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South Sudan president sacks state-owned oil company boss

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February 21, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir has sacked the head of the state-owned oil company (Nilepet), barely two years after he was appointed.

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The newly appointed Nilepet director James Mathiang Rok (Photo: Larco Lomayat)

In a decree announced on the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation Monday, President Kiir removed Machar Achiek Ader and appointed James Mathiang Rok as his successor.

It is still unclear why Achiek, appointed head Nilepet in November 2015, was sacked.

Nilepet is the public company managed by the government with a mandate to oversee oil production, but has, over the years, been plagued by allegations of corruption and mismanagement, regularly forcing the president to make changes.

South Sudan heavily relies on oil for over 98% of its revenues, but mismanagement of the resources have allegedly cost the country millions of dollars in recent years and pushed the citizens to return to into exile as refugees after living conditions, resulting from effects of over three years of the ongoing war have been unbearable.

The new changes confirmed earlier speculations that the president would move quickly clean up the oil sector. Officials claim Nilepet routinely spent almost half the proceeds from crude oil sales before they reached the ministry of finance.

The country is hit by hyperinflation making the president come under pressure for which many citizens expect him to take decisive action and head off the effects of the oil shock. He is also to stamp out corruption, spread wealth more evenly across the country’s estimated population of 12 million people and to end its ongoing conflict.

Since its independence, South Sudan has relied on oil for all income—a situation that has significantly compounded ongoing political and economic instability due to fall in crude oil prices. The collapse in oil prices has left the state’s coffers depleted and government faces huge budget deficits.

in the past, officials say, oil production reached as high as 350,000 bpd but fell after a dispute with Sudan over fees for pumping South Sudan’s crude through Sudan’s export pipeline, which led Juba to halt production in 2012.

South Sudan got the lion’s share of the oil when it split from Sudan in 2011, but it’s only export route is through Sudan, giving Khartoum leverage and leading to the ongoing pricing disputes.

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  • 22 February 03:51, by Uncle J

    President Kiir have too much powers, what is the work of board of directors for NILEPET if it is the president himself who appoints and sacks people in decrees?

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    • 22 February 10:55, by Midit Mitot

      Sacking, sacking government servants every days to replace them with his own relatives, shit!

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  • 22 February 05:48, by doot

    Those who are in the direction of corruption deserve nothing.
    This move has sent strong signal to other corrupt entities.
    Reason for sacking this oil company director is extremely clear.
    Mismanagement,and corruption point to his sacking.

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    • 22 February 06:56, by jubaone

      doot,
      The system is rotten and the people are incompetent, both just dont work. You cant have a rotten system with good and competent people, it will not work and you cant also have a well functioning system with fools running it, it will not work. Just stop everything. Try a new system with qualified and comepetent people, it will work. That is logic! You understand?

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      • 22 February 07:47, by South South

        Jubaone,

        You are the only person who just talk without any action. Through internet only, I think nothing can be achieved man. The country is moving, just keep talking, but we are walking.

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        • 22 February 08:17, by Tilo

          South South,

          Juba one is right,
          How can you work for the government that doesn’t give chance to educated people, The current gov’t doesn’t need peace so that they can continue to loot public funds. If there is peace and good governance system, they know there will be accountable and that is not what they want. They need to keep enriching them selves as the country is in mess.

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        • 22 February 09:05, by jubaone

          South South,
          Where is the country moving to? Do you even know which direction? Are you not like that person who runs 10km on a hometrainer and doesnt go anywhere? Just keep dreaming and walk around in circles, perhaps one day you will get to Gogrial, insha Allah!

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          • 22 February 09:25, by South South

            Jubaone,

            I want my brother Tilo to read your comment here and see by himself what you are after. You will pass away Jubaone from this anger. You are powerless and you can’t change anything. Yes, the country is moving forward, yes, of course, there are many challenges, but one can look to Juba now and compare it with Juba in 2005, huge different. Keeping talking, I am walking.

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            • 22 February 10:29, by Tilo

              Which direction are you walking, the direction of creating more chaos, famine, brutality, Rap, torture, unlawful killing of innocent people "Woman and children"
              What are the basic needs that you and your government is providing to the general public?

              People can talk, before you talk first listen to yourself buddy.
              Life is now more chaotic than ever before

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            • 22 February 12:05, by jubaone

              South Sudan,
              I think you have drunk so much Red Label Whisky and now you keep "walking" all day like Johnie Walker. Why Juba and not Rumbek, Bor or Aweil? This obsession with Juba, everything Juba. Take the capital city to jeingeland, then we have our peace.

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              • 22 February 12:42, by South South

                Jubaone,

                No, you are wrong, no drinking alcohol for me because I was raised drinking milk only. Juba is our capital for all South Sudanese, period? Internet warriors will not chase us away from any part of South Sudan. You don’t like Dinka tribe? That’s your own problem, but Dinka are going to move freely to any part of South Sudan, other tribes of South Sudan can move too. Win, win.

