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South Sudan limits use of “Excellency” to the president 


By Ngor Arol Garang

June 30 , 2011 (JUBA) - The Government of South Sudan (GoSS) on Thursday issued an order explaining that the term “Excellency” should only be used for the president and head of foreign missions and embassies.

Salva Kiir, President of South Sudan (ST)

This comes following debates over the extensive use Excellency by officials in South Sudan’s civil service making it difficult to know who fits the appropriate use of the term.

Cirino Hiteng, the minister in the office for the president of GoSS said on Thursday that the government accepts and encourages the use of appropriate functional and academic titles and limits the use of “Excellency” to only the president and heads of foreign missions and embassies.

“We have sent out a circulation to all heads of departments and offices to accept and encourage the immediate use of appropriate titles. This is meant to conform to the international protocol on the use of Excellency”, explained the minister.

The statement entitled “the use of Excellency in the Republic of South Sudan” informs all government offices and the general public that from 9 July 2011, the day of South Sudan’s independence, the use of the word “Excellency” will be limited to the President.

“Only the President of the Republic of South Sudan will be addressed by this title and all other officials will be addressed by their appropriate titles. The change is meant to conform to the international protocol on the use of ’Excellency’”, reads part of the statement seen by Sudan Tribune.

“The decision made by the government to limit the use of ’Excellency’ is encouraging move indeed. The public was not comfortable with the use of Excellency in the public address”, said Deng Akuei Ajou, a senior member of the GoSS.

“I have sometimes found myself being addressed with this title though I do not feel comfortable with it, for I am just government employee appointed under a civil service category despite seniority. I found it was unacceptable. And I am glad that the government has realised the need to conform to international standards”, said Ajou.


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  • 1 July 2011 07:31, by Meendebai

    Not improtance at all for public’s consumption.

    • 1 July 2011 08:50, by Cuei Rooi

      I think south sudan parlimentarians should call for an amend law that could abolish these titles include excellency’honorable simply because these make our leaders feel likes they above sky.they are abusing these titles.the best address to them should be mr and mrs to creat simplicity and humility for our leaders instead of greed

      • 1 July 2011 14:45, by Paul Chadrack

        Kiir, himself don’t deserve this title, because of his naive actions and looting minded he should only be call mr president. with kiir’s presidency in the coming new nation no prosperity, developments and progress only what will be expect from the so call new adminstration for state of south sudan is corruption.

      • 1 July 2011 16:01, by Jada Lotole

        The term "Excellecy " Ought to be applied to a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events in the society and who is not corrupt in any way !
        Who do you think deserves this tittle here in South Sudan ?

        The answer is : No one deserves this tilttle . Only the Puppets and sycophants and glory seekers use this tittle when addressing thoes who are said to be the right people to have this tittle .

      • 1 July 2011 16:22, by Waucity

        Beny is the term that should be used..

        • 1 July 2011 22:47, by kuoldit

          Benydit or kuor mitdit can be use as the word Benydit is well known country wide.We are tired to use this word Excellency as it is unfit to be use anyhow to any person exception the president.

    • 1 July 2011 09:32, by Runrach

      I am absolutely agreed with the denial of the term H.E to Kiir because he is not deserved/ entitled to be call his excellency simply becuase he is a man his own mouth.

    • 1 July 2011 10:54, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      As a consequence, progress has come to mean simply more power, more profit, more productivity, more paper prosperity, all of which are convertible into standards concerned only with size or magnitude rather than quality or excellence
      that his exellence benydit Dr john Garang and his exlellence benydit General Salva kiir mayardit.

    • 1 July 2011 13:17, by Deng

      Dear readers, PEOPLE call me excellency man but I give them money and any things they needs,president, ministers and all officials from geverment or bussinessmen should be call excellency or anybody having good work,

