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Kiir announces new South Sudan ministries


August 21, 2011 (JUBA) - The President of the newly independent Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit on Saturday issued a decree listing the 29 ministries that will make up the country’s new cabinet.

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir lifts South Sudan’s new constitution to the crowds of people attending an independence ceremony in Juba, on Saturday July 9, 2011. (AP)

After South Sudan’s independence on July 9th Kiir issued a decree stating that all ministers would be caretakers until he formed a new government.

In the hotly anticipated announcement of the cabinet, Kiir may want to strike a careful balance to keep members of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) happy as well as catering for opposition groups who have criticised his previous appointments for lacking inclusiveness.

South Sudan’s largest opposition group, a breakaway faction of the SPLM, has criticised Kiir for not reflecting the political diversity of the country in his appointments.

Transforming the South Sudan Legislative Assembly from an autonomous body with Sudan into the lawmaking institution of the newly independent country has also proved has proved controversial. The first sitting of the reconstituted National Legislative Assembly (NLA) failed on August 1 to agree on the position of deputy speaker.

On August 5th Kiir had to intervene in a power struggle between Atem Garang the former deputy speaker of Sudan’s national parliament in Khartoum and the the deputy speaker in Juba, Daniel Awet Akot.

Garang, was made the chief whip a third position behind Akut who was reappointed as the deputy speaker.

As well as Garang, Kiir also amalgamated 96 members from Sudan’s National Assembly in Khartoum into the Juba parliament. As part of the 2005 peace deal, that allowed South Sudan to secede, the SPLM and Khartoum’s ruling National Congress Party shared power for six years until the deal ended with the separation of the South.

Kiir also appointed 66 new MPs on top of the 96 from Khartoum and the existing 170 southern lawmakers that had been elected in elections in April, bringing the total number to 332.

About 20% of the additional appointees come from other political parties. South Sudan has 23 political parties, but only five are included in the new bicameral national parliament.

On August 1st Kiir appointed the South Sudan Council of States, , the country’s second legislative chamber, which four days later elected Joseph Bul Chan at its speaker.

The 50-member Council consists of 20 representatives from SPLM drawn from all the 10 states of the country, and 30 additional members from “other categories”.


The Decree shall be cited as the Presidential Decree No. 26/2011 for the Establishment of the National Ministries of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011 and shall come into force upon its signature.

The following National Ministries shall be established in the Republic of South Sudan; and they are:

  1. Ministry of Cabinet Affairs
  2. Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs
  3. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
  4. Minister, Office of the President
  5. Minister for National Security, Office of the President
  6. Ministry of Justice
  7. Ministry of Interior
  8. Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
  9. Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning
  10. Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development
  11. Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment
  12. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
  13. Ministry of Health
  14. Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
  15. Ministry of Roads and Bridges
  16. Ministry of Transport
  17. Ministry of General Education and Instruction
  18. Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology
  19. Ministry of Environment
  20. Ministry of Housing and Physical Planning
  21. Ministry of Telecommunication and Postal Services
  22. Ministry of Petroleum and Mining
  23. Ministry of Electricity and Dams
  24. Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare
  25. Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management
  26. Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation
  27. Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism
  28. Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries
  29. Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports


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  • 22 August 2011 07:16, by belle loboi

    uneducated man role South Sudan.

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    • 22 August 2011 07:41, by Yic-Edu

      sorry, it would be all of us which are not educated because we were been engaged by war sir, don’t bother about it. from now onward there will be a change!!

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      • 22 August 2011 10:23, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        I don’t understand Mr. barbaric Lebe lobo.

        Are you personally more educated than Kiir the way are posting? I hope not.

        Will 29 ministries be seated by Kiir?
        Please think twice before posting.

        We are sorry to have such two-minded people in our country.
        If you are careered, then you will have one ministry as the minister or Director Gen.

        We highly appreciate the compatriots because they semented our natioal foundatoin.

        Who would have brought independence if all of us went for refuge in different world?
        Would it be now called Republic of South Sudan?

        Shame on seriously!

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        • 22 August 2011 13:34, by Agutran

          Who is under which ministry, and how is the announcement relevant?

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    • 22 August 2011 09:18, by triple A

      uneducated including your dad. kiir must rule south sudan hundred years.

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    • 22 August 2011 09:28, by jamuse

      Dear Loboi,

      And so what????.
      Omer Bashir ruled sudan for over two decades?.
      no matter , PH.D of coward is useless to people and a Cerificate of brave ,man like president kill is useful.Ministers will all educated people and they are going to help ROSS to develop eventhough kiir is not degree holder.NOw many degrees of Lam Akol Ajawin are useless to people of Upper Nile and S SUdan at large.