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                • 22 February 16:07, by jubaone

                  South South,
                  Because you jienges want to freely move anywhere without respect for the host communities, it’s therefore not surprising that people call you MTN. Why don’t others want to go to jiengelands? Even jienges themselves never loves their areas. You have to develop your luaks or you remain squatters and vagabonds for life.

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                  • 22 February 21:53, by South South

                    Jubaone,

                    I am glad you acknowledge that you are weak and use internet only to make these empty threats. Dinka cannot be vagabonds in South Sudan. They are in Juba because Juba is a federal capital of South Sudan. They are going to move freely and they have to respect others South Sudanese communities. Luak is much better than what I see !!!!!!!!!!

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                    • 23 February 09:38, by jubaone

                      South Sudan,
                      But not everyone must come to the federal city like what you jienges are doing. Cuz you are lazy and cant produce your own food, no security cos of senseless revenge killings, no development cos of corruption in your areas you all would rather live as squatters in Juba, why? Kiir has given you many states to go and develop them, so why idle around?

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                      • 23 February 12:36, by South South

                        Jubaoe,

                        All things you mentioned about Dinka are rubbish and lies. Dinka are very hard working and very brave people, that why the liberated South Sudan. I am so glad to see people like you cornered in the west. Using internet is the only thing you can do, right? Juba is ours, it is our city, capital of South Sudan. You don’t like that, live with it powerless man.

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        • 22 February 09:50, by ring

          South Sudan. Yes, you are walking, but towards what and where? You may just be a dead-man walking towards peril

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          • 22 February 10:44, by South South

            No, Ring, I am walking toward right direction. South Sudan will be there and will remain as a country forever. I support President’s national dialogue because it is the only way we can listen to each other and reach very good understanding. People like Jubaone who wants country to collapse are the enemy of South Sudan. South Sudan is ours in rich or poor, in bad health and in good health.

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            • 22 February 14:35, by Theallseeingeye

              South South
              who are you to say that ND is the only way to bring peace.
              first of all when you want peace you dialog with your enemy not friends, second the partner that you want to dialog with should have his/her own choice too, so you can’t create something of your own and claim that this is the only solution anyhow what is the grantee that those who will join the ND won’t be detained.

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              • 22 February 14:53, by South South

                Theallseeingeye,

                Tell me your way to bring peace to South Sudan.

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                • 23 February 07:16, by hamil

                  South Sudan

                  The only way to bring peace is to stop the deliberate isolation of Machar he is the one fighting in the bush not Taban Deng Gai. You very well know this, I know this, South Sudanese know this and the International Community knows this. As long as Kiir continues to dance in his naivety forget peace; engage in dialogue with your real enemy not a clowned enemy in form of Taban Deng Gai

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    • 23 February 07:00, by hamil

      Doot

      Are you lecturing us about corruption? Do you know how much Malong and your President are keeping in foreign banks and underground bunkers in Aweil and Warrap. Please don’t start this corruption topic because the president and his tribal cabinet the JCE and Malong are the ideal definition of corruption

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  • 22 February 08:19, by lino

    Really!!! He was one of the kids we taught at St. LUANGA Basic Education in Cairo, Egypt. I hope he will be good and not corrupt like his kinsmen!!!

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  • 22 February 11:46, by Deng Biyar

    May God Bless Us

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  • 22 February 14:52, by Lou Nuer The Great

    stupid south jce sudan

    your national dialogue is bogus as you derial august 2015 peace still rapping torturing and burning people alive in their own land war is last choice as there will be no ugandans mercenaires again fuck salva kiir

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    • 22 February 17:39, by Kat Cok

      Lou Nuer The Great, what is the relation between sacking of Nilepet MD with the appointing the New MD with National dialogue?
      It is clear that you are negative mind by the post you posted here, you should be wise enough to talk about the topic than saying the different issue.

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    • 22 February 19:02, by Kush Natives

      Lou Nuer! What a tardy. You’re completely traumatized by Kiir’s name, I can see that. Why not staying on the topic or meant post? Illiteracy is playing a proxy tribal in your dirty brain cells. You better go back to Gambella’s 6 grader and study G.H.C well, so that you know how to sort out things.
      Thanks,

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  • 22 February 19:14, by Kush Natives

    Taking money to the people is what I could describe the presidential degree! Congratulations to Nilepet! You’re here to make people richest easiest then ever. We’re still waiting for the promised minister of Nilepet to and loot millions of dollars and exit out by degree next year or so! Don’t you have a backgrounds check Mr. President Salva Kiir of those who hired? If yes,then what let you an inti

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  • 23 February 06:52, by hamil

    Salva Kiir should one day wake up and sack himself too. If anything goes wrong in any sector in South Sudan, he is the first to blame because he made those appointments there is a saying that "A good tree produces good fruits and a bad one produces bad fruits" He is the tree and all the fruits he bears have always been bad. All his appointees turned out to be bad they never did anything good

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