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South Sudan oil minister rejects calls for Kiir’s dismissal


February 23, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese oil minister has rejected a proposal calling on President Salva Kiir to stepping down in order for peace to be implemented and prepare the country for elections at the end of the interim period.

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South Sudan’s petroleum minister Ezekiel Gatkouth makes opening remarks at the Oil and Power conference in Juba, October 16, 2017 (APO)

“For us, this is a nonstarter. We want President Salva Kiir to continue, First Vice-President Taban Deng Gai, Vice President James Wani to continue and expand the government so that everybody is brought on board,” said Petroleum Minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth.

The former rebel official turned pro-government supporter and became a minister following the ousting out of the former first vice president Riek Machar in 2016, said the government was interested in expanding the cabinet so that everyone was given the assignment to help bring peace and end the war.

“For us, we want everybody to be brought on board so that we share responsibilities of bringing peace to the country. People who are interested in running, they can run during elections,” said Gatkuoth in an interview with the BBC Focus on Africa on Thursday.

The SPLM-IO faction led by Taban Deng Gai and President Kiir himself are opposed to the participation of the former First Vice President Riek Machar in the transitional government saying he would obstruct the process.

However, they welcome the participation of the members of his group in the transitional government.

The minister said the citizens of his home region, Upper Nile, were returning to their homes because the situation was getting back to normal. He claimed 90% of the area was now peaceful.

“People are actually being told to come back home and they are coming. They are returning and we are stabilizing the situation of the economy; it is booming, I can actually guarantee you that,” he claimed.

He said that the Ministry of Petroleum is working to “make sure that the money we are getting from oil is actually used for providing services”.

When the South Sudanese crisis erupted in December 2013, Minister Gatkuoth was part of the SPLM - former political detainees. After his release, he joined the SPLM-IO of Riek Machar before to defect and join Taban Deng Gai.


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  • 23 February 2018 23:01, by lino

    What if Gen. Kiir decided with his own will to step down like other great leaders Mandela, Mbeki, Zuma, and now Prime Minister of Ethiopia?!
    When the country goes wrong leaders...real leaders need to listen; else nothing will change forward till death... When a leader dies in crossfire; that is what brought genocide in greater scale...Egypt and Tunisia escaped it, but Libya failed peaceful transfe

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    • 23 February 2018 23:04, by lino

      Continue: Libya failed the peaceful means of power transfer!!!
      Kiir has his own choice and he should never listen to advisers who want to keep their seats!!!
      Keep legacy of struggle or destroy it yourself!!!

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      • 23 February 2018 23:09, by lino

        Ezekiel Gatkouth, I don’t believe your statement that the money of oil is going for services!!! People stay 3-6 months without pay, and the oil money is being spent on war machines and equipment and the rest to security forces and government ministers!!!

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        • 24 February 2018 09:22, by jubaone

          Don’t mind Ezekiel Lol and the few jienge supporters online. The Kiirminal wants peace desperately and change is coming sooner or later. This jienge wiggling and jittery is just fear that the source of loot 💰 will dry up. Even as these tailless monkeys talk of peace, their people are fleeing in droves or squatting in Uganda or Kenya. They better hang themselves now.

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    • 24 February 2018 03:49, by South South

      lino, you half brain old man can not suggest anything good to South Sudan. Kiir is Kiir. You take him as he’s or hit the road. Kiir will stay as a president of South Sudan until when the right time come to step down voluntary. We have no time for useless rebels to give us their bogus suggestions

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      • 24 February 2018 08:55, by jubaone

        May The cries of our people curse these worthless creatures for causing such misery to our people. May their sons become failures in life, drunkards and thieves like their fathers. May their daughters become harlots and prostitutes who shall bear bastardized children. May their families break down and separate. May Satan control them.

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      • 24 February 2018 09:02, by lino

        Ya SS, we know the man very well! Don’t advise! What if Comander Pieng Deng Majok executed the orders of Dr. John Garang in 2004 to arrest the cowboy on spot?! South Sudan would have been saved thick headed leaders!!! His time will come after destroying his legacy!
        I am not sure how historians will remember him?!!!

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        • 24 February 2018 10:55, by South South

          lino, shut up and don’t bother us what useless suggestions. Kiir is there as a president of South Sudan. When time comes for him to step down, a right man within SPLA will replace him.

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      • 24 February 2018 10:37, by Malakal county Simon

        South Sudan/Slave

        let’s me ask you a simple question; what’s good did your step-father failed/unwanted president did in order for him to stay in power forever????

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        • 24 February 2018 10:43, by South South

          Malakal county Simon,

          Don’t write like a small child. You are fighting us to destroy our government? We taught you very dear lessons. Why do you ask about Kiir being in the government? You will be roaming for the rest of your life, shut up loser. Kiir is not your business, your business is your blind uncle who is in jail in South Africa.

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      • 24 February 2018 12:48, by Mopedi

        South Sudan
        Sadam Hussein and Mohamed Gadhafi two powerful presidents once claimed to be untouchable but at last, they were miserably sodomized by their own loyal soldiers, whatever people asked of Kiir to step down peacefully will earn him respect, forgiveness and his property will be protected

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        • 24 February 2018 12:55, by South South


          Rebels are very desperate to put out anything. Sadam Hussein and Gadhafi both were removed by USA and European, not their people. Kiir is staying in your face.

