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S. Sudan’s Kiir broadens cabinet after size reduction


March 18, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudan president Salva Kiir has opted for a larger cabinet, hardly a year after a reduction in the previous one saw him fire several officials, including his long-serving deputy, Riek Machar from the country’s ruling party (SPLM).

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir speaks after meeting with Sudan’s President Omer al-Bashir, in the capital Juba, South Sudan, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 (AP/ Ali Ngethi)

The president, according a statement broadcast by the state-owned SSTV on Monday, also reinstated some ministries and departments, previously incorporated into other institutions.

Some of the reinstated ministries included, Labour, Animal Resources, Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Wild Life Conservation and Tourism, Commerce, Trade and Industry.

The ministry for martyrs and veteran affairs was also created as a new government department.

Although no reasons were given for broadening the cabinet, the announcement sparked mixed reactions from the members of the general public, some of whom have asked reasons for reinstatements, while others quickly interpreted the new presidential action to mean response to demand seeking government of national unity and inclusiveness.

Should the new changes take effect, however, the number of full cabinet members would increase to around 57 from 31, including that of the president and his deputy.


  • Ministry of trade, industry and investment is separated from finance, commerce, investment and economic planning and industry separated from that of petroleum, mining and industry
  • Ministry of labor separated from the labour, public service, and human resource development department
  • Ministry of tourism and wildlife conservation crafted from the ministry of interior and wildlife conservation.
  • Ministry of livestock and fisheries industy, now a separate department
  • Humanitarian affairs and disaster management was separated from the ministry of gender, child and social welfare
  • Ministry of veteran affairs has been separated from the ministry of fefense and veteran affairs


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  • 19 March 2014 04:55, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Hahahahah1 I think president Kiir is totally confused. what a pity!!!! Cry the beloved South Sudan...

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    • 19 March 2014 07:36, by Mi diit

      Kiir is mentally challenged. What is the benefit in increasing the number of ministries when there is NO development or improved services taking place since Kiir has given most of the money to Uganda army to fight rebels everywhere in South Sudan. Why did he reduce the cabinet during peace time? Was it meant to remove the people he disliked? This president is visionless with poor decisions...

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      • 19 March 2014 18:29, by Gen.Quack

        midit and the rest of my region parts, don’t be dragged into unknown war by militia Riak machar who is a Doctor of rebellion why should you die at your own region without reward, riak has driven you by zeal of being nuer but this is the world of change better change the mind of cattle and fell like a towns and peace maker. i thinks kiir has done nothings nationwide but because of your greedy with

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    • 19 March 2014 08:20, by Malou Manyiel

      How I wish these six new ministries should be put on hold and then use that budget to construct tarmac roads in South Sudan before another austerity measures comes.

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  • 19 March 2014 04:58, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Reports say Dr. Riek Machar, travelled yesterday from Nasir intending to visit Ulang county in Upper Nile before he could reach to Maiwut, he got SPLA partrolling the area, hence the fighting erupted immediately which injured Riek Machar, the part "shoulder" the websit. upperniletimes.net confirmed the incident.

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    • 19 March 2014 06:46, by Bentiu son

      Devils! those who wish Dr Machar to death or bad luck will kiss their own graves before him include Dinka President Salva and his stooges yesmen/women.Dr Machar and key comrades are well and alive nothing happened to him or others idiots. Well,come to Topic; Where is the lean Government Salva Kiir n his stooges do claim? Waw! Salva Kiir is in messes,dilemma n political limbo.He lost his legitimacy

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      • 19 March 2014 06:48, by Bentiu son

        Sorry,I meant to die above

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    • 19 March 2014 07:26, by omoni jr.

      Kiir days are numbered

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  • 19 March 2014 05:22, by Mading Makuac

    But the names of those ministers are not listed here, anyway it is good move taken by his excellency president Kiir.It will also work if he will speed up peace between government & rebels this season before rainy season comes or else the government should come up with a strategy of flushing Riek outta three states where his men are. Rebels are more likely causing havoc in rainy season than now.

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  • 19 March 2014 05:24, by Mading Makuac

    But the names of those ministers are not listed here, anyway it is good move taken by his excellency president Kiir.It will also work if he will speed up peace between government & rebels this season before rainy season comes or else the government should come up with a strategy of flushing Riek outta three states where his men are. Rebels are more likely causing havoc in rainy season than now.