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    • 22 August 2011 09:59, by jamuse

      20 Ministers are more than enough if they work proper withot looting money.
      The reason of Kiir to increase number of ministers is to bring in more relatives as a way to creat a job for them.
      corruptinon will never go away from S Sudan because it starts by president Kiir and rest imitate.

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    • 22 August 2011 10:48, by Bol Akoch Buoi

      check your spelling educated man

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    • 22 August 2011 10:49, by Bol Akoch Buoi

      Check your spelling educated man

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    • 22 August 2011 11:11, by peace

      Liboy or lebe don’t even fingerpiont to Honerable Kiir peopl are still pi gaba ya sabi(bush is not clear)there is nothing educated people can do rather then Kiir,only think on how his term end then u came up with the educated people u are talking bout,what good thing did educated peopl in the ROSS and Rebel did,nothing ni bure tu,let us focus for the welfare of the country not personal interest,in my tribe no one who is the minister but am not complaining,time of Democratic will preveil by itself,take example of kenya,during MOI regime people couldn’t abuse the goverment nor president but now you can see people are abusing the government likewise to president %0

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    • 22 August 2011 11:25, by jamuse

      Atem Garang is the right man to be speaker of new parliamentarians as he did in the central Government when Sudan was one Country.


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    • 22 August 2011 11:37, by Logic

      What a waste of resources that South Sudan can hardly afford, at least 6 of those ministries could have been merged together and another 2 should have been commissions.

      With this kind of waste, the political future of South Sudan does not look bright, because it seems the president and his inner circle are more interested in political accommodation than robust nation building based on the available resources. Juba is suffering from fuel shortage, no decent public hospital and government over expenditure on meaningless things like the latest Land-Cruiser V8’s for government officials.

      It will be even more sad when those ministries are headed by recycled ministers who have achieved nothing significant over the past few years.

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    • 22 August 2011 11:57, by Lorolokin


      In order for Kiir to succeed in his government he must represent all Ethnic groups of Southern Sudan or else we will fail.

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    • 22 August 2011 14:47, by Atok Dan

      What is this, Ministry of Roads and Bridges and another independent Ministry of Transport? Is the Ministry of Transport going to cater for Paths which connect villages and Airport?


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      • 22 August 2011 23:36, by Runrach

        Thank Dan Bagoot for questioning on triple ministry.

        That is too much title.Or else it should have been Ministry of road and construction or if not, then they should have put it this way ministry of transport, road and infrastructure planning.

        Otherwise, that was the same ministry including people path/pedestrain access if they like.



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    • 23 August 2011 14:30, by Josh

      welcome to the world of uneducated ministers.

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  • 22 August 2011 07:41, by Daniel Bol

    That’s sound good a nation prosper better through permenant ministries, rather a temporal appointments. hope things will be easly identifies at an individual’s care.

    lets wait to hear the trusted stewards who will then occupies the south Sudan’s national ministries.

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  • 22 August 2011 07:44, by Dut Monybor

    Congratulation His Excellent President of the republic of south Sudan salva kiir for announcement of the ministries.
    it is well done work, we citizens of south Sudan ,we are waiting for you to give us the new good cabinets ministers
    not corrupted one.

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    • 22 August 2011 09:06, by Achiek Alier Jr

      Incompetent President, we in the RSS need no more than 15 ministries. Where will you get $$$ to pays all these crooks?.

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    • 22 August 2011 09:38, by jamuse

      It is good but, he should not bring them from Baharel Ghazal as he did recently during appointment of Chief Justic and Governor of centre Bank.
      Also what is the need of another minister for president office while there is ministry of parliamentary affairs.

      1.Ministry of Cabinet Affairs
      2.Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs
      3.Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
      4.Minister, Office of the President
      5.Minister for National Security, Office of the President
      6.Ministry of Justice
      7.Ministry of Interior
      8.Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
      9.Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning
      10.Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development
      11.Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment
      12.Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
      13.Ministry of Health
      14.Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
      15.Ministry of Roads and Bridges
      16.Ministry of Transport
      17.Ministry of General Education and Instruction
      18.Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology
      19.Ministry of Environment
      20.Ministry of Housing and Physical Planning
      21.Ministry of Telecommunication and Postal Services
      22.Ministry of Petroleum and Mining
      23.Ministry of Electricity and Dams
      24.Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare
      25.Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management
      26.Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation
      27.Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism
      28.Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries
      29.Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports

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  • 22 August 2011 09:28, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Issueing a new decree always is the only one which Mr Salva Kiir Miyardit is expert about. I don’t know really did Salva Kiir Miyardit know about the problem in Kadugli, Abyei and Blue Nile? Also, did Salva Kiir Miyardit know about the 4000 refugees who were been expelled by SAF to Panriang County of Panaruu in Unity State? To me,issueing decree for the new ministries is not the case. What Salva Kiir Miyardit need to do is how to look deeply for solving the situation, or the life of the people of Kadugli, Abyei and Blue Nile who are firmly supporting the SPLM/SPLA.

