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S. Sudan’s defence minister “cancels” resignation: sources


South Sudan's Defence Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk, poses for a photo after a cabinet meeting in Juba January 17, 2014 (Reuters/Andreea Campeanu Photo
April 3, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President, Salva Kiir convinced the country’s defence minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk to cancel a resignation letter he has written last week, multiple sources claimed.

"He was convinced to return to work today and he is now working," a source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Sudan Tribune Monday.

The defence minister could, however, not be reached for a comment.

This is the second time, since his appointment in August 2013 that Kuol is alleged to have tendered his resignation from government.

In 2015, the defence minister reportedly asked President Kiir to relieve him from his position amidst tension over the management of military resources with army chief of staff, Gen. Paul Malong. The resignation was denied, but Kuol still went ahead and handed over the directorate of finance, formerly operating in the defence ministry.

While it remains unclear what prompted the latest allegations of resignation, multiple source claim relations between the defence minister and junior security officials have been strained by insubordination. The national security ministry headed by an ally of Kiir reports to the president as well as to directors of security agencies.

Kuol, a close aide revealed, tendered in a letter of resignation mid last week, and "requested to be allowed to go and rest in his house."

"He was not coming to office last week, particularly on Thursday and Friday," the aide added.

Another source claimed that the uncertainty over the decision of the South Sudanese defence minister led to the suspension of last Friday’s weekly council of ministers’ meeting, usually chaired by President Kiir.

Kuol’s resignation, analyst say, will be a significant blow to President Kiir who has lost significant senior members to the country’s armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) and the former political detainees.


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  • 4 April 2017 08:20, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Many thanks indeed

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    • 4 April 2017 16:10, by Baluang Kueth Buop

      Even if you resign or not, SPLA-I.O fighters won’t differentiate between you and those thugs you left behind.

      Viva Dr. Riek Machar Teny!
      Viva South Sudan!

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    • 5 April 2017 05:40, by junubi

      You fool you don’t know that kuol manyang is getting older how long will he be minister of defense

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  • 4 April 2017 08:29, by aborigin

    If true then indeed it shall be a big blow to Kiir govt. The president needs to intervene and resolve all these feuds revilving around ministry of defence because the backbone of SPLM is SPLA else Kiir would have his worst nightmates he ever had in his reign.

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  • 4 April 2017 08:42, by Manyngoo

    What goes around come around. In an Interview last month on VOA concerning the resignation of Cirilo, Kuol, you said there was no problem in the army/gov’t that could lead someone to rebellion, Now what is it? You want to resign angrily so you have accepted that what Thomas Cirilo said about a bad system in the Military of south Sudan is true. Come on guys it is true this government is dangerous

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  • 4 April 2017 08:47, by Sadam Kuikoy

    It is better for Kuol to resign because he is just ceremonial defense minister without powers, everything in relation to military affairs and resources is being managed by the King of the jungle the King paul Malong Awan
    The Dinka organization has been Bar-ghazalized! Lol, the downfall of the Dinka kingdom is just around the corner.

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    • 4 April 2017 10:38, by Runrach

      If true that Gen Kuol manyang is resigning then is gonna a big bombshell to to Kiir kleptocracy government. Remember mr president, if you allow Kuol to then start counting your days of exiting the people’s power.

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      • 4 April 2017 11:01, by Dengda

        Kuol can’t have to continue defending the corrupt system, we don’t want him to died from heart attack, he is a man of integrity and hate corruption and segregations. But his colleague from other side of the river growing corruption and intense their robbing.

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    • 4 April 2017 16:42, by Nyesi Ta

      Kuikoy! Your description of Kuol as a ceremonial minister of defense is correctly applied. This is the work of Kiir al Awiir and his cohorts just to appoint him as a minister of defense w/o portfolio. He should truly leave the ministry because nobody respects him from day one of his tenure.

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  • 4 April 2017 10:51, by Dengda

    How many times this resignation has been surfacing?
    Kuol shouldn’t be too royal to completely mess of Bar-el ghazel, it was alleged in 2010 eshuffled that he would be minister of defence in the following morning things change and Nhial Deng came instead of him. but When thing turn ugly in 2013 he was persuaded and he accepted the offer. Kuol Must resign this time, his job finished during struggle.

