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President Kiir appoints South Sudan unity government


President Salva Kiir signs the Declaration of Agreement in Khartoum on 27 June 2018 (Photo Kamal Omer)
March 13, 2020 (JUBA) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has finally announced on Thursday the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGONU) including the appointment of a female defence minister for the first time in the country.

President Kiir on 22 February appointed his first vice-president and four other vice-presidents establishing a sort of collective leadership with clear attributions to everyone as provided in the revitalized peace pact.

However, discussions to form the cabinet took more time, as the peace partners of the SPLM-IO and the SSOA complained that the president and his entourage wanted to keep the most important ministries for them.

However, the list of the new cabinet included Angelina Teny as the minister of defence and placed in the third rank after the Cabinet Affairs Minister Martin Elia Lomoro who maintains his position and the new foreign minister Beatrice Khamis a Wani.

According to the peace agreement, the participation of women should be at 35% in the executive. The SPLM-IG has to appoint six women, the SPLM-IO three at least and the SSOA one women. The latter gave the Ministry of Agriculture Josephine Lagu.

Kiir who has to appoint 20 ministers of the 35 cabinet members appointed Paul Mayom as the Interior Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth as the Information Minister, Garang Mabiordit as the Finance and Planning Minister and Ruben Madol Arol as the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister.

Puot Kang Chol is the Minister of Petroleum after representing the SPLM-IO rebel group at the National Pre-transitional Committee (NPTC), which is charged with implementing the peace agreement.

Another young minister appointed by the SPLM-IO in the national unity government is Manawa Peter Gatkuoth who takes the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation. He served as the SPLM-IO Deputy Chairperson of the National Committee for Information and Public Relations.

For the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) Babgasi Joseph Bakasoro has been appointed Minister of Public Service and Human Resources Development, also Deny Jock Chagor has become the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology.

SSOA Secretary-General Lam Akol, in a statement issued on Thursday that the quota of the alliance initially included the ministries of Peace Building, Public Service and Human Resource Development and the Deputy Minister in Interior.

He added that they were not informed about the final ministerial positions of the SSOA.


Below is the full list of the national unity government.

R-TGONU Cabinet 12 March 2020

1. Hon. Martin Elia Lomoro, Cabinet affairs
2. Hon. Beatrice Khamis Wani, foreign affairs
3. Hon. Angelina Teny, defence
4. Hon. Michael Makuei, information
5. Hon. Madol Arol, Justice
6. Hon. Rizik Zakaria, Wild Life Conservation and Tourism
7. Hon. Puot Dak Kang, Petroleum
7. Hon. Paul Mayom, Interior
8. Hon. Stephen Par, PeaceBuilding
9. Hon. Garang Mabiordit, Finance
10 Hon. Awut Deng Chuil, General Education
11. Hon. Kuol Athian, Trade and Investment
12. Hon. Oboto Mamur, Security
13. Hon. Jimy Kumba, Parliamentary affairs
14. Hon. Stephen Lasuba, Federal Affairs
15. Hon. Manawa Peter, Water resources
16. Hon. Dhieu Mathok, Investment
17. James Hoth Mai, Labour
18 Hon. Mayen Majongdit, Humanitarian Affairs
19. Hon. Awut General, Education
20. Hon. Dang Chagor, Higher Education
21. Hon. Bokosoro, Public Service
22. Hon. Madut Biar, Transport
23. Hon. Majok Mijak, Roads and Bridges
24. Hon. Elizabeth Achuei, Health
25. Hon. Josephina Joseph Lago, Agriculture
26. Hon. John luke, East Africa Affair
27. Hon. Hener Udwar, Mining and industry
28. Hon. Manawa Peter, Water Resources and Irrigation
29. Hon. Peter Marcello, Energy and Dams
30. Hon. Nadia Arop Culture and heritage
31. Hon. Bol Dhieu Youth and Sports
32. Hon. Onyoti Adigo, Livestock and Animal
33. Hon. Josephine Napine Cosmas, Environment
34. Hon. Michael Chanjiek land housing
35. Hon. Aya Benjamin Warele, Gender and Child social development

Deputy Ministers:-

1. Hon. Deng Deng Akoon, cabinet
2. Hon. Deng Dau, Foreign Affair
3. Hon. Lily Albino, Agriculture
4. Hon. Malek Ruben, Defence and Veteran Affairs
5. Hon. Agok Makur, Finance and Planning
6. Hon. Mabior Garang De Mabior, Interior
7. Hon. Jesoph Malek Rok, Justice
8. Hon. Martin Kako, General Education
9. Hon. Khalid Butus, Public Service Human Resources
10. Hon. Baba Medan, Information

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  • 13 March 07:42, by conservative

    Now Dr woungkel work for the people of south Sudan instead of you still at least instead worrying about the power because next if you planning for coup you will be dead fish fry

    • 13 March 08:35, by Malakal county Simon


      Friendly advice to you, you need to change your language from today or you will be soon arrested for lack of respect towards FVP Dr Machar.. Got it foolish boy??

