuen’s Bilpam center Juba, Mach Paul’s security to murder, S.S B.G Region Military headed by someone from Bor County, A. Deng Nhial Minister, Maker Thioong’s Vetting committee. Dinka Twi/Twic East County people be humble until Jesus comes back.

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  • 16 November 2013 17:08, by SouthSudaneseviews

    The government of South Sudan becomes Dinka Bor or Bor County thing. Kuol Manyang is now a president, Micheal Makuei V.P, Malaak Ayuen’s Bilpam center Juba, Mach Paul’s security to murder, S.S B.G Region Military headed by someone from Bor County, A. Deng Nhial Minister, Maker Thioong’s Vetting committee. Dinka Twi/Twic East County people be humble until Jesus comes back.

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  • 17 November 2013 20:24, by Whortti Bor Manza

    This Betrayal called Paulino Wanawila Unango, is a sell out. The son of a traditional singer and a beggar in the Balanda community made it to the top echelon by first betraying his former boss, John Luke. See how he insulted his own tribe the Balanda while addressing students at Juba university. The preident depends on lone cabals who have no place in societies.

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