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 President Kiir poses with Gathoth Gatkuoth after the swearing in ceremony on 22 Nov 2019 (Photo SSPPU)

November 22, 2019 (JUBA) - President Salva Kiir has issued a presidential order sacking Latjor state governor and replacing him with the former labour minister, sparking questions behind motives and circumstances under which the decision was taken.

According to a statement broadcast by the state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday evening, Kiir removed Elijah Liech Bany from his gubernatorial position and replaced with Gathoth Gatkuoth.

The new governor of Latjor State Gen. Gtakuoth took the oath of office before the President Kiir at the State House on Friday.

In his remarks, the president advised the newly appointed governor to rebuild trust among the people of Latjor in particular and Greater Upper Nile in general.

Gathuoth had been fired by a presidential order early this year following a rift within the faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) under the leadership of the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai.

His sack came after Gatkuoth’s opposition for the dissolution of their SPLM-IO’s faction without following proper procedures.

At the time, the new governor also advocated for regional balancing, proposing that a deputy president should be allocated to someone from another region instead of the Upper Nile since Riek Machar and the nominee of the former detainees would come from the same region.

Following what, Gai opposed his stance and recommended his sacking from his ministerial portfolio.

For his part, Gatkuoth declaring himself as the interim chairman of the SPLM-IO faction in the government, arguing that Gai’s decision had caused confusion and uncertainty among the group supporters and military who ignored their fate within in the upcoming political set-up and arrangements.

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  • 23 November 09:38, by Malakal county Simon

    Gathoth Gatkuoth Hothnyang,

    From being a former National Labour minister and then appointed to a junior position of governorship?? He is a very dishonest guy with a short temper.. He has fought a very good war in Malakal against the slaves/jaangs 2013-2014 and earned a good reputation which he has already destroyed!! Should he foolishly start a war in Nasir after 100 Days elapsed??

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    • 23 November 09:39, by Malakal county Simon

      cont...

      He will be a history!

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  • 23 November 22:38, by conservative

    Nuer are disparate people in south Sudan

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    • 24 November 00:24, by jubaone

      When a nyagat opens his dirty mouth, the jienge stuffs it full so the nyagat can’t talk. What a waste. He joined Riek cuz his fellow Nuers were slaughtered like pigs in Juba. He rebelled against Riek and crawled to Juba like a hungry street dog. Now the clever kiirminal knows what the nyagats all love: free nyamnyam. Disgusting and the innocent Nuers died just like pigs while their leaders eat.

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      • 24 November 01:29, by Mayendit

        Jubaone
        Why abusing general Gathoth Gatkuoth while, Eduatorian people are doing same thing. You guys are so foolish indeed, why supported Riek Machar Teny when he murder generals Martin Kenyi and Elas respectively. Both from Eduatoria regions and they were killed after they were cashed out Juba and Riek Machar order his bodyguards to get written of them so that, they will not joined Cirillo rebel

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