      • 13 March 09:55, by conservative

        Malakal county Simon

        SPLM Io is belong to nuers only that’s what we see now become a family movement and Dr woungkel he doesn’t see that or what and by the way we don’t need anymore coup I hope he learned his lesson last time

      • 13 March 17:23, by Paul

        Malakal County, you do not arrest people for bad-mouthing a leader. A leader should have a thick skin or else, he will be just another dictator or cry-baby whom feelings get hurt easily. Riek or Kiir is just another human like you! We got to stop such a mindset to move forward! gosh!

  • 13 March 07:57, by Joyuma John

    I did not realize any changes in this new cabinet, what had happened is absorbing of rebel into the government and allocation of positions to few families whom we know at expense of innocent citizen who were used to killed them for other people cake.

  • 13 March 08:05, by james john luka

    Where are those noise makers, who always claimed that there leaders are democrats? where is the democracy in the IO?

  • 13 March 08:06, by james john luka

    Where are those noise makers, who always claimed that there leaders are democrats? where is the democracy in IO?

  • 13 March 08:12, by james john luka

    Midit Mitot
    Where are you? Is that the revolution you were fighting for?

    • 13 March 08:36, by Malakal county Simon


      What’s bothering??

      • 13 March 09:03, by james john luka

        Conty Boy

        The nature of democracy!! Is that Nas type of democracy that you people have been advocating for?

      • 13 March 10:29, by james john luka

        Malakal County Simon
        Come on!! let’s talk, tell me is that democracy or Riekocray?

  • 13 March 09:55, by Tupac

    still no changes in the government. people lost their lives in the bush for nothing. i don’t see the names of freedom fighters, people who are capable of developing the country. i just see tribalistism, nepotism and corruption. is this the democracy SPLM-IO has been talking about.

  • 13 March 10:21, by King of Nyamlel

    For those who are branding SPLM-IO as a family entity; be informed that Hon. Angela is a national material. She is a wife to Dr Riek but politician. Keep your mouth out of her affairs.

    • 13 March 11:09, by South South

      Anyway, IO issues are IO issues. Angelina is a very dirty woman. She committed adultery before and Nuer guys know that. Where are those 3 Kurkoos from Equatoria? (Eastern, jubaone and the Rhino), they have been lying to us everyday that Riek will bring changes. Bari tribe is a very dirty tribe, beating other Equatrians in Juba because their tribe bishop resigned. Here is the link:https://radio

      • 13 March 22:46, by jubaone

        South South
        Jienge kaffir, I am not a fool to anticipate anything from this jienge-led coalition of losers. Dr. Riek (9 ministers) against a whole bunch of mediocre (20 ministers) with the same rotten people who could not even develop their luaks? Forget it. The only thing they should do is resettle all jienges and some nyagats back to their areas. Equatoria is best without them.

  • 13 March 11:56, by injuba

    A disaster waiting to happen. Greedy people, no real Qualifikation. Quo vadis, South Sudan.

  • 13 March 11:57, by injuba

    A disaster waiting to happen. Greedy people, no real Qualifikation. Quo vadis, South Sudan?

  • 13 March 13:37, by deng

    Angelina is capable to do the work given , don’t criticize her because she a wife to Riek, no brothers she strong woman.

    • 13 March 17:24, by Langbaar

      Okay fellows, what were all these aimless armed rebellions about? Positions, positions and positions were all about these nonsense. I pity the innocents South Sudanese who died fighting for Mr. Riek Machar and his gangs of low lives. But what else can you expect from them anyway? ’wana thin’ or join the melee without first weigh the consequences is how ’our Nuer ke nyantoc of old people’ do their own things>>>

      • 13 March 17:33, by Langbaar

        I only reenlisted into SPLA in 2014, purposely to help blast our ’Nuer ke nyantoc hooligans of their so-called Jesh Mabior (white army), who captured my hometown of Bor, named it their Ngundeng Buong magician city’. Otherwise, I would have just laid back and sit around like others. But the idea of these scums play around in home town was unbearable.>>>>

        • 13 March 17:40, by Langbaar

          For those keen South Sudanese, the only serious South Sudanese in that government of national unity are in from the government side. The ones who know how to their jobs done. Mr. Obote Mamur, Michael Makuei Lueth, Malek Reuben, Mr. Mayom Akech, Deng Dau Deng, Ms. Kumba and others. They will work very hard as usual to do what they are supposed to do for this country and her people>>>

