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South Sudan water minister says oil minister interfering in her activities


Minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, flanked by his Sudanese counterpart speak to reporters during a ceremony of the resumption of Oil Production in Unity Oilfields on 21 Jan 2019 (ST photo)

February 19, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudanese Water Resources and Irrigation Sophia Pal Gai accused The Minister of Petroleum of Republic of South Sudan Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth of interfering in the activities of her ministry.

In a complaint letter dated on 18 February to the President Salva Kiir, seen by Sudan Tribune, Gai denounced the "unacceptable activities" of Minister Gatkuoth pointing that he was supplying water facilities to in various areas of Juba, Northern Liech and Ruweng states without coordination with her ministry.

In September 2018, Malaysian oil company Petronas launched the first phase of its Water for Life project in Block 4 Gudele West, in the South Sudanese capital Juba. The project benefits more than 40,000 residents around Juba.

The project which is part of a Petronas’ corporate social responsibility commitment was implemented in collaboration with the oil ministry and Nile Hope, a South Sudan national NGO that undertakes the construction of water facilities.

Referring to the water facilities in Palouch, Minister Gai said Minister Gatkuoth once the project is implemented he claimed that the project as his "donation to the communities".

"The result that this has portrayed my Ministry in a bad shade with the general public thinking that we are not able to provide water supply services to the people despite the fact that it is our constitutional mandate," she further stressed.

The minister called on President Kiir’s intervention "to restore order and ensure that government institutions are required to follow their constructional mandates and endeavour where activities overlap".

Oil companies used to implement community development programmes and services projects including schools hospitals to the population in the oil production areas and other parts to facilitate their acceptance and integration.


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  • 20 February 2019 08:36, by Eastern

    Ezekiel Lol is the proxy of El Tabani Deng, the reason he wants to act the SUPER MINISTER, his days are numbered though...!

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    • 20 February 2019 08:50, by jubaone

      At least some nyagat was trying to do something, but in the wrong place, wrong time and wrong job. It ain’t anything new for nyagats and jienges whose skills are only limited to theft, killing and hoodwinking. With oil prices in a downturn, water will soon be so expensive than oil. Oil is for the few, water for the majority and brings in cash. Nyagats and jienges only see numbers $$$.

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      • 20 February 2019 09:13, by Eastern


        This Sophia Gai Pal woman should stop pretending! SPLA, of any shade, has no respect for women. See what is now happening in Bentiu - mass rape of Nuer women. Throughout the conflict women were raped by SPLA all over Upper Nile and Equatoria. Any woman in Kiir’s regime should just consider themselves women but not leaders. This is SPLA for you!

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      • 20 February 2019 10:19, by The Rhino


        Its evidently true that these days jienges and nyagats are scouring every corner of their bogus ministries for loot and goodies,..pure chaos my friends!In a jienge republic/South Sudan,its not surprising to witness that the minister of defends/petroleum,etc also steals excessively at the ministry of tourism/water resources,and etc.This explains the say,..where ever there are.....

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        • 20 February 2019 10:31, by The Rhino


          ..savages in place,there also exist jungle laws.These pigs have no regrets whatsoever,what they are doing to the country.We need urgent solutions to this shit!Let them go and mingle themselves only within their territories,NOT in Equatoria!

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    • 20 February 2019 09:39, by Midit Mitot

      Opportunist at the same time looters are now wrestling over their bitter food. Sorry Tabanees group!!!!!!

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    • 21 February 2019 00:45, by Pakuai

      I am just commenting simply because l want to comment, why does Mr. Lul Gatkuoth want to interfere with someone else mininistry? Oil, environment and water ministries can work together anyway. South Sudanese people just want things done, squables on jobs for no apparent reasons isn’t going to be entertained by South Sudanese people some of these days. clean drinking water to villages are supposed to first priority. All these nonsenses about integration of forces shouldn’t have been South Sudanese people concerns by now, but our idiots just want to fight bullsh*ts. Our army should be the one help build our infrastructures when they have nothing to do>>>>

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  • 20 February 2019 12:10, by Chiir

    Lol Gatkuoth,
    Le ngu gatma? Why are you all over the place snatching this and that without consulting the owners? Anyway, I know the answers: First, you are campaigning and looking for some legacy that will bring you back to the government. Second, you are looking for projects everywhere to get money, and third, U don’t know Ur job. Hence, U r irrecoverably screwed up. You ESL diploma couldn’t hel

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  • 20 February 2019 12:35, by Chiir

    ..not done with you yet, Hon. Lol.
    I heard you lied to people last year that economy was booming. Where was it booming? In your pockets? I see touring the whole world in the name of the ministry. Would you please fucking stop that? I am really getting fed up with your empty speeches after the tour!

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  • 20 February 2019 17:15, by lino

    Poor Junubien!!! By the time everyone woke up, all your land and water will get polluted by Oil Activities that we will not benefit from.
    People health will be badly affected, and we will be producing retarded population all over!!!

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  • 20 February 2019 18:52, by Gbu Na Baranya A Renya Lugor

    Look at these greedy opportunist in the corrupt being government. Shame on you. The 40th day of this government is coming. These idiots of South South and so on should take it from me today

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  • 20 February 2019 18:55, by Gbu Na Baranya A Renya Lugor

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  • 21 February 2019 06:54, by Kenyang ll

    If madness were to stop today, Edmund Yakani, Martin Lomoro, Lol Gatkuoth among few would have
    emerged as brave, pragmatic and persistence leaders leaders. They should have great future among South Sudanese.

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  • 21 February 2019 10:11, by Morthon Akol

    Madam Sophia Pal, in South Sudan there is no one follow the mandate

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  • 23 February 2019 16:07, by Chiir

    Lol Gatkuoth is destroying oil and gas industry in South Sudan. Lol does not understand basic rules that govern a parastatal. He went into a sweet-heart agreement with the Sudan government on Unity and Northfields oil Operation and lately he has been interfering with GPOC and DPOC Hiring processes. Sorry man, this guy is a hoax/joke!

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