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South Sudan defence minister denies role in appointing daughter


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South Sudan’s Defence Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk, poses for a photo after a cabinet meeting in Juba January 17, 2014 (Reuters/Andreea Campeanu Photo

March 15, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese defence minister has distanced himself from the appointment of his daughter in Jonglei, saying the assignment falls within the prerogative of the state governor and parliament. Minister Kuol Manyang, whose daughter was this week appointed by Jonglei governor Philip Aguer as the state minister of information and youth, said he was not consulted prior to the appointment.

“What are they saying and these people who are talking about? When you say public, you mean people from South Sudan as a whole are talking about the appointment or people of Jonglei state. If you are talking of people from Jonglei state, my answer to your question is that I was not consulted before the appointment. It is the prerogative of the state governor and the communities there," Minister Manyang told Sudan Tribune on Thursday when asked whether he played a role in the appointment of his daughter.

He was reacting form a section of the members of the public asking the basis of the appointment.

Some claimed the daughter was appointed because of the prominence of her father seen close to President Salva Kiir to lobby removal of governor if his interest is not met at the state level.

Others gave their support to Atong Kuol, saying her appointment stemmed from the right as the citizen of the area to be given any opportunity to serve so that the people would have the opportunity to evaluate performance and make a judgement without connection her father.


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  • 15 March 22:39, by Kush Natives

    Mr. Kuol,
    Don’t worry about it, no one mentioned the appointment of your daughter here, only Jonglei state members are the ones making a big deal out such. You even simply fly down to Bor town and tell Jonglei state people that appointment of your daughter as a minister information had nothing to do with you. She’s a South Sudanese citizen with all rights. She can even replace you in defense minis

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  • 16 March 00:10, by lino

    It is Jonglei issue?!!!

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  • 16 March 01:20, by Games

    If she qualify for the position, what is problems for giving her chance like everybody else in this country. Kuol Manyang is a national man. He is not tribalisms like those of Kiir, even though him (Kuol) and others Bor politicians primarily did involves in Nuer genocide in Juba and others places. We

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    • 16 March 02:17, by dinkdong

      Whatcha talking about Willis? If that was a genocide, then it started in 1991.

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    • 16 March 02:18, by dinkdong

      Whatcha talking about Willis? If that was a genocide, then it started in 1991.

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      • 16 March 02:51, by Games

        Revenges and Revenges.. And goes on like that

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    • 16 March 03:42, by Kush Natives

      What are you trying to comment about here little idiot? The article is about Kuol’s daughter question, if she found herself in such job just because of her family profile or not? Contribute on that, if you have a brain, drop that crazy ideals, whether Kuol killed anybody or not. That’s not an article’s subject. Go to SA and ask Riek, he have the full documentary film of killing holy Dinka

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  • 16 March 03:38, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Dear Defence M. Kuol, I believe there is nothing wrong with your daughter as a state minister of information. She has all the rights to hold any position in South Sudan government as long she is qualified for the position. You should be proud of her appointment. Just let people talk and they will shut up eventually.

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    • 16 March 07:08, by Theallseeingeye


      welcome back brother, it has been long time, where have you been all those days, I bet you must have been going through hard times because is treasure is empty now huh, perhaps that’s why you can’t afford internet access these days because Government is not pay you any longer. how much is an hour there?

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      • 16 March 07:16, by Theallseeingeye

        so if you used to access internet from work place it means you are either not going to work on regular basis or your work place can’t afford internet these days. in both case the treasure is still empty. I couldn’t lough more.

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      • 17 March 07:13, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Theallseeingeye, thank you for the email, time, and questions. To tell you the truth, I get access to the internet 24/7 without interruptions if I want to stay up and using it. Also, I am one of the loyal and smart generals who used his paychecks wisely. Therefore, I have money to pay for the internet if the government cannot afford the bill.

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  • 16 March 05:42, by Sunday Junup

    Where is her husband? That is problem in South Sudan you are connected to any bigger fish instead of your real identity. That is the cause of talk or maybe she is not married but become girl friend to Philip Aguer

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    • 16 March 07:06, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

      What is wrong in appointing Kuol’s daughter in a Ministerial position if she is able to hold the post?

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