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South Sudan’s Kiir fired deputy foreign affairs minister over “repulsive remark”: source


May 7, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudanese president Salva Kiir was “infuriated” by the embarrassment caused by a “repulsive remark” made by the former deputy minister of foreign affairs, Elias Wako Nyamellel, a top aide said on Tuesday.

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South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (photo Paul Banks/UNMIS)

Nyamellel was sacked on the 12 April following a presidential decree read on the state-owned South Sudan Television (SSTV). No reason was cited for his dismissal, leaving the general public to speculate over the circumstances.

Some linked it to the organisation of a reception for Sudanese president Omer al-Bashir who was visiting the capital on the same day he was fired.

The aide was reacting to views critical of the frequent sacking of officials who hold differing views with Kiir on issues relating to governance, which are generally not known to the wider public as they are considered either in-house affairs or administrative matters handled privately.

Some senior members of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) have criticised the excessive powers given to the president under the transitional constitution which allows him to appoint and dismiss cabinet members without first consulting his deputy, council of ministers or national parliament.

The constitution also gives the president powers to sack state governors and dissolve state parliaments in the event of a situation considered a threat to national security - a power he exercised in January by sacking the elected governor of Lakes state and appointing a controversial military caretaker governor.

The airing of internal views by some senior government officials while visiting foreign countries, prompted Kiir to toughen his stance, warning that “he will no longer tolerate those criticising the same system in which they serve while pretending to be cleaned when interacting with the members of the general public or members of the diplomatic communities”.

In a speech last week, Kiir said cabinet members who accuse his government of mismanaging the nation’s affairs were guilty of hypocrisy.

“They [cabinet ministers] talk as if they are not part of it but if you follow them, you find they are the same people who are the ones involved in corruption. They are the ones involved in arbitrary arrest, but they come out in the day and say they are not part of it”, he said.

In an attempt to distance the president from public criticism, one presidential advisor told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that a comment describing South Sudan’s political system as being “rotten to the core” was not only an “inappropriate remark”, but also “shows lack of self-respect and tolerance to work under other people”.

“I believe the president took the right decision to dismiss Professor Elias Wako Nyamellel. I think [the] professor himself would not have accepted the use of such [a] disparaging war against the system if he were the president himself”, the aide said.

“Imagine a junior cabinet member describing the system as having rotten to the core and [who] did not want to resign even when the president gave him one month to do so or make an apology”, he added.

The official also quoted the president as asking Nyamellel in a meeting earlier this year: “Why are you still in the same system if it is rotten to core”.


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  • 8 May 2013 04:51, by Dinkawarrior

    You got believed it as I told you before that P rofessor Nyamellel has done Nothing Wrong, I thanks God for everything he has done to innocents people like Professor Wako. He never say anything wrong against his people, he is a future leader of South Sudan.
    I’m Dinkawarrior and I proved the above mentioned comment!

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    • 8 May 2013 05:48, by Dinkawarrior

      Yes, the system is rotten for so many reasons, those including tribalism, nepotism,gangsterism, thievingism, lyingism,foolishism,sillyism,shakedownism,Nyagatism,lootingism,killingism,traitorism,massacredism ,holocaustism, favouritsm, and corruptioism
      It’s true that the system is rotten, don’t ever denied it. Shame on you all.

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    • 8 May 2013 05:54, by Dinkawarrior

      Yes, the system is rotten for so many reasons, those including
      tribalism, nepotism, gangsterism, thievingism, lyingism, foolishism, sillyism, shakedownism, Nyagatism, lootingism, killingism, traitorism, massacredism, holocaustism, favouritsm, and corruptioism
      It’s true that the system is rotten, don’t ever denied it. Shame on you all.

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      • 8 May 2013 08:00, by Juma mike

        Mr. Dinkawarrior,For my own observation and analysis you are not a Dinka nor related to Dinka but you choose that name just to tarnish the image of Dinka community with your divisive and abusive criticism
        for your info,it is important not to criticize the system that you are serving in as an official,if you must,then you need to resign and then criticize.so stop blaming the president baselessly

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        • 8 May 2013 11:54, by Gat Gan Kiir

          Jumma, correcting bad things in the government while you are serving in the same system is a blessing rather than a curse. You and your big Fish got it wrong to sake those who criticized your rotten system. It is like when you dressed yourself up with nice suit and see yourself in the mirror for anything is missing. Kiir is in the Hottest seat in Juba.
          Kit Nyang Kir

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          • 9 May 2013 06:09, by Lokure Ngorok

            I thought correcting a system where you are serving in should be like giving suggestions on where we have gone wrong and how we can correct ourselves.
            I do not support the idea of getting out and telling public that the system is rotten when actually you should have shared with your colleagues.

