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N. Bahr el Ghazal governor sacks finance minister


March 1, 2014 (JUBA) - Paul Malong Awan, the governor of South Sudan’s border state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal sacked his minister of finance, Madut Santino Deng, on Friday in an order announced on state-owned SSTV.

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South Sudanese army chief Gen. Paul Malong Awan speaking at a Dinka Malual community meeting in Juba on 1 Novemer 2012 (ST)

Northern Bahr el Ghazal state’s minister of agriculture Ayii Bol Agany has been promoted to replace Deng, who is currently outside South Sudan on medical grounds.

In a separate order, Governor Awan appointed Lual Dau as the new agriculture minister.

Peter Akoon Maluil, a long serving office manager to successive governors, including Awan, was promoted to become the commissioner of the state revenue authority.

Maluil replaced Riakriak Akok Garang who was sacked along with the suspended state Secretary General, Garang Kuot Kuot. The latter has been replaced with Kiir Yor Lual, who becomes the new Secretary General for the state government.

Sabrino Majok Majok, director general for administration and finance in the state ministry of finance was also removed and replaced with Barnaba Nyok Urac, a local administrative officer.

Majok and Kuot are among the senior civil servants and officials the state government had suspended from their positions after they were suspected to have played a role in the loss of 9.8 million South Sudanese pounds.

An investigatory committee under the chairmanship of the minister local government, Lino Adup Achier, has been assembled on the directives of Governor Awan through the minister labour and public service.

Its terms of references include establishing the exact amount of money which has gone missing or been squandered as well as who was responsible.

It remains unclear whether the former minister of finance was involved, although several knowledgeable legislators claimed the funds were lost through syndicated activities involving senior state officials.


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  • 2 March 2014 08:10, by Chol Mading

    Good job Governor Malong. People like Sabrino Majok and Garang should face the music. Don’t just let them go but bring them to book and bring back all the public money they took with them and punish them. This will set a good example to others.

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  • 2 March 2014 13:00, by Never

    when the thief dog going with normal dog this normal dog also be come a thief. Garang Kuot lose his confidence respect from Aweilian, we thought before Garang is the one future of Aweil son, Mr Smooth destroy Garang.
    Malcolm X said to lose the money of believes is better to die, than to blame you.

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  • 3 March 2014 10:05, by Nan dit

    Well done N.Bhar el gazal governor.
    We go oyeeeeeeee! with your leadership.This is a kind of governance we want.Corruption is zero tolerant and we your leadership do put extra efforts in dealing with corrupts employees in your government. The remaining corruption to deal with is land grabbing, this is a critical one if not look into it will create conflict and spoil our peaceful state.

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    • 3 March 2014 14:56, by wacjak

      Let us be cautious. Governor Awan is corrupt himself and that explains why he rushed to fire those individuals such that his corrupt deals can never come out clearly. In any case, let us wait to see the findings from the committee hoping that there will be no interference.

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