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South Sudan president sacks two state governors


January 4, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir has, in an unexpected move, sacked two governors and replaced two officials from two newly-created states.

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President Salva Kiir adresses a joint press conference on 9 July 2016 (Reuters Photo)

Kiir, in a decree read on the state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) on Tuesday, sacked the Twic state governor, Bona Panek Biar and his Gogrial state counterpart, Abraham Gum.

The South Sudanese leader, in a separate decree, appointed former Twic state finance minister, Kon Manyiel Kuol as the new state governor, replacing Biar.

In Gogrial, Gregory Deng Kuach Aduol is the new governor.

The appointment of Aduol, an in law to the president, has drawn mixed reactions from supporters and political allies.

"I’m celebrating the most wanted appointment of Gen. Gregory Vasili with the people of Gogrial state. Congratulations to H. E. The president of the Republic of S. Sudan Gen. Kiir for his wise decision to respond to the people’s thirty for change”, said Ariech Mayar Ariech, an ally of the new governor and close friend to president Kiir’s family.


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  • 4 January 08:07, by Sir King


    President Kiir should immediately appoint his wife, Ayen Vaisila a deputy to her own brother, Gregory Vaisila to avoid further opposition from Gogrial and Twic. He(President) should appoint his drunkard son, Mayar Kiir who wanted to as Akon state Finance minister and his daughter, Sermuth, who married Ethiopian man and divorced within a year to be Gender and social Welfare Minster

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    • 4 January 14:55, by jubaone

      South Sudan is now run by half castes and bastards: First Taban a half jellaba now Gregory Vassili a half greek-jienge. Next, half human-half monkeys or aliens from outer space will run the country cos it is a country without owners.

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  • 4 January 08:11, by Sir King

    - I don’t know what he will tell the women of Gogrial if she becomes a minister of Gender and Social Welfare when indeed she divorced the husband within a year. Shame on Mayardit. Gogrial people are not lucky. His in-law is going to corrupt you maximally since they are brothers with a sister supporting her brother at night. What a world! Gogrialists are in hot soup.

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  • 4 January 08:15, by Sir King

    - Kiir has not shame in him.

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  • 4 January 09:23, by Unionist Agent

    Kiir Mayardit became president of South Sudan by twist of circumstances and chances, people voted overwhelmingly during the 2010 elections because of referendum. All the crisis we have had and continue to have is because of his weak leadership. Removing people will not address the root causes. At least the Governor of Gogrial State Abraham Gum has been doing his best to govern and run state affair

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  • 4 January 09:28, by Unionist Agent

    Cont..He managed to contain the insecurity between two communities that was instigated by close relatives of Kiir himself simply because they want to use the insecurity as the strategy to lobby for the removal of the poor Governor, which they actually did. If such trends continue and Kiir acts in favor of those sabotaging the system whether at state or national, then, there will come a time that

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  • 4 January 09:34, by Unionist Agent

    the silent majority awake and tell it to his face that his time is up. if it is a matter of being from Dinka, then there are other capable and patriotic Dinka that can lead and unite this country. Enough is enough with this visionless president.

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  • 4 January 09:46, by Unionist Agent

    The so called Ariech Mayar is a well known political bitch who has no integrity and passion. A primary 7 school drop out who has been forging certificates between Khartoum and Uganda. He’s recently attached himself so close to General Vasili claiming to be an intellectual and that he’s some professional values to offer to incoming administration but he has none, he is a complete bogus. we’re aware

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  • 4 January 10:31, by gakthon

    Ariech is celebrating new appointed gov while he doesn’t have any idea what will come with new gov.is this intelligence or naive or is he needs to show his support to new gov so that he would be appointed.we don’t know whether new gov will fit the need of communities or not . nothing we celebrate here before the time.

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  • 4 January 14:03, by Moses

    This was a great move to appoint Gen. Gregory Vasili by president kiir

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    • 5 January 08:11, by General

      This is what iam saying bro,Kiir have right to appoint sons, daughters and even his wife for the sake of his/her identity leave Gen Gergory who fought for almost 25 year

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  • 4 January 14:36, by Splm-iG

    I wish let president Kiir, sack the western lakes state Governor Abraham Makoi Bol,
    Mr.governor is not working with the youth if the state, he attaches his attitudes against the youths of the state.
    The governor is delivering the services to the state citizens. He failed to built a road between Yirol to Gok state.

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    • 5 January 10:14, by Mayom County Troops

      what about other states governors ,who are misleading communities down in rural villages ?

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  • 5 January 02:31, by CHILD-OF-NO-NATION

    ... And the president is on track by issuing lousy decree as usual. Kiir and his Familky entourages or cronies will bring this country to flat knee.. Thanks beny Kiirdit do your job.

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  • 5 January 07:04, by Rinno Ring

    Congratulation to Hon Bona Panek former governor of Twic. Twic State was not easy to run but you have shown up good administration and quality leadership, collaborating with Youth and communities many another
    Thank you, you did the best ever than president

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  • 5 January 15:39, by Dinka-Defender-General

    President Kiir, would you please stay away from state affairs and let people choose their leaders in the state levels. This is one of the reasons I’m against your leaderships. First, you don’t choose the right leaders for the people. Second, you don’t ask citizens who they want to lead them. You are destroying the country with your executive orders which cause many innocent lives. Please think.

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    • 6 January 07:31, by hamil


      Many including you supported this act in the past when the president fired elected governors from their positions. you do realize now that i is the will of the people to choose who they want to lead them. Kiir does things to appease his ego and exhibit his arrogance of " I am the President". So stop complaining because what he did to other States is coming to your doorstep.

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      • 6 January 13:44, by Gab Daneil

        Congratulations to both the outgoing and the incoming governors of Gogrial and Twic States. I like the way president Kiir has started firing those governors.


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      • 7 January 05:15, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Hamil, I never support P. Kiir executive power to remove anyone from power. I disagreed with P. Kiir over these issues many times, but you guys don’t know. I just don’t want to turn my gun against the country to overthrow president. I’m telling you the truth. We, the intellectual Dinka leaders are more frustrated than tribes, but we also know war is not the solution to our problems.

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