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President Kiir relieves South Sudan’s oil minister


South Sudan's Minister of Petroleum Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth speaks during a Reuters interview in his office in Juba, South Sudan, October 10, 2017.
June 12, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir Wednesday unexpectedly relieved his Oil Minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth who served for nearly three years in this position.

Gatkuoth was appointed as oil minister on 2 August 2016; following the defection from the SPLM-IO of a faction led by First Vice President Taban Deng who joined the government of President Salva Kiir.

Government officials declined to comment on the sack of the former oil minister but some others hinted that he was appointed under the proposition of the leader of his party.

In another separate decree, the South Sudanese leader appointed Awow Daniel Chuang, who was the director general at the petroleum ministry, as the new minister.

It has been admitted that Gatkuoth worked hard to increase oil production as it is the only source of revenue to the country.

However, he was seen as an ambitious politician, seeking to promote people from his clan in the party’s sections particularly in Latjor State.

last February, South Sudanese Water Resources and Irrigation Sophia Pal Gai accused Gatkuoth of interfering in the activities of her ministry and supplying water facilities to in various areas of Juba, Northern Liech and Ruweng states without coordination with her ministry.

Nonetheless, the former minister at the time refuted the accusations.

Also, on Wednesday, Kiir also relieved Jonglei government Philip Aguer the former SPLA spokesperson.


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  • 13 June 2019 01:28, by Kenyang ll

    Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth is a good leader, he did all could in difficult circumstance and all should wish him the best. One just hope his removal has nothing do with backbiting and all allegations/fear of taking over someone position. If President Kiir thinks others stay too long in their positions and need change, he should consider majority South Sudanese being sick of him.

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    • 13 June 2019 04:15, by Anthony

      Yeah, he should consider relieving himself and letting new, better people without blood on their hands to take power.This drunken cowboy idiot hasn’t done anything for South Sudan.

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    • 13 June 2019 08:34, by Midit Mitot

      The good job has began, let Taban Deng group smell it well, they will be relives one by one. Go in peace betrayer!

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      • 13 June 2019 10:55, by Midit Mitot

        I hope South Sudan economic is not longer booming Mr Lol Gatkuoth?

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  • 13 June 2019 05:45, by Anthony

    He prob was a tribalist and corrupt anyways.Damn those lines on his forehead are hideous! South sudan needs to ban tribal markings and avulsion of the teeth. They add to the already natural ugliness of many south sudanese. cutting your face is horrifying and savage.

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  • 13 June 2019 07:28, by lino

    He better spends the stolen petroleum money in Juba than running back to USA where he was a refugee in Nebraska!!!
    Sentry Group will be hunting you!!!

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  • 13 June 2019 09:34, by Kush Natives

    Sorry Mr. Minster for the lost, God had blessed you in those days. Government are a temporary job, therefore, don’t laugh or cry when you get in or out. Good luck buddy!

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    • 13 June 2019 09:37, by Kush Natives

      It’s time now for Mr. Lol Ezekiel to study more on South Sudan’s politics.....!

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      • 13 June 2019 11:16, by Games

        What come around goes around? Lol Gatkouth was displaced his relatives in Maiwut and Pagak respectively for that useless position which he has lost without a good logic explanation.
        Salva Kiir has done a great job for relieving him but the position should have been given to Taban Deng Gai’s groups, if the 2016 peace between Kiir and Taban means something

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        • 13 June 2019 11:59, by South South

          Crazy nuer guy is talking nonsense.

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          • 13 June 2019 14:01, by Midit Mitot

            South South,
            Let your political affiliation be professional, this debate has nothing to point figure on whether you are Nuer or whoever! Lol Gatkuoth did not appointed by Nuer community to be Oil Minister, try to learn the country politics.You are so tribal does not show your intellectualism.

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          • 13 June 2019 14:05, by Midit Mitot

            South South,
            Let your political affiliation be professional, this debate has nothing to point figure on whether you are Nuer or whoever! Lol Gatkuoth did not appointed by Nuer community to be Oil Minister, try to learn the country politics.Your tribal minded does not show your intellectualism.

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            • 14 June 2019 04:51, by Pakuai

              I personally have no problem with the president firing ministers. But in future after elections are done and the governors of South Sudan states are elected by the citizens of those states, then the president of South Sudan would not have powers to fire them, but to be impeached by their state’s legislative bodies and replaced. But for now though, South Sudan is in a crises constitution.>>>>

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              • 14 June 2019 05:04, by Pakuai

                Mr. Lulu Gatluak has done his petroleum portfolio pretty well and l think Mr. President should notice that. With Mr. Philip Aguer Panyang, he has no problem doing his job here in Jonglei state. But as he was appointed by Juba and the Juba want to relieve him, l don’t also have problem with that. And l don’t think a gentleman like Mr. Aguer Panyang will go and turn against the people of South Sudan and people of Jonglei state to pursue his own selfish interest simply because he has been removed from his job>>>

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                • 14 June 2019 05:14, by Pakuai

                  As l said, South Sudanese should quickly adopt peace it entirety, amend our constitution and make our elections, elect our leaders who will not divide our people and our country. And our country and our people would on the path to progress. Everybody knows, development and insecurity don’t go together. Investors don’t like uncertainties, it the way it always is and will always be. With peace in our country, even our South Sudan army will help in building our country’s infrastructures>>>

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                  • 14 June 2019 05:21, by Pakuai

                    And education is a key to unlock our country’s potentials. Our kids must all be in school and even adult who would be having time to learn should also be encouraged. With peace and and infrastructures in place in our country, then investors from around the world would want to do trade and business with South Sudan and the South Sudanese people.

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  • 14 June 2019 07:43, by Chiir

    legu cituok gatma? Why were you relieved? Cie jin kual yiou kejenub dial?
    This is a good lesson for you, Mr. Lul. Once in a public position, don’t treat it as though it entirely belongs to you, and you can use that power whichever way you want it.
    It is also a lesson the general public and the government of this place that people without qualifications should never be given what they can’t do!

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  • 14 June 2019 07:48, by Chiir

    ...ministry of petroleum was too big for Lul and in fact, it will continue to be big for any pin-headed individuals who have no background in oil & gas industry. You cannot pull someone from a community college and make him the ministry. It is a damn disgrace!

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    • 14 June 2019 10:06, by Anthony

      I’m very surprised that the nuer are happy that a fellow nuer was fired from his position. The nuer are usually disgustingly tribalistic and would never judge a fellow nuer even if he is evil, but they will judge other tribes. Its good to see the nuer are becoming less savage and a little more civilized.

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  • 14 June 2019 22:12, by Anthony

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this nuer goes to the bush and starts his own rebel group and also raid for cattle because out of anger for losing his job and oil money. Nuer are prome to lash out like children when their feelings are hurr.

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