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Kiir never ordered Warrap minister’s resignation: spokesperson

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February 13, 2014 (JUBA) – A spokesperson for the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Thursday said reports that the latter ordered the recent resignation of Warrap state’s information minister were untrue.

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South Sudan president Salva Kiir (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)

Minister Nyenaguek Kuol Mareng tendered in her resignation on 5 February after she was accused of contradicting government’s version of events that led to the mid-December outbreak of violence in the South Sudan capital, Juba.

“Get me; this is from the horse’s mouth. I spoke to the president and he told me clearly that he did not talk to Nyengaguek, so all that was said about the president is incorrect. The president did not talk to her,” Ateny Wek Ateny told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

Ateny further said the junior minister “freely and voluntary” decided by herself to resign after government agents showed her video clips and telephone records about her activities.

“The president was not in any way involved in her resignation. What happened was that the security provided the evidences of her activities to the state governor before other officials. So what happened was within the prerogative of the governor,” stressed the presidential spokesperson.

“You know that governors have the prerogative to appoint and dismiss ministers and advisors in their respective states. They also have the same prerogative to accept resignation from their ministers. The president does not get involved,” he added.

Ms Kuol became the first state minister to quit during the current crisis, which has led to 10,000 deaths, according to the International Crisis Group. The United Nations estimates that 740,000 people have been displaced.

Multiple officials and security sources told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that Kuol was forced to resign after she openly showed support for the country’s former vice-president Riek Machar and his allied rebels.

Joseph Anei Madoor the director for public relations and political affairs in the state governor’s office, however, told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that "personal problems" prompted the minister’s resignation.

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RESIGNATION LETTER-WARRAP INFORMATION MINISTER
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  • 14 February 06:25, by Tut Tut

    May be he just stumbled on that since orders are his routine. Just make sure to carefully trace his documents. What a country?

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    • 14 February 06:45, by Mi diit

      Mrs. Ateny Wek will always find it difficult to lie for Mrs. Akiir late. How many days since the world read that Mrs. Akiir forced the minister of Warrap to resign? And Mrs. Ateny reacts many days later on. Sorry man, both you and your boss are incompetents. Mrs. Akiir maybe stated it when he was drunk. Don’t waste your time with late reactions.

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    • 14 February 07:03, by Mike Mike

      Influencing is very common with our people of SS one can be change simply though people knows him of telling the truth.Now the blood of Ateny has been totally changed from it steady to lie to the people like any others whom were well known in the South for telling lies and hided what had happen exactly.the minister was forced to resigned you accept that there is no ground for you to deny it.

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  • 14 February 06:27, by Wicdail

    Look at them, they always Contradict themselves and deny what is already known to the whole world. What a curse leaders they are?

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