    I am sure that those new ministries whom Mr Salva Kiir Miyardit issueing a decree to them are the number one factor for increasing the corruption in Southern Sudan.

    By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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  • 22 August 2011 09:46, by Madingthith

    Congratulation Mr.President,

    This is a good move but releasing the decree of listing the ministers does not portray that you are doing something good. We are waiting to see you appointed qualified ministers base on their academic apprenticeship such that they may not mess up with the ministries as South Sudan citizen are now waiting to see some improvement plans being initiated by incoming ministers in various ministries.

    Furthermore, you must have to deal with technical ministeries very well like the following ministeries:
    1. Ministry of Petroleum and Mining
    2. Ministry of Road and Bridges
    3. Ministry of Labour,public sevice
    4. Ministry of General Education
    5. Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology
    6. Ministry of Finance and Economics Planning
    7. Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
    8. Ministry of National Security in the Office of President
    9. Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management
    10. Ministry of Defence and Veterans
    11. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation/Relations

    I hope the few ministries I have mentioned above constitutes the good move and smooth flow of services delivery in South Sudan.

    Madingthith a man of Justice,Accountability and Transparency

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    • 22 August 2011 10:31, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Hi Madingthith!

      You’re more interested in money than your health.

      You mentioned few MINISTRIES that you think would bring a smooth run of the country without ’MINISTRY OF HEALTH.’

      Please it is not like that.

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      • 22 August 2011 23:52, by Runrach

        @ Mr Machut

        Thank for reminding your fellow brother health should have been number one in his suggestions of ministries decreasing since it is on demands in our today living.


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        • 23 August 2011 14:00, by Bungachier 50

          Dear all,

          Our President is ill advised by some greedy African Presidents like Kaguta Yoweri Museveni of Uganda who has filled up the top Ministerial positions with his own relatives including his wife.

          If i am decieving you, wait and proof me wrong. This is the sole reason behind the delay of annoucing who is holding which ministry.

          Announcing the NAKED Ministries alone is not important for me. So, he is fearing of the mess he has done.

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  • 22 August 2011 09:46, by panda

    Who knows the names of ministries I can’t see their names on here,than I can give good commend we can’t say is well done before we don’t know who is there and who is not there it by their qualification or just because they are SPLA who fought the war

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    • 22 August 2011 10:02, by jacob mayen ajuoi

      that ’s one step, but we are still waited to see the name.

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  • 22 August 2011 09:56, by panda

    Who knows the names of ministries so that I can give good command,whether Mr president done good jobs or not did he appointed these ministries through their qualification or just because the fought the war,we have to be very careful when we saying well done,this is just a beginning of Kirr leadership,

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  • 22 August 2011 10:35, by Nhomlawda

    Hahaha,I think the president mental functionality needs check.

    Whom does he think need a decree for ministries, South Sudan just want ministers appointed and government to start work.

    It is the first time I am hearing ministries decreed without ministers.

    Why is he failing to decree ministers to fill those ministries and release the whole information together. This is pathetic work.

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  • 22 August 2011 11:15, by Deng II


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    • 22 August 2011 11:26, by Nhomlawda

      Deng II

      People who died for freedom did not die invain. Kiir government will pass but the country and the freedom they died for will remain.

      Good leaders will come and things will change.

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      • 22 August 2011 13:15, by Deng II

        Nhom-law-da (freedom)

        Well, let hang in there untill the time of freedom come. Right now there is no freedom in any corner of South Sudan, but only freedom of rapping, killing, robbery,and so forth.

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  • 22 August 2011 12:49, by philipdit wol

    Good moves president.But hurry up please so that we shall see the progress of our new nation.Be keen enougth an action is speaks louder than a words.

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  • 22 August 2011 14:56, by Joseph

    • What is the number of the ministry is it 29 or 27? Because National security and office of president are not ministries

    • National Security and office of president should not be added to the list because it’s not ministry it suppose to be announce together with ministers because they are minister without ministry; otherwise they should be include as a ministry. I also expect the minister/Ministry of National security to fall under ministry of Defence and that is why two Director General for internal and external were appointed last two week by president.

    • I expect the minister to be announce yesterday because some of the ministry has been dissolved and some combined. Which mean the some ministers are not longer caretaker.

    • I’m happy with combination of ministries like Ministry of Labor and Human Resource, ministry of commerce and investment etc. but and I expect some of ministry like Road and Transport to be combine. Ministry of Environment and tourism should be combine. Ministry of General Education and High Education And ministry of Defence, interior and National security. This is because there will be state ministry

    • Mr. President we want to see qualified new faces as a ministers to run the Republic of South Sudan.