    • 1 July 2011 13:48, by whistleblower

      Chinese Agent pushes up cost of development in South Sudan

      Transparency International and the NGO, Corruption Watch, both issued statements today expressing their serious concern at the way the cost of much needed developmental projects in South Sudan are being pushed up by a Singaporean agent purportedly acting on behalf of Chinese contractors
      The agent identified as Robin Ong, has reportedly negotiated commissions in excess of ten percent of contract value with Chinese contractors including CNOOC which is bidding for a pipeline contract, China State Construction which is bidding for a dam project and several road and bridge projects, China railways which is bidding for rail projects and CAMCE which is bidding for cement plants and agro industries processing units.
      These projects total almost two billion US dollars and Ong’s commission payments exceed US$ two hundred million. This is money that is being diverted from priority development projects and into the pockets of corrupt officials and politicians in South Sudan.
      Ong is reported to have paid for lavish trips to Malaysia and China for the Vice President Riek Machar and the Minister of Mines and Energy Garang Diing. He has also paid for trips to Macau by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Stephen Dhieu .
      In a leaked letter to CNOOC, seen by Corruption watch, Ong states “ My partners in S.Sudan, Gen Riek Machar and Gen Tut Deng Yat are two of the most powerful men in the country. Gen Machar, who is the Vice President, will soon be the President, and even now takes all decisions in the Government. I have been mandated by him personally to act as his advisor on all contracts with Asian companies……….”
      Corruption Watch has appealed to The President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, who has a reputation for not tolerating corruption, to rein in the activities of commission agents who are poisoning the body politic of the soon to be independent country. In a press release today, Jonathan De Mobray, the CEO of Corruption Watch said “ at a time when thousands of South Sudanese have no food, water or shelter, it is incredible that ministers in the S.South Sudanese government appear to be actively conniving with an agent to siphon off much needed funds”. He has called upon the US State Department and The Chinese government to thoroughly investigate the activities of Mr.Ong and take appropriate action

    • 1 July 2011 15:33, by Joseph Makuer

      This is the dying of an old military discipline. Thank for the coming of democracy. Somebody in Yemen contacted me by writing to me while using using the title Excellency. I didn’t feel guilty because, they were really looking forward for voice to be heard since there are in a terrified refugee camp Sana Yemen.

    • 1 July 2011 16:43, by MJriaksdca

      I think the move to conform to appropriate applications of titles such as "excellency" by South Sudan is a good and humble move. It shows our politicians are coming to realize that they are not more than normal sinful human beings. I am happy for the move.

      United States is on top of the world yet her president is addressed as Mr. President.
      a state governor as governor
      a mayor as mayor so and so
      a council member as council member so and so

      These people addressed by the title of their jobs or functions don’t look with evil eyes those who call them so, but in our African countries, poor as they are, corrupt politicians enjoy being adored like gods.

      Shame on them.

      They should learn to be humble and know that they are elected not appointed or come to power through bloody fight.

  • 1 July 2011 07:34, by Kon Ajith Deng

    Mr.President is very far for Excellency,let it be for Dr.Riak and Dr.Lam

    • 1 July 2011 07:43, by Meendebai

      Kon Ajith,

      Riek & Lam will get when they makes it to the top! Happy now!!!!!!!!!

    • 1 July 2011 11:21, by Jurdit Mayen

      @ my friend

      Excellency is not also useful for those two guys whom you mentioned i:e Dr Riak & Dr lam because they have revolt against this term "Excellency" in some years back.

      Therefore,they are not deserved for this title any more.

      Master Kiir is deserved to this title only because he had never revolt one day.

    • 1 July 2011 15:42, by Joseph Makuer


      Sir, I do hard time to understand you. What are you talking about? Yes, both Dr. Riak and Dr. Lam deserves to be caled Excelllency. But, are you talking about the educational title in which both Riak and Lam hold? If so, sir! you’re absolutely wrong. You can call as Excellency when you hold one of those positions mentioned by the President. Let not humilate our leaders, let encourage them for a better results of our new born country.

      • 1 July 2011 15:48, by Joseph Makuer

        I am apologizes for my grammatical errors that I have made

  • 1 July 2011 07:43, by Akibon


    This is a wise move to ensure misappropriation of official address which indeed is offensive.

    Mr Meendebai,

    If this is not important for public consumption then what does the word important mean to you?
    It is the public who use this word Excellency and thus they must be informed through media such as this that there is no need to use the word in a mess but rather they should be specific.

    You suck maan!!!

  • 1 July 2011 07:44, by George Bol

    people used these titles for just pleasure. Doctor, general, and Excellecy. yes, Excellency suit heads of states, governors, Heads of government, and Ambassadors.Please we need to used appropraite titles.

    • 1 July 2011 08:09, by twins

      They should let everybody please whoever she/he wants to please by using the word "excellency." This seems more like dictatorship, but I know this guy is not and he shouldn’t strict this word to himself. I don’t know why should SouthSudan takes this word seriously.

    • 1 July 2011 08:25, by innocent

      Literally , excellency just mean excellency , the question is how excellency is excellency ?. I would prefer a title of general to president if think fit as this is his title within his field of discipline. This is good move for people of south Sudan to limit the use of excellency to the president if otherwise sound not funny or joke to the rest of the world. Here in western societies representative of people are refer to their academic title/ professionalism to make it valuable and counts.

