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South Sudan president dismisses four state governors


August 16, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has issued a presidential decree on Sunday dismissing four elected governors of four states as he was leaving for the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to hold face-to-face negotiations with his rival, former vice-president and leader of armed opposition faction, Riek Machar, to possibly sign a final peace agreement.

South Sudanese preasident Salva Kiir (AFP)

In the presidential decrees read on the national South Sudan Television (SSTV) on Sunday evening, the relieved governors include Nyandeng Malek of Warrap state, Simon Kun Puoch of Upper Nile state, Clement Wani Konga of Central Equatoria state and Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro, governor of Western Equatoria state.

The four were elected in April 2010 elections before July 2011 independence of South Sudan together with the president. However, their terms of office were equally extended in May this year for three more years together with the president Kiir by the national legislature, which similarly extended its own mandate for the said duration until elections are conducted in 2018.

Salva Chol Ayat, acting caretaker governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal state was also relieved from his duties. President Kiir, according to the announcement, appointed Northern Bahr el Ghazal police commissioner, Akot Deng Akot as the new governor of the state.

Deputy Warrap state governor, Akec Tong was named the new governor to replace Nyandeng while deputy chief of general staff for moral orientation of the government forces, Lieutenant General Chol Thon was named the new governor of Upper Nile state, to replace the dismissed Kun Puoch.

It was not clear what prompted the president to dismiss the elected state top executives ahead of expected peace agreement, which has now left only two elected governors in place after eight elected ones have been dismissed by a presidential decree over time.

Governor Louis Lobong Lojore of Eastern Equatoria state and governor Rizik Zacharia Hassan of Western Bahr el Ghazal state are the only two governors left untouched.

President Kiir was given constitutional powers in the transitional constitution, 2011, to relieve state governors in cases of insecurity and threats to the national sovereignty of the country.

However, the constitution further stipulates that an election must be held in 60 days in the state where an elected governor has been relieved by a presidential decree. But since 2013 as no single state has ever held gubernatorial election per the constitutional provision after relief of governor.

The abrupt change came after president Kiir called the governors to Juba on Friday for a consultation with him on the peace process in Addis Ababa.

It was also reported that before the decrees were issued, governor of Western Equatoria state, Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro was detained at the Juba airport by security operatives on Friday who prevented him from returning to his home state capital, Yambio, indicating the governors were not initially informed of the imminent changes.

Government officials however downplayed possible internal rifts within the government’s camp following the unceremonious dismissal of some of the most powerful governors in the region whose president Kiir depended on for political and military support.


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  • 17 August 2015 07:32, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    You forgot Charles Kasanga, he is the voice of Bakasoro, They are free to join Remnasa robbers now for their day meals.

    • 17 August 2015 07:36, by Mi diit

      The governors he fired finally told him he was too dependent on Museveni for advice, everything, worrying that the sovereignty of South Sudan was in the hands of Musveni. He didn’t like it and fired on them. Buh!

    • 17 August 2015 08:08, by Force 1

      Former WES Governor Bokasoro is now free to join his armed Remnasa youth and started ambushing SPLA soldiers; no more hiding under governorship position and command his pinheads youth! And we will see where they will be hiding; they can hid the soldiers and ran but they cannot hide anywhere!

      • 17 August 2015 08:37, by Mi diit

        Hahahahaa...that cowboy empty headed president is truly a fool as many have been saying it all along.

        • 17 August 2015 13:47, by dad1

          i like that game, thank you very much mr president for what you did to bakasoro and konga, look for loyalt equatorian to replace them and let them go to hell. God blessed

    • 17 August 2015 09:13, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Unfortunately, Simon Kun Puoc, would have not be relieved.
      He is a strong Gen. Governor who long patients with government.

    • 17 August 2015 12:49, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      The dongolla kingdom will fall soon

      • 17 August 2015 14:11, by Mi diit


        Killer dictator Museveni, adapted step father of Kiir, left Addis Ababa for his capital Kampala, disappointed when his interest was blocked by other IGAD PLUS leaders. He left Kiir alone like an orphan to carry his own cross in Addis Ababa. I guess he will call Kiir on phone to tell him to leave too. Interesting!