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      • 8 May 2013 08:02, by Mi diit

        Kiir’s emotional reactions need to be contained. But who will help him do it while his incompetent advisors are adding fuel to the fire. Prof Wako did not say something unique. Kiir himself said he had 75 thieves in cabinet, parliament, etc. He also investigated his own office last month for corruption. Are they not proofs of "rotten to the core" which Prof Wako was talking about?

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        • 8 May 2013 08:08, by Mi diit

          Juma Mike,
          You the illiterate elite in the system are the problem. Those in government are supposed to express the bad parts of the system, otherwise they will not do any thing for the public interest. Officials who do not correct themselves in the system are all rotten and cannot deliver. They act like gangs or mere partners in crime. Even a party that doesn’t evaluate itself is rotten too.

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          • 8 May 2013 08:29, by Juma mike

            Mr.Midit,sometimes you don’t need to support nonsense just because you hold ill intentions and wishes.if you really claim that you are educated,how come you unforfunately unfamilliar with how system works.look like what people say is correct,that ’’little knowledge is a disease’’
            your little knowledge is a disease.try to be realistic sometimes.

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            • 8 May 2013 09:30, by Mi diit

              Juma Mike,
              I know how world systems work more than Kiir himself. Every where in the world officials criticize their own system in order to correct it. This is why there are cabinets or parliaments. They deliberate, criticize, support and finally pass resolutions to move their countries forward. A yes-man government is dictatorial. This is why Kiir is a dictator. He wants a system of yes-men.

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    • 8 May 2013 12:36, by siddaw

      You’re indeed our warrior. It’s always a Dinka who is a guinuine & legitimate warrior so even if you’re not a Dinka native as others are confabulating here, then NO worries bro. You’ve chosen the correct names.
      Don’t speculate it so much. It’s a Gogrial style, leaded by a shameless Gogrialistic plonker known as Kiir Kuethpiny.
      Dr. Siddaw from USA.

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    • 8 May 2013 14:45, by SSLA/M Supporter

      President Kiir has every right to dismiss those officials who aren’t abide the law, that is absolutely natural for a leader to make tough decisions. I hear SS officials talking irresponsibly on SSTV, airing sensitive matters recklessly without minding the consequences of their actions. Kiir wok up late, if started his government this way, things would have been different by now! sack the whole cab

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  • 8 May 2013 04:54, by omoni jr.

    This man is actually drunk,why he keep firing people like this ? This is the sign of dictatorship. Turning of new era....

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    • 8 May 2013 05:14, by Michael Angelo

      You pussycat Equatorians should shut up and reason things like normal human being. Where on earth or countries did you hear such remark from an official serving the same government? They very the same officials stole public funds that gave bad impression to Kiir and now claims to be heros.

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      • 8 May 2013 08:16, by Mi diit

        Kiir himself publicly said his government is CORRUPT on the top with 75 big thieves who stole $4 billion. The problem is Kiir doesn’t remember his words or interpret them. Officials who do not correct themselves in the system are all rotten and cannot deliver. They act like gangs or mere partners in crime. Even a party that doesn’t evaluate itself is rotten too

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      • 8 May 2013 15:32, by Simpleman

        Sorry Mr. Idiot, it was you and Kiir who stole the money

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    • 8 May 2013 18:28, by panom lualbil

      Next turn is going to REIK MACHAR. Just remember, you cann’t be our brothers/sisres but really terrists inside yourselves. This is ur time to be finish off or go to khartoum.

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  • 8 May 2013 05:05, by Nuer Empire

    If you talk gainst a rotten government and against his beloved corruption engineers,the sharp axe of Gogrial carried by Tikyualkuoth Kuethpiny will fall on you! Too many useless decrees.
    The Nuer Empire

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    • 8 May 2013 06:06, by Deng II

      The Gov’t is as rotten as stink. I like that vocabulary.

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    • 8 May 2013 07:57, by Nuer Empire

      Wic kum de Tikyualkuothkuethpiny

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    • 8 May 2013 19:09, by panom lualbil

      What does this fool means with word ’rotten government’ folks?