  • 1 July 2011 07:56, by doublebookdialled

    I think, it is a good move, but i wonder how the presidency came to realize this term. is it a lesson learnt from Equatorial Guinea submit? i think this term’s limitation will be like "ZERO TOLERANCE" on corruption which doesn’t take it cause.

    Hope the Lord’s is trying to teach these unethical leaders who use their daughters and their appointed staffs as wife.


  • 1 July 2011 07:58, by Jeti

    Bravo our president for limiting this title to yourself alone. Neither the VP nor the failed Dr. Lam Akol can be called ’H.E’ but only the president ’His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit’.

    • 1 July 2011 10:51, by Dicksons Deng

      You appear clicked to Kiir as you are a bootlicker. what if Dr Lam becomes the president, don’t think we would address him the same?
      The term His excellency is not a one man title the way you think.
      Both Riek and lam are equally leaders as well.
      careful!!! never write back to me your shalow English for foolish majority along the western bank.

  • 1 July 2011 08:05, by Bush

    That’s very good move in the right direction because the use of H.E has been abused in the last six years, even some illiterate county commissioners are been called H.E, other dogs are also been called H.E.

    This must stop from July 9.

  • 1 July 2011 08:20, by Amusa Dam Chan

    My advice to the writers, the word excellency is an acknowlegement term use to address the head of states like president or someone represent the states. our people took it wrongly beacuse we have little education to use words in apporpriet way the are suppose to be. now we are going to be free men and women on the 9th of july one week and one day to go. I want to ask all the writers, what are we going to miss when south sudan going to be independence from North? my analysis is nothing but what is our Identifty? what I known in southern Sudan is tribes identity. let us stop doing identity of tribes, using of connective words, this time very leader will be treat as individual regarding the tribes he or she came from. stop discusion on tribe line and look the country one planet and this will united our nation.

    • 1 July 2011 08:54, by Bush

      @Amusa Dam Chan

      You are right but our youth need to involve them themselves much in sports than in politics, those who are talented in sports should start building their careers instead of supporting your corrupted uncles in the GoSS.

      They already have bad records and the people of South Sudan will judge them one day, so don’t follow them but build your careers.

    • 1 July 2011 09:31, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

      Now, Government of South Sudan officials are accepting corrections. Those who used the word "excellency" on every government official was a signed of dictatorship as some of you put and sometimes those who used, make it as a net to get what they want from the addressees/officials concerned.

      It is now good that the knowledge of our Government officials is expanding to distinguish wrong titles and use appropriate Titles for themselves. This word "Excellency" is also irrelevant to Chief Justice and Judges or Legal officers, Army officers, Organised forces and any other Institutions however, the word did not originate anywhere but within the offices of those given this title. The same officials should have warned their Secretaries or office Managers to use appropriate titles but they kept quiete until it become a matter of debate as of today article.

      I do fully agree with the subject of the this article. Call President "His Excellency" as well as his vice President. The rest of Minsters and MPs are called "Honorables", "Majesty and Justice" to Cheif Justice and Legal officers respectively, Sir and Madams to heads of Departments, Lordship and Reverance to Bishops and Priests repectively. I think right structuring and titlements will be appropriately used in the Republic of South Sudan. Another thing that is more lacking in the Ministeries and Instutions is the nature of the "Memos" and officials letters. They too wrongly write "Memos" and "letters" in informal ways. The way the references are made is also wrong. Anyway there are many errors within the Government that need to be addressed as we become an Independent State but who is going to debate on those issues? I believe it is the Legislative assembly to come up with Topics for Debates.

      This is their work and they shuold not sit in comfortable office to educate themselves with Fabrications and reading Newspapers that are full with lies. The role of MP is to bring in information from the Public to the Assembly and this will some times force them to summon the Ministers concerned for answering issues that the public is not happy about. This will prove that MPs are eyes and spokepersons of their Constituencies they represents. And many more.

  • 1 July 2011 08:34, by Akibon


    Thanks alot sister, your words matters. Yes illiteracy is consuming our people and that is why you see most commentators here don’t make sense at all.
    They are just like blinds trying to pick out a thorn from their foots. Stay tune!

    • 1 July 2011 09:16, by Akuma

      Before you begin to criticizes others over their education, are you educated enough, know what to do?
      This is great improvement in our GoSS chamber of public relation and governance.
      Loyalty to your country mean wisdom.

  • 1 July 2011 09:25, by Wanibuluk Ciciliba

    What will those who enjoys pleasure in this term ’excellency’ do to bragg and order food by force?
    These tall cross faced people thought this term was equivalent to Beny but no. This Salva Kirr was challenged in the Equaterial Guinee thats why he issued this decree.

