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South Sudan former army chief appointed labour minister


August 24, 2018 (JUBA) -The former South Sudanese army chief General James Hoth Mai has been appointed Friday as minister of labour months ahead of the formation of the new national transitional government.

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Former SPLA chief of general staff James Hoth Mai (Photo Larco Lomayat)

Mai who is a close ally to President Kiir had been relieved from his position as the SPLA chief of staff on 24 April 2014, four months after the start of hostilities between forces loyal to Kiir and his former Vice President Riek Machar in December 2013.

In a decree released on Friday, President Kiir relieved General Gathoth Gatkuoth Hothnyang from his position and announced the appointment of Mai as Minister of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development.

No reason was provided to explain the ministerial change, but the President recently has appointed a number of his close allies in different as governors and ministerial posts ahead of the new cabinet to be formed in line with the power-sharing deal signed in Khartoum with the opposition groups on 5 August.

General Hothnyang, who is also a follow Nuer like Mai, sided Machar when the conflict erupted in December 2013 but in July 2015 he broke away and formed his own group the Federal Democratic Party/ South Sudan Armed Forces (FDP/SSAF).

In April 2016, he signed a peace agreement with the government of President Slava Kiir.

On 16 March 2017, Hothnyang was appointed the minister of Labour.

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  • 25 August 10:35, by Pakuai

    And where are you going to put ’Awut Deng Acuil’ to? Mr. Salva Kiir and your lowly informed advisors, ’koc aben’ (people are back)’. We want a war, no one wants to live with the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their cloned arabs, Nigerians, Bantus, Indians, Nepalese, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis and others>>>>

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    • 25 August 10:43, by Pakuai

      Riek Machar went and study *magic* in university of Bradford, England. We we don’t want to live side by side with the white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their gulf Arab states’ financiers, of Saudi Arabia and others, North Sudan, their evil juus (their so-called israelis), Abeshas (so-called ethiopians) & even some of their Bantus in between>>>

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  • 25 August 11:01, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

    General Hoth Mai deserves the appointment.

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    • 25 August 11:22, by Games

      Salva Kiir is evils man. Relieved and appointed someone within same subclans within same county. For purposes to cause intra-conflict within Nasir.

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      • 25 August 11:29, by Malakal county Simon

        The recycling begin.... @ Games pay no attention, those two generals has been erased in greater Nasir and no matters what’s positions they hold, they are alone wolf and cannot causes any war amongs the greater Nasir....

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        • 25 August 12:48, by Kush Natives

          Malakal county Simon,
          The presidential decree didn’t mentioned Nasir, you’re on wrong page. I don’t know how have you into Nasir issues from here. Complete your point of view, we didn’t get it. We don’t really care about what you think him, this position isn’t belong to Nasir period. Appoint whoever you know now for Nasir Post or give it up, if you have nothing to offer!

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      • 25 August 15:20, by Redeemer

        It is only in Nuer that anyone who succeeds you should become an enemy, please we are in 21st century

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  • 25 August 14:32, by Awet Awet

    James Hoth main is military personnel , how can he run this position? What does he knows of labour law and policy?

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    • 25 August 17:32, by jubaone

      Awet Awet
      Very good question. In SS we have still NO Labour Law. Foreigners work without permits and all taxes are either not paid, stolen or simply siphoned out of the country. Darfuri, Somali, Eritrean and Habbesha racketeers pretending to be investors looted all monies without employing Junubin. No SS can work in Uganda or Kenya without a work permit.

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      • 25 August 17:37, by jubaone

        Instead, most of these businesses were for our bush generals who rather used these "juron" as cover up. Hotels, water tankrrs, exhausters, petty trade, transportation, energy and the entire private sector is in the hands of foreigners. The SPLA is rewarding these foreigners for their help during the struggle. Junubin have no importance except as consumers.

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        • 25 August 17:41, by jubaone

          It’s a mockery and insult that SS are not allowed to work in Uganda or Kenya when these foreigners in SS are like colonialists. Junubin are simply security guards, porters and cooks. Sad. James Hoth will do nothing cuz the jienge system is rotten to the core.

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      • 25 August 22:52, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Jubaone, I definitely agree with you that "Darfuri, Somali, Eritrean and Habbesha racketeers pretending to be investors looted all monies without employing Junubin. No SS can work in Uganda or Kenya without a work permit." We, the South Sudanese were supposed to get 90% of the employees and 10% from the outside. This is apart of what caused our country disaster.

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