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President Kiir sacks head of national oil company , trade under-secretary


May 26, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudan president Salva Kiir on Monday issued an order sacking the head of national oil company from his position. According to the order broadcast on the state owned South Sudan Television (SSTV), the president removed Paul Adong, and replaced him with Joseph Cleto Deng Kuol.

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South Sudan President an SPLM chairman Salva Kiir speaks during the inauguration of the new SPLM premises in Juba on 15 November 2013 (Photo Moses Lomayat)

Adong was moved to the headquarters of the ministry of petroleum and mining. No explanation was given for the sudden sacking of the long serving top civil servant.

Sources with direct knowledge of the circumstances leading to the presidential action claimed the president was persuaded by the parliamentary debates in which majority of the members directly called for the removal of the head of the central bank, Cornelio Koriom Mayik, head of national oil company, Paul Adong, and the under-secretary of the ministry of trade, Simon Nyang Anei.

Although the president responded to directives by parliament and removed two officials, Adong and Anei, he did not act on their directive to replace the head of Central Bank of South Sudan, Cornelio Koriom Mayik.

The legislators in a heated debate last week criticized the way the officials managed the letter of credit, resulting in the periodic shortage of essential commodities, including fuel and skyrocketing of consumer prices. This is despite government allocating 40 million South Sudanese pounds (SSP) on monthly basis to each institution.

In other appointments, the president named Joseph Lual Acuil, former minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management as head of national communications authority and Biel Jok Thich, as under-secretary in the ministry of trade.

Thich replaced his predecessor, Simon Nyang Anei, who was fired without new assignment.


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  • 27 May 2015 07:03, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All:
    A parliament of South Sudan always debate country issues after they all drunk, if not why they issue a decree on Paul Adong while he was the best person working hard even than president, Dinka!!! you mess up the country until the rebellion will grow bigger and huger. I hope Paul will joint the rebellion very soon.

    Son of Ngundeng
    currently in front line
    Pathay Jonglei State.

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    • 27 May 2015 08:02, by Kenyang

      Son Of Ngudeng,
      You’r pathetic just like your uncle Riek.You’re waging aimless war becuase Riek was removed from Vice Presidency. For rest of South Sudanese, these patriotic, hardworking South Sudanese should thank SPLM leadership for the trust, opportunity given. Allow a chance to others- they are South Sudanese, too. As good leaders, they’ll continue to help communities in other capacities.

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    • 27 May 2015 08:43, by Redeemer

      The culture Nuer wanted to propagate in the country is more than being termed as worst. for Nuer if one is re-leaved the option is to rebel

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      • 27 May 2015 09:33, by Kenyang

        We are yet to hear someone declaring rebellion in South Sudan because he’s recognised and appointed a government minster.
        We had enoug of people taking up armed becuase they either lost election or relieved from their post. It’s only in South Sudan that one can’t & must not lost election or be removed from gov’t.

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  • 27 May 2015 09:13, by Ambago

    This is the epitome of tribalism when members of a single ethnic group not only dominates key government positions, but even circulates it among themselves with much shamelessness.

    It all represents the Bankruptcy of Dinkocracy.

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  • 27 May 2015 14:29, by Majak Mangar Chawul

    The simplest rule about authority is to obey it! If you obey a ruler well, favor and promotion are sure to follow. If you rebel or shame those in authority, punishment and trouble are sure to follow. This is true for all spheres of authority

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  • 27 May 2015 15:17, by Runrach

    Dear folks,

    Paul removal wasn’t a presidential decrees but whiskey and tribal motivated removal as you been following all his stupid decrees since 2013. All the replacements came from Warrap state Rather than other states.

    That mean he is the father of corruptions and nepotism.

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