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  • 19 March 2014 05:49, by Thyinka

    Why is Salva Kiir so confused like someone who has never been in governance while he has been in government since the days of the SPLA. The man has failed totally to grasp how to run the country. I wish someone better would come up but our current group of politicians are all the same. They are all eager to grab power without knowing what to do with it. South Sudan has gone to the dogs.

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    • 19 March 2014 05:59, by mathem jech amer

      So why don’t you be the one.

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      • 19 March 2014 06:31, by Malakal county Simon

        South Sudanese people’s wake-up, don’t let’s unwanted president kiir use you and the country resources for his own interest!!!! Why increased cabinet ministries, when there is no good schools and hospitals in the country at large??

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  • 19 March 2014 06:40, by Mading Makuac

    So the dog is you who can’t appreciate anything good. Don’t blame president when he is working hard.

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    • 19 March 2014 07:03, by Mr Point

      The president has worked terribly hard.
      4 billion dollars lost. More money spent on new houses in Kenya and Australia than hospitals and roads and schools in South Sudan.
      A civil war started by the massacre of innocent civilians.
      Many, many unconstitutional actions.
      Who will be the next president, when the liver disease takes hold?

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      • 19 March 2014 07:15, by Naath

        Mr Point
        i will be the next president in some years to come when this stooge leader who have 36 mark on his head or his Ass called Salvador kiir who is really confuse people on earth,36 cuts in his head is big damage and that may couses confusion to him as well.kiir is dead animal is living with really human,how come you reduce and in some week your the cabinet again,for what reason.

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        • 19 March 2014 07:37, by michael coma

          Stop insulting president my dear friend.Do your own things desperately without involving him in distress issues.President have increased cabinet to accomdate greedy Nuers who have defected for no good reason.Yes,you might be a president of South in future but not to insult our president.

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        • 19 March 2014 10:40, by Wani khooto

          if head cut can make kiir to be mad which meaning that all nuer are mad too since the all have six cut on their useless head.fool community fighting war the can not win.

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    • 19 March 2014 07:06, by Naath

      Mading Makuac
      Let us think like really human,Hopeless kiir is jumping up and down like hopelss stooge and he does.last year he said too many cabinet is the waste of money and reduced to 31,why now when there is no money and middle of war,this is work of confuse leader who have no clue about how to governce the rule,kiir is useless and confuse person at the sametime,the man who 36 mark on his head

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  • 19 March 2014 08:27, by Mading Makuac

    It is said if you want to please everyone, you will please no one at all. When Kiir reduced the cabinet, you cried my uncle was removed and that why most of you are fighting blindly for no reason. When will you stop crying?? I think, you will be happy when your dad be a president, your mom be Vice president and you as speaker. Greedy Nuer!

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  • 19 March 2014 09:06, by Ambago

    Why create ministries for things we don’t do and leave things we do without any ministry.
    Like all these things called tourism, investment, labour, defence, etc we don’t have them!
    Because we are wild and eat ourselves like fish, the new ministry of wildlife and fisheries should have replaced the ministry of interior.
    Since we are always at at war we need ministry for war, funerals and bereavement

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    • 19 March 2014 09:11, by omoni jr.

      Dr Ambaga
      hahaha, you hit the point brother.
      Ministry of wildlife and yet kiir is another wild animal butchering his own people.

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      • 19 March 2014 10:01, by Gangura

        Dinkas kingdom, Kirr is really compund idiot. he should go and look after his old father and mother in Kwajouk Warrap and leave this country for somebody like Dr, machar who tach a pen not him who knowns only drinking and eating milk. really our country as lost direction in the hand of dinkas with their premitive reasoning. I wish equatorian to hold that post one day so that we have development.

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        • 19 March 2014 11:41, by mathem jech amer

          Development does not come when you are a president, he is there to direct but subbordinates implement.What development did you do in your states and counties before making development in South Sudan?

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  • 19 March 2014 15:44, by wango

    I think that is a good move by president or whoever came up with the ideas of increase the ministries. The reason to doing this now is for easy accountability since there had been looting of money in ministries for so long. The greater danger our government is facing is lack of accountability. now there will be more specific ministries to deal with than the broader one we had. "transparency"

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  • 19 March 2014 16:45, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    it is because president i not question i would ask him the reason of the six ministries, that funds was suppose to be use for rehabilitaion of universities like Upper Nile and Dr.John Garang Memorial universities which were damaged by rebells in the country. And also to contruct even marrum roads from Juba to Malakal then for people of Greater Upper Nile region to use water transport for long

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