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        • 24 February 2018 13:02, by Mopedi

          Kiir lead South Sudan for 13 years without guiding principles, his delegates go for peace talk barely with national anthem without it guiding principles, any way you may not know what guiding principles of Country are for example for Uganda "For God and My Country" Kenya "Harambee" Tanzania "Ujamma"may be South Sudan "SPLA OYEEE" haaaa, haaaa!

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  • 24 February 2018 00:28, by Nairobimitot

    Very Good Ezekiel Lol

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    • 24 February 2018 10:29, by jubaone

      You´re one of those parasiting beneficiaries of the rotten jienge system. Ezekiel Lol in an oil conference in India alluded "with oil production, the economy of SS is booming" eh?? I am not an economist and Ezekiel, just another academic impostor surely doesnt know how an economy booms. He is fighting for his survival and with changes coming in, kiirminal will drop him. He has fears.

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  • 24 February 2018 00:36, by Nairobimitot

    Very Good Ezekiel Lol May God bless and our President Salva Kiir Mayardit. May God reward and praise our president with the vision of turning his country South Sudan into the economic hub of Africa so that those who opposed him and feel ashamed for underestimating him.
    We know that the development is now starting very slowly, but soon it will pick up the paste and kick off rapidly. Let us all support and come behind our president so that he can become a better president this time around. There is no other person else. He is the only one who still live because God wants him to continue leading his people of South Sudan to see a better future.

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  • 24 February 2018 02:06, by Games

    Blood sucker, civilians are in IO control territory areas not at government areas in the whole greatest Upper Nile region. Please LOL Garmouth, eat your bloody money quite peacefully without attacking the Opposition groups

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  • 24 February 2018 02:08, by Games

    The country economy cannot growth without Unity State oil production.

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  • 24 February 2018 02:15, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Just two years ago if you asked self-centred minister Gatkuoth for Kiir to resign, he would have positively supported it. But now after having plotted to assassinate Riek who stood entirely for South Sudanese interests because his Boss Taban Deng and him were angry for not being rewarded with ministries of their choices, he is now singing the song of the person they hated most.A hypocrite and lier

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    • 24 February 2018 02:25, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      South Sudanese are neither Gatkuoth nor Taban or are they Wani nor Lomuro. Implement the peace agreement as signed in 2015 and justice must applied to those who mass murdered our loved ones. Stop spewing nonsense Gatkuoth. We know you have now joined the club of Makuei and Lomuro on the platform of misinformation and propaganda while our relatives are dying of diseases and hunger.

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      • 24 February 2018 03:43, by South South

        Good work Mr. Minister Gatkuoth. Rebels of Reik’s IO and other coin rebels thought that they will win the war easily, that why they rushed to bushes, but right now they notice that nothing can shake Kiir’s position. They are running around calling for Kiir to step down. Well, Kiir is going nowhere and if anyone who wants to share power with him can just join him, simple and clear.

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        • 24 February 2018 04:02, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          Just wait. It will come to torment your ribs. You are just a person without human conscience!! With millions of people killed by a leader who his failed in his role as a president of a country, you still support him? What an idiot?

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          • 24 February 2018 05:08, by South South

            Idiot are those rebels who lost the war and they are now running around spreading lies thinking that people will just believe their lies. The problem of South Sudan is coin rebels.

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        • 24 February 2018 09:02, by jubaone

          South South,
          Ezekiel Lol like many nyagats is a loser and "coin rebel". He betrayed Riak for a handful of dollars. May God curse him and his children be worthless like the children of other SS currently in refugee camps. Even supporters of the kiirminal will live as refugees and never have a place called home. For they are cursed.

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          • 24 February 2018 10:47, by South South


            Please refrain from useless statements. Those in refugee camps ran there on their choices. They can come back to South Sudan today if they choose so. Those in UN Camps inside South Sudan are free now. They come out everyday in Juba, Wau and Malakal to do their daily life, but they go back to the camps at night.

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      • 24 February 2018 05:21, by Tilo

        Nuer are becoming the most useless community in South Sudan - No wonder Dinka are happy playing them back and forth (Nuer are killing Nuer for betterment of Dinka)

        If Nuer don’t get their act together they will be the most vulnerable community in South Sudan

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        • 24 February 2018 05:30, by Mayendit

          Mr. Tilo

          I strongly disagree with your fool statement. First of all, when the SPLA/M fought against Khartoum’s government, there were many Southern Sudanese people working with the regime because the name of Sudan belong to all Sudanese people and same thing in young nation, the current government is belong to all South Sudanese people even though some tribalism militias are lacking understanding

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          • 24 February 2018 11:09, by Tilo


            Please read my last statement "If heartless Nuer continue to flow in Jieng regime" Most Nuer people will be vulnerable and victim of this atrocity.
            Nuer Community has more to do in order to strengthen their community. Otherwise the war Nuer is fighting can never be fruitful to Nuer itself.
            Some of the Nuer are for position but not for the well being of Nuer community or SS at large.