  • 1 July 2011 09:31, by Nhomlawda

    Excellency or no Excellency matters less in today’s world.
    What matters is how do your people and world around you perceive you in terms of deeds to the wellbeing of the society and the world?
    Let us not to seen to be embroiled much in the love of titles but in our service to people.
    Call him Gen. Salva Kiir or President Salva Kiir or Mr. Salva Kiir or Dr. Salva Kiir, he will still be the same Salva Kiir – if he is bad in his people’s eyes, he will still be bad regardless of any title use or if he is good, he will be good regardless of any title.
    In summary, titles matter less in civilized societies but actions/deeds speak louder.
    For example, people like Nelson Mandela and Chinua Achebe are legendaries in their fields but they rarely use academics or functional title.
    Another example, Mummer Gaddafi ruled Libya for 42 years with a title of brother leader; the title use did not make him a less ruler or lesser dictator in that matter compared to other African leaders who had given themselves titles like Field Marshal General, His Excellency, etc.

    • 1 July 2011 10:41, by innocent

      Hi guys,
      some of your comments are quiet interesting . In south sudan if folks hear the word "excellency" .They just started to scramble as if something good is falling from the sky. No, it is absolutely wrong ,just as it do not satisfy the public perception. It is one of the oldest famous title used during the late 18th centrury ,so do 21st centruy ?. It seem to me as commonest title used by African head of states. Supposedly, in the constitution of south sudan, it need to be debate whether is applicable or not. If come not then dumped it !.

  • 1 July 2011 10:00, by Aleu

    Ngor Arol Garang.

    Even president people are not supposed to prasiing excellency all the time. President has to be call Mr. president and that is how many nations are using unfortunately, Southern Sudanese in GOSS and governorship all the time they use excellency president, excellency VP while, there are many problems they have never resolving and I think excellency should not be use for neither president nor ministers.

    I know it is amazing you know, to see some people in Southern Sudan they are prasing criminals with dignity instead, those people should be jail for 100 years for the massive killing they have done. In fact the term excellency is about between 95% to 100% and I don’t think any leader in Southern Sudan is qualified for this excellency term why not using Mr. president because this how the worldwide are using it.

  • 1 July 2011 10:30, by Dicksons Deng

    All i say demn! Excellency or no Excellency, the president must perform.
    Ministers are only addressed as ministers- period, MPs Honurable members.
    In the long run we shall even refer to them by names for we don’t see what they do in parliamnent- seat warmers.

  • 1 July 2011 11:21, by Madut Tong

    The titles "H. E.", "Honorable" are always use diplomatically to address any person holding prestigious position in the country. They show the supremacy of the state given to the holder of that position in that country. They are also use formally in contrast to informality. The individual legible to be called as such are always the one holding political position, and not civil servants. therefore the title is use of the President, Ministers, members of Parliament and diplomats such as ambassadors. So, how will it be confined only to the President of the Republic of South Sudan? I don’t understand this. I think, it is better to ask the specialists in the diplomatic field. So, please don’t overrule or confine it to Mr. President alone.

  • 1 July 2011 13:59, by DANDHEL

    Hmmm,H.E,Honorable,Mr or Mrs...its really hard for the villagers to call it or pronounce it anyway specially those in Nuerland.only they know Gatma Gatwa something or Koormidiit..Its good to call them by names rather by the titles even the president himself..

  • 1 July 2011 14:17, by Bush

    ... Shall all the rest then be called "Benyi" or "Zol Kabir"?
    I sure this move is going to annoy most of the Dinkas because every Dinka wants to be called Benyi or Zol Kabir. I don’t know if they accept this move by the government.

    • 1 July 2011 16:36, by kuoldit

      Bush or RUBBISH,there is no one blocking you to address your people in your own mother tongues,why do feel jealousy when Dinkas are addressing themselves in their language? The word’’ Beny’’ can,t be abandon because the word’’ Excellncy’’ have been limited to the president.Therefore,Dinkas have no any problem not to address their bosses as Beny and it is still remain as our fitting word for addressing Dinka people or those who have learnt our language.

      Lastly,the word Excellency was unfit and it is still unfit to address any VIPS /Hon Member except the President of the Republic Southern Sudan.

  • 1 July 2011 21:44, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    Thanks alot for that.
    I think the next thing will be for those who have looted public monies. The investigation will be the next thing Government will tell her citizens and people brought to books, since no arabs to point figure at them any longer.

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