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  • 8 May 2013 05:26, by SouthSudaneseviews

    In Western world as I understand it, if you say ab appropriate thingsto your own system government you work. You either resign or the Administrations have right to fire you. It is just simple. Word "loyalty" please in some points. Also not everything in every government has to be announced in public. Even in Western world democracy countries there are certain points freedom of speech cannot cross.

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    • 8 May 2013 06:04, by Joseph Canada

      What western world are you talking about? where the Ideas are voted on the Parliament?. I bet the fired guy is not a Dinka. If he happen to be the Dinka he’s not in the Circle of Office Bank Managers. Don’t worry Wako, you will be elected in 2015.

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    • 8 May 2013 10:25, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

      Yea Brother SouthSudaneseview your point is very clear you know we don’t have Adm. and also we are afraid of Kiir Mayardit to Killing us here in South Sudan like ehda Amin former President of Uganda there will no any body who will fire President Salva if you talk more our CRIMINAL President he will kill you brother.

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  • 8 May 2013 05:47, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Salva Kiir,
    You are nothing. Why don’t you fired David Yauyau if you are very strong enough?
    By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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    • 8 May 2013 08:07, by Monydit

      @dear Augustino
      Leave president he is doing now good Job ,because there are some wrong element who are criticizing govt while they are apart of Govt ,so president continue fire them all ,get good pple who captable to run your Govt well ,you next target is Riek machar n Rebecca Nyadeng let her go and form her party ,

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    • 8 May 2013 10:41, by Toney Toney Matot

      Dear All,
      There is this African proverb that ‘no matter how beautiful the fowl dances, the hawk will never appreciate it’. In politics, it seems whatever the government in power does is almost always frown upon by the party in opposition. We were told in high school that collective opinion yields maximum benefit—not for the parties only but also for the nation as a whole. If this is the case, wh

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    • 8 May 2013 10:45, by Toney Toney Matot

      continued,Why can’t political parties see each other as brothers.

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  • 8 May 2013 06:34, by Adok Wolu

    how can kiir fire his cabinets simply because they say any thing going wrong with in the system ? does the system mean to kill any body or be corrupt and stay in silent? he may have to sack who corrupt but not who criticize corruption,kirr and his deputy Dr Machar need to rethink on how to take this nation a head, Nyamilel has a right to say the govt has rotten that is true.
    Adok Wolu

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    • 8 May 2013 08:41, by Juma mike

      @Adok,’’how can kiir fire his cabinet members’’
      look at the question this son of woman is posting,how many cabinet members were sacked in regard to the subject matter,it is only Mr.Wako.for your info,constitutionally the president of the republic has powers to dismiss any idiot he thinks unfit to hold any position in the government.now Nyamlel has a right to criticize since he is loggedout fm SYS

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      • 8 May 2013 09:41, by Costa

        "If the president has powers to dismiss any idiot he thinks unfit to hold any position in the government" He should start thinking of himself, if he is fit to be where he is. When speaking of corruption becomes twice as bad as committing it, or of speaking of corruption posts more national threat than stealing public resources, then something is wrong with the president and not the government.

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  • 8 May 2013 06:45, by Adok Wolu

    kiir must fire paul malong Awan if he really mean to sack any body who is opposing his system, because paul opposed him so many time, malong is working in his state as a president why not fire him ? your kitchen advisors are pushing u towards a deep dish, i urge u to cooperate with your deputy who is wise enough to deal with the affairs partening the system but has no powers, vcoze u took them.

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  • 8 May 2013 07:25, by Turish Achuil Bol

    Rotten indeed. We should not be astonish. The system encourages everything that is fake and inhuman. But Proff Elias Wako should not used that method. He is part of the same system and so should he be precise and with moderation in handling it. I had been asking myself of why many degree holders are Jobless? Does it mean that those working currently are of high level of education? No! In some de

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    • 8 May 2013 11:11, by Nuer Empire

      My pet called Yau Yau with his Murle terrorists will regrete it tomorrow.
      The Nuer Empire

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  • 8 May 2013 08:14, by wang

    Kiir always rush and firing the wrong people from their posts while leaving all the bad boys in… the national constitution should also fire Kiir because he is not performing well or not making any progress from his job…

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  • 8 May 2013 08:53, by Akuma

