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Mixed reactions as Kiir appoints ex-aide accused of graft


March 19, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan President, Salva Kiir on Monday appointed Mayen Wol Jong, his former chief administrator initially implicated on a corruption scandal, as the new undersecretary in the petroleum and mining ministry.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (AFP)

The president’s decree was announced on the state-owned television (SSBC).

Wol was among six of the 16 people acquitted by the High Court last year, after being convicted for allegedly stealing millions of dollars from the president’s office.

The circumstances under which Wol was released, however, remained unclear.

But, while high court found Wol not guilty of criminal responsibility in its ruling last year, sections of the public criticized his new appointment by the president.

In a Facebook post, August Mayai said “Mayen Wol as a new chief of petroleum is a terrible case of public expectation management”.

On his part, however, one Reuben Garang wrote, “One thing that South Sudan politicians do not fear is public. And public is toothless as long there no independent judiciary and free and fair election.

Martin Matueny said “Yeah, we trust our President and he must trust all of us to promote justice, liberty and prosperity in South Sudan”.

He added, “We don’t care about history because history will prevent us from achieving our individual’s goals. We must repeat the history by recycling or ignoring it for better progress. South Sudan is the land of opportunity for all including thieves, rebels, gangsters, criminals, nepotism, tribalism practices, etc, to achieve their potentials”.

Atok D. Baguoot said the president’s decision was long overdue.

“What do you expect, to him, there wasn’t anything wrong in the first place. He was removed just for PR [public relations] purpose, otherwise, neither was it willful nor done in the bottom of his heart.”

Meanwhile Kiir, in a separate decree, appointed Biel Jok Thiik as undersecretary in the finance ministry, replacing Agak Achuil Lual who is the new undersecretary in the trade and industry ministry.


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  • 20 March 08:41, by Raankan

    President Salva Kiir was still appointed the wrong people, how can you brought a person who stole public money and he was jailed for life prison.to appointed the corrupt people it will not help.

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    • 20 March 17:09, by dinkdong

      A country ran by criminals, that’s what it is.

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    • 21 March 13:29, by Jubaa5


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  • 20 March 08:48, by Raankan

    This is proof that President is not fighting the corruption ,you can take the wealth of the country, go way and come back again.

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    • 20 March 16:31, by garrak1520

      What do you expect from a government of thieves? The nomination of these thieves demonstrate that Salva Kiir has no moral and is the chief thief of the band. Now that the revenues from oil will be in the office, Kiir has to learn how best to syphon the little $$$ remaining for South Sudan.

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  • 20 March 08:56, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    It is very unfortunate for president Salva Kiir Mayardit to appointed the accused person of corruption or stealing of properties of the public.

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  • 20 March 09:11, by Cattle Camp

    Full demonstration of shithole and unfitness.

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  • 20 March 09:23, by Maguto

    wonderful, no comments anymore

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  • 20 March 10:09, by jubaone

    Kin ko kak koimot ko loki. Sugar-coating shit with peanut butter won’t make it edible either. It will remain and stink the same jienge shit.

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  • 20 March 13:35, by Kenyang ll

    While John Agou, businessman without power or people threatening the regime is left languishing in filthy jail. It’s very clear, trust scambags and overlook your own and you’ll be on your own.

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  • 20 March 15:02, by Sunday Junup

    Thief always a thief and will continue to appoint thieves!

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  • 20 March 15:20, by Jamy Moses Black

    Do you people of South Sudan still believe that you have a country? Let Warap/Gogrial reap what they themselves have not sown but rather a result of struggle by the great people of South Sudan. They must remember that God is the witness of all that is being done and will hold them accountable. Otherwise Mayen Wol have no place since our clean liberators have no place in the governance so far.

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  • 20 March 20:20, by Panda Odhie

    Government of Warrap and for Warrap and they will never be defeat. NISS is for them the powerful institution over the army, Kiir of Warrap is a president forever.

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  • 20 March 21:42, by lino

    It looks this Konyo Konyo Regime runs out of people and so they have to search really corruption and thieves to hire back !!! South Sudanese better speak up and down about your resources!!!

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  • 21 March 07:32, by Lenin Bull

    I will not join IO of NGUNDAENG neither will I pick a gun to fight President Salva Kiir but I will not vote for him in the next elections even if he rules South Sudan for 100 years!! I’m surprised Kiir does not mean his words when he talks of fighting corruption and tribalism. The current recycling of the thieves back into crucial government institutions speaks volumes!! We are screwed fellows!!

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