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        • 24 February 2018 06:54, by Games

          These are the heartless Nuer man, like every community in S. Sudan has heartless individuals that supporting that idiot so call Mr. President. I myself I have my elder brother in Juba and I have not talked to him since 2013. I considering him as one of the prime enemy compare to JCE

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        • 24 February 2018 09:16, by jubaone

          Right! Michael Makuei was alluded that Nuers were like misbehaved house dogs that needed regular beating but often would submissively return to its master for a meatless bone once hungry. Nothing so true like this. Nuers are the worst losers and with nyagat sellouts like Taban and co. no Nuers dare leave PoC why?

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        • 24 February 2018 10:26, by Malakal county Simon


          Understood your frustrations and wanting the Nuer to unite against the failed president but please do not generalize the whole community because of few few Nuers traitors, it’s will do no good to us as SPLM IO fighting for a betterment of South Sudan...... Once, please refrain from such a baseless statement......

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          • 24 February 2018 11:20, by Tilo

            Malakal county Simon,

            Now that the Nuer people knows the aim of some of the elites, What are they doing to seize and come out from the situation.
            The likes of Taban Deng n Ezekiel are disgrace to Nuer and SS at large. The longer the war continues, the more the Nuer are vulnerable and suffering the most. Those of Taban n elites are buying time n enriching themselves @ the expense of common SS

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        • 24 February 2018 13:16, by Mopedi

          I agree with you, the Nuer community shall never be closer to Dinka given their short political Interest If all Nuers were to stand for Justice, Freedom, prosperity, and Unity of South Sudanese as aspired by Dr. Riak, the J1 episode would not have happened and now our people would have been enjoying peace.So this is not prediction but real analysis, they will be tool for destroying SS

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          • 24 February 2018 13:23, by Mopedi

            The evidence is STD and his Nuers followers, and the rest who abandoned the struggle to Equatoria and join the government who beheaded, raped, tortured and castrated their loved one, I love everyone to embrace peace but not hatred and that is why Kiir is peacefully advised to step down for peace to return and people be reconciled

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    • 24 February 2018 09:30, by jubaone

      Whether jienge or nyagat Nuers, they are the same in their approach to showing allegiance. Food and friendship. The jellaba know these food lovers and have used them time and again. As Equatorians, let’s concentrate on building our unity and ensuring that Equatexit take course. Jienges and nyagateen are all hoped up in Equatoria/Juba. They are settlers and "jur".

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  • 24 February 2018 04:39, by Mayendit

    Oil Minister Mr. Ezekiel Gatkuoth Lol and others commentators.
    The reason why many South Sudanese are calling on their president Salve Kiir Mayardit to resigned or step down is because the situation is getting worst every single day and the devalued of SSP is concerns. The worldwide dislike South Sudanese president and he has to think clear on how long he will pushed it that leadership?.

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    • 24 February 2018 09:09, by jubaone

      Just google Ezekiel Lol’s bio data in internet and you will be surprised that he is just a sucker, ordinary nyagat like the rest "coin rebels". He was bought and used like some Bentiu whore and must satisfy his current client. As long as he has no house in Gajaak area, he will remain a worthless smartly dressed squatter. He must fight for survival bcoz change is coming soon.

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  • 24 February 2018 04:51, by Mayendit

    I like him, the president of South Sudan Salve Kiir Mayardit, because he had never change his mind during the civil war of the SPLA/SPLM until the CPA arrived in 2005 however, the political will is not alive after the dead of our founder Dr. John Garang and it would best to say, let another his successor try if the situation will make any different. You can not pushed the nation so hard for punish

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  • 24 February 2018 05:01, by Mayendit

    I think it is up to the president of the Republic of South Sudan gen, Salve Kiir Mayardit to decide if he wanted to pushing himself until the end of the day in leadership or step down as a way of avoiding the insight punishment which is very likely to happen to your own people and I don’t want that to happen. It is so sad that, Riek Machar, Mabior Garang, Recbecca Nyandeng, Majak D. Agot sold SS

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  • 24 February 2018 05:16, by Mayendit

    Yes, I would like the president gen, Salve Kiir Mayardit to step down if he is more willing to accepted but before doing that, he has to organizes the SPLA, Civil administrations, States governments, Locals governments, banks, PMS, Ministers and all others government Agencies then, find someone who is Academic, politician,skillful and unique on foreign policies and hand it power to him or her.

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  • 24 February 2018 13:37, by Kush Natives

    Line vs Jubaone,
    Be quite when government officials are discussing the matters that concern the country. We’re tired of your brainless negative attacks in daily basis. There’s nothing concerns you at all! All we need from you is shut up or we will shut you up🐅

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    • 24 February 2018 15:47, by jubaone

      Bush Natives,
      I couldn’t have given a damn, if jienges killed Nuers or vice versa on their thousands. It’s their business. I get concerned once Jienges and nyagateen come and do their shit 💩 in Equatoria. Go to your luaks and butcher yourselves, I’ve no problems at all. Both have no added value to Equatorians except taking our spaces.

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  • 24 February 2018 18:03, by @you

    What type of human are you?

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