  • 17 August 2015 07:42, by Alfredo christiani

    Congratulations Mr President Kiir for a wise decision, let them join rebels ahahahha I’m very happy indeed, change will change everything in the system. Congratulation once again with many thanks

    • 17 August 2015 12:04, by jubaone


      Hiring anf firing constitutional post holders at will is of course Kiir´s preoccupation. Unable to fight corruption, tribalism, bring economic development, enforce the rule of law etc..he is only the "hiring and firing" president. Of course with little education, one can NOT expect much. Once Dr. Riak comes in, common sense, intellect and reason will start and so development. Period

  • 17 August 2015 08:11, by sudani ana

    The last kick of a dying horse?

    • 17 August 2015 08:24, by Force 1

      Sudani ana;
      what are you trying to say? Are your issues perfect there in Sudan? I hope you’re not trying to saying anything about South Sudan because if you do; you would be an idiot to do so! You need to worry about Sudan breaking up into three countries of Darfur, Nuba Mountain and Sudan.

  • 17 August 2015 08:20, by lino

    I am doubted if really Kiir is taking these decisions alone. The man is really sick even barely walking on the steps towards the plane for Ethiopia.
    Someone else is running the country, and doubted if that person is Wani!!!
    If the president is gone at any time, we will see who is behind the scene...

  • 17 August 2015 08:24, by marie

    Do not worry about the governors, the question is, will Salva Kiir come back safely to Juba?

    • 17 August 2015 08:31, by Akol Liai Mager

      All lives are in the hands of God, however I hope that President Salva Kiir Mayardit fly to, and back safely. We do not need assassinations and revenges in South Sudan’s politics as implied by your question.

      • 17 August 2015 09:09, by dinkdong

        Are lives really protected in the hand of God? What about lives lost in Juba, Bor, Bentiu, and Malakal between December of 2013 and now? Shouldn’t they be protected as well by God’s hand?

    • 17 August 2015 08:31, by Force 1

      Keep daydreaming about president not coming back to Juba; you’ll see him in Juba soon after he reject the stupid peace deal or sign what he like to sign!

      • 17 August 2015 13:54, by jubaone

        Force 1,

        The greatest fear is not that Machar will come back to Juba, but rather what you will now do in your luak without food? Once Machar comes back, he will clean up all that shit.

        • 17 August 2015 18:06, by Force 1

          Jubaone or two
          Good luck with the chances of Riek being anything. But here is what you should be doing; you should joint your governor Wani and mourn your lost job of governorship.

  • 17 August 2015 09:47, by Peter Marko

    First, Dr. Mashit was dismissed by power powerful rebel generals , then the political wings of the movement denounced him, and now the Nuer Council of Elders drew their support to Riak, just one day after the publicly supported him. Dr. Mashit is done for gud, and it will not be long before his American in-laws through him under the bus. This is the end game for him. What a disgraceful end.

    • 17 August 2015 18:47, by jubaone

      Peter marko,

      Are you aware that Gen. Gadet was sactioned by the UNSC and whatever he does has no effect on IGAD peace deal? He has no place in the deal, the best he can do is rejoin Machar soon. We´re working on that. Machar is coming to clean up that "bullshit" with intellect and reason as a full blown academic and not like a semi-illiterate bush-fighter.

  • 17 August 2015 10:17, by ykanna

    Bagasoro deserved the decree , becuz he’s the root caused of all the insecurity in western Equatoria state . The other Idiot is in lakes , i wondered and amazed by the order that left him out when it was a hope of all citizens of lakes to see he leaving the seat for another person . Bagasoro go to where u want to go . you been advice but failed to abandon rebel behaviors. now u demised

  • 17 August 2015 10:36, by William Atak Garang.

    The light in tunnel,is likely to prevail! if the warring parties sign the peace agreement,it would be better to rescue the life of innocent people. We are really tired of the dishonour of agreements. God will touch your hearts to end conflict.

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