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  • 22 August 2011 15:01, by chamkedu

    the president of the newly nation of the ross Salva Kiir Mayardit submit the very concious mesage to all Sudanese who qualified ready to have A job ,Mayardit clear that the new cabinet will base on some body qualification and not brother and sister,counsin,nephen.this the greater coruption in the former South Sudan,we don,t want to happen again in the new independent country that let by Mayardit,therfore am telling mayardit to stop the brother and sister and there are fool people,s with and the don,t how to write and read and the expert the big position.


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  • 22 August 2011 16:06, by Tambura

    Guys hold on KIir is president right now by all mean we should respect our president, I am not saying we have no right to critices him, we have to do it in civilized way. He is educated or not Dr. Reik office is not that far.We should worry about these 90% Dinkas ministers are they going to deliver service to our people? They said if blind lead blind all will fall to deep hole. What we want to see right now is right people on right posision no matter what tribe they come from as long they will deliver service that’s matter. In next election you can vote for me I will make you proud of your country.

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  • 22 August 2011 19:56, by Michael

    Sorry for some idiot comments about illiteracy of the president. Infact, most patriotic Southerners are uneducated because they were fighting for decades.

    However, President Kiir has to understand that the governmen is for Southerners not his own property even if he is the president. This is still very bloated government. These are unnecessary ministries. Twenty (20) ministries would be enough. How many ministries in National and state governemnts and how many commissions doing the same thing? The only thing one can figure out here based on last govs. and these new ministries is that is Kiir is concerned about his cronnies than Southern population. Kiir gov. is only to accommodate those busy ministers looting the national resources.

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  • 23 August 2011 02:57, by Deng Fiul

    Dr and excelancy mr Kiir ,are u watching wat is goin on southsudan yr citizen become second citizen by triding them wrong way while yr security triding first citizen bad then other citizen who come to new Nation why are yr gov goin to betray us again like Northsudan and Egyption in sudan and Egypt we second citizen every where why and why let solve this i really dont appricate it at all mr prisedent,secondly is thios gov dont have somthing that call it all over the that this is Emergency meeting not all such as situation in Jongli that last 600to 700 cavilian die and nothing done by GOSS and in Warap500 cavilian die because of Hanger and nothing done by GOSS flood in Untiy state and jonglie to nothing we are just watching them in Norhtern Bhar Elgahzal cavilian are diaing of Hanger to where is our goverment that use to tell people that let vote for sepration why now nothing no salva voice again or Riek the all are just lookin for thier famliy while citizen are dainig of thie stuuff and GOSS are loating money out of southsudan

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  • 23 August 2011 06:08, by Odingo

    It is Great Announcement Mr. President Kiir.

    Mr. President, this time you need to be very, very careful of your cabinets apponitment. There are some Ministries that you donot want to keep them in their positions, such as Gier Chuang Aluong, Kuol Manyang, Taban Deng Gai, Pagan Amum,James Hoth Mai and Deng Ping Majock.

    Mr. President Kiir, you need remove all Dr. John Garang Boys including Dr. Riek Machar who just joined Garang Boys Club recently.They are not qualify to keep them around you. They are the one who turn things around and make your leadership worse in the public eye in the country and around the world. Mr. President Kiir you need to replace them with best candidates who can get the job done . I don,t care whether they are from Dinka Gokrial as long as they can get the job done effectively and smoothly, you appoint them.

    Folks, last month ago I met with the President face to face. I can tell you that the president Kiir sound like a president, but his cabinents specially Dinka Upper including Garang Boys, are the one who made him as a worse president. I can tell you that he is a good president, but he doesn’t have people who can help him.

    Those cabinents don’t listening to him. The president Kiir Mayardiit is not a problem, but his cabinents are bigger biggest problem in the country. I hope the president learnt in the past five years, ago and he doesn’t want to make no more mistake.

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  • 23 August 2011 08:20, by Andrew Ojok

    Thanks Kiir.
    See below my Cover Letter for the position you request to be fullfill by high advance qualification base on what the promote new government reform.

    Andrew Ojok
    3 Akot St
    Rumbek Lake 2148

    To whom it may concern,

    My name is Andrew Ojok and I would like to apply for Secretary of Finance/Economic position advertised. I believe I have the skills and qualifications to match the job description.

    I have enclosed my resume to provide you with an overview of my experience and training. I have completed a Benchlor of Finance/Economic I have work in part of financial Services industry with some most work experience and now I wish to start my career and develop my skills. I am plan on continuing my study in PHD @ the level of Master of Financial Services at dalight while working.

    During my course I have gained knowledge in prepare and maintain financial reports, process accounts and payroll, prepare budgets and tax requirements and set up and operate computerised accounting systems.

    Thank you reviewing my resume; I look forward to speaking to you.

    Yours sincerely,

    Andrew Ojok
    +61403 165 296

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