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    • 4 April 2017 10:52, by Dengda

      its right time for him to take rest and leave the hyenas alone.

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  • 4 April 2017 10:58, by Eyez

    The Defence Minister is a stooge and a lame duck, he has been good for nothing. Why allow himself to be manipulated by Kiir. He could have distanced himself from the tribal government of Kiir, Malong and the evil JCE.
    But, looking on the brighter side, the in-house brawls are a good indication that the Jienge regime is on the verge of collapsing soon.

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    • 5 April 2017 04:15, by john akeen

      Eyez or HIV
      you still talking. You crackhead dirty old pussy. I told you not to speak, because you have no right to speak in the media

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        John Akeen
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        Your dumb ass should banned on this forum, you are stupid as fuck, you can’t even write or spell properly. who the fuck writes a name beginning with a small letter, you dumb idiot

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        • 5 April 2017 07:24, by Eyez

          John Akeen
          I think you need a lecture, so you should feel privileged that a superior person to you has taken a moment to degrade himself by engaging with a naked, no brain and toothless lower cast Jienge. Therefore I ask forgiveness from my fellow Equatorians on this platform.
          Back to you, who the fuck are you to talk in front of men with your MTN rotten teeth-less mouth, you stupid cow.

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          • 5 April 2017 07:52, by Eyez

            You are a Jienge and therefore of a lower cast, and I’m an Equatorian, which means that I’m superior to your kind. You’re illiterate and I’m educated, you don’t wear clothes, but I do. The good blood has been cut from your face, therefore leaving you antagonised, but me, everything is the way God intended it to be. You have cow dunk for brains, I don’t. Now do you see the gigantic difference

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  • 4 April 2017 12:47, by DHARCHEP

    To me resignation of Genereal Kuol Manyang Juuk is not a problem. He can resign if he wants. His absent in the government will not affect the government. There are so many generals better than Kuol Manyang Juuk who can officiated his position. If I were Salva Kiir Miyardit, I could write a letter to him again saying that your "resignation letter is approved" period. Who is Kuol Manayang Juuk?

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  • 4 April 2017 15:15, by Roth yie Budor Tel

    The Bahergezhel colleague first treated the Nuer badly and massacred them and push them out of the capital Juba, then did it to Shuluk the same way, thirdly to the Equatorian so now to Dinka Bor and Balandi, what do this people need?, they thought the Country is for The Bhargezhel people or what?, I think one day everyone who support their idea will regret.

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    • 4 April 2017 15:51, by Believe in Truth

      Dear Juk,

      Its good to loud clearly that our country’s leader (Kiir) including you have failed miserably hence the suffering of civilian. This the direction we lost as a SPLM parties that led to this mess!! And I believe this is not what we fought for!! I would rather you go ahead and be shame of yourselves too like the rest who have resigned pretending innocent of this mess....

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  • 4 April 2017 17:18, by lino

    The vision changes from Old Sudan into New Sudan was represented by Former Detainees in which Kuol Manyang was one of few senior officers of SPLM/A signled supporting for long time.
    I am not sure how he let himself dragged by Kiirmina of Bhr el Gazal!!!
    When Kiir started to distance himself from Senior Officers in the SPLM/A, his legacy started failing to the ground. History will tell.

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  • 4 April 2017 18:24, by Eastern

    If the older eyes of Kuol Manyang ses mistakes in what Paul Malong does, why shouldn’t stupid Bahr El Ghazal see it?!

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  • 4 April 2017 18:46, by garrak1520

    Eng.Kuol, second time you tender your resignation; the reason is simple, deep in you there is too much wrong going on, and you can’t stop because of party affiliation. It is wrong, time to follow your heart. The administration you are part of is not serving the people, and it is against your belief and the ideology of the soul that were lost during the 50 years for equal right and justice.

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  • 5 April 2017 13:23, by Adok son

    Who cares about their resignations lately while the Equatorians, Upperniles and some of BaharelGazals have taken their decision to vow down and fight for the total freedom of the people of SS? Now lets Kuol Manyang think critically otherwise he will be arrested by those who daily sings the song that "Riek needs to take power by force".

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