    President Kiir dislike those who knew something but like those without any knowledge that why Nyamele was fired.
    Dr. Akuma
    Chicago, USA

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  • 8 May 2013 11:56, by whatsayyou

    If this could be the reason why Prof. Elias was sacked then he would have resign and give that statement as the reason for his resignation by saying i have resigned because the system is "rotten to the core and bunch of idiots"

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  • 8 May 2013 12:08, by Adok Wolu

    Mr Juma or Jiok
    your uncle must think before sacking some body criticizing him, u are a stupid cockroach who have just stand in the corridors and support any decision taken by kiir,please let me assure u that, days are counting where u and your likes be like a fish out of water, u can not manage the nation affairs likes home affairs.
    Adok Wolu

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    • 8 May 2013 13:36, by Juma mike

      don’t miggle around giving me incorrect names,you don’t have a right whatsoever to give me any name ’’Jok’’.
      please to know that South Sudan was led by a handfull of individuals during the civil war given the fact that most of you cowards run to abroad for safety.now since you have come back,we don’t shutup and enjoy the fruits of our struggle.if you think u will remove Kiir by force,

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      • 8 May 2013 13:38, by Juma mike


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        • 8 May 2013 14:09, by Bentiu son

          Juma Mike idiot look your alcoholic President Kiir with his boring hat.Dude, your thievery dad will for sure go whether u like it or not,the RSS has got no room for dictatorship, vision-less n tribal killer leader like Kiir Kuethpiny.South Sudanese voices will remove him in upcoming Election 2015.Kiir dismissed Prof Wako on tribal bases not criticism becoz he hails from Jur Chol Tony County- Warap

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        • 8 May 2013 15:18, by Deng II

          Juma Mike
          U doesn’t know that, if one craps person killing whole Country, it doesn’t matter how many people he/she killed, how much money he/she steal, some day he/she can fall on the tree with shit in his/her asshol? Ask Sadam Hassen and Ghadafy. their family nowadays look shame and they cannot have voices anymore. I wish Kiir would know the best thing not to steal money and fire those who steal.

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          • 8 May 2013 15:31, by Deng II

            Kiir has to fire those 75 corruptions’ who stolen the money before those who criticizes the corrupts system. He know them, that why he mention the few. Kiir is suck, he cannot able to fight off enemy, defeating rebel, and developments. he is pretty good of drinking and fucking women every day.

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            • 8 May 2013 15:48, by Deng II

              Juma Mike, u though that those who have differences with Kiir are not fighters? Kiir was a yes in man under Garang, any credit I can give him is only he been in the movement for his whole life, but most he failed what he doing. He was good in training camp of Bungo, However when he commanding Yendefather to Rumbek in 1989, it was a disasters, the guy is very unlucky, people dying under him a lot.

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  • 8 May 2013 14:19, by Nyonged jau

    Some abscent minded politicians behave like dogs who vomit and relick their vomittings. That is why they critize their own bad deed and also why some want to be the top leaders of the organisation they rebel against before. Shame on you all.

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  • 8 May 2013 14:31, by Nyonged jau

    President Kiir, you are on the right track. Continue to fire them if they take bath in the sand like donkeys.

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  • 8 May 2013 15:09, by Adok Wolu

    Juma mik
    u may be mentally sick, vcoz u are citing some thing baseless when did u fought the war ? let me tell u i fought the war more than your uncle, fighting Arab not south Sudanese, triblism will not take us a head, iam a Dinka but can not affort to support Kiir simplly because he is from dinka, provide that he is a corrupt leader he must go and step down to his strong deputy Dr Machar.

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  • 8 May 2013 15:19, by steven

    Every government official has to give his best to bring prosperity to the country and its citizens.

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    • 8 May 2013 17:51, by no peace with north

      Dear readers, let me tell you this, those who are support Presiodent Kiir so much are Gogrialism as Nuerism support Riek, let them go, they are totally fail the new nation even if Gogrial or Nuer replace them is ok, we need the right person but not these two.

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      • 9 May 2013 09:59, by De Bia

        It is only a matter of time before we see a real blood shade in this country

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  • 9 May 2013 07:56, by Simbaya Afrika

    Folks, how do you expect Kiir to effectively perform his task while he surrounded himself with many militias?. I feel sorry for the people of South Sudan who got trap in the hands of Kiir and his militias.

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