          • 13 March 17:50, by Langbaar

            Garang Mabiordit is right on where he is. Ms. Awut Deng Acuil has come done a notch, but she should have been awarded more. Paul Malongdit is missing on that list. He knows how to get thing done. On our so-called opposition side, there we go.! Probably Dhieu Mathok is the serious boy who at least do his job properly and Mr. Onyati, will not disappoint the South Sudanese people and their ministries>>>

            • 13 March 18:27, by Langbaar

              But starting with Mr. Riek Machar and his own wife, Ajany. Mabior Rebecca Nyandeng, Madam Rebecca Nyandeng herself and bunch of their bunch of low lives, and their usual foreign puppets/stooges, traitors and thieves, it was all about position. What did Mr. Riek Machar, her wife, Rebecca Nyandeng and other who were behind the mess in thew country since 2005-2011 done to South Sudan? Absolutely nothing?>>>>

              • 13 March 18:33, by Langbaar

                The Ngok Dinka/Jiengs must try to ’take the keys of their oil resources drill in their villages’ And let our fools fight over what they have in their countries or villages again. Here in my home state of Jonglei, we would try to keep our ’Nuer ke nyantoc, their cowards so-called of ’Twic East traitors, thieves and foreign puppets/stooges’ out of our Bor town, as much as possible.>>>>

                • 13 March 18:38, by Langbaar

                  with their foreign masters, reasons; pure HATRED and RACISM. Our oil fields here in Jonglei would never be run by a Nuer of foreign puppet/stooge, we would look for a country on this earth who will come and build a refinery here in Jonglei. And we will sell our refined petroleum to other we would want to here in Africa.>>>>

                  • 13 March 19:03, by Langbaar

                    But with the US, the UK, their evil juus (so-called israelis) attack dogs, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their sleazy NGOs, their ’lackeys here in the IGAD and the AU’ and some of their creeps here in between like *their Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Nepalese, Sri Lankans, Abeshas (so-called ethiopians) prostitutes, some of their Bantuses, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan*>>>>

                    • 13 March 19:13, by Langbaar

                      who covet our country and our people to death fools. But the vermins are going to be bombed out of our country and over our people to *near extinction/oblivion* out of our country and our people once and for all fellows. Reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. There is a piece of trash, Angelo Acuil, who even called me to be "always ranting against his so-called so-called israelis">>>

                      • 13 March 19:30, by Langbaar

                        Mr. Angela Acuil, your evil juus (so-called israelis) are nothing to do with *Biblical israel loser*. In fact, they are our existential enemies loser. We are the Israelis piece of trash. The vermin ’thrive on our South Sudanese foolishness foo’.>>>>

                        • 13 March 19:34, by Langbaar

                          ’It is fool, but they simply ’re-sub-edit my current post’ and *made foo, to try to show that I don’t know English*. That is how these vermin have trying to playing most our foolish South Sudanese around the world all along. Mr. Angela Acuil, Catholicism is a dirty organization.>>>>

                          • 13 March 19:42, by Langbaar

                            I will you this little loser, *Rome, Washington, and London are burning* through their *Coronavirus intrigues or making piece of shit*, but the evils would want to try to handcuff their foolish Africans low lives into their *cheap and dirty intrigues* that every *country on earth has been afected by the so-called *Coronavirus*.>>>>

                            • 13 March 19:48, by Langbaar

                              Some of this low lives have been informed time and time again, to let us round up these vermin and bomb them, kill them and throw them into the Nile and be done with them. Because they are our the real enemies. But all they always do, is create problems, enemies and pray to them that they are the ’God’s chosen people’!?. Who says?>>>>

                              • 13 March 19:53, by Langbaar

                                Lowly informed ’South Sudanese fools’. There is nothing worst on this ’earth than to be illiterate and a fool’. I guess, Mr. Riek Machar and Salva Kiir would run to their foreign masters’ capitals for *free food since their governmnet of *national unity has been formed*. Good luck fellows.>>>>

                                • 13 March 20:00, by Langbaar

                                  *Abesh (so-called ethiopia), North Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Somalia and some of their creeps here in the region don’t have ’food to feed their damned fools*. They breed like pigs in those countries. But South Sudan is where the evils who covet our country and our people always *project their evil lenses into 24/7* in a hope that they can use our country>>>

                                  • 13 March 20:08, by Langbaar

                                    and our people like their then *DR Congo, Angola, Abesha (so-culled ethiopia), Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Central Africa republic (C.A.R), West African countries, Middle Eastern countries, Caribbeans, some of their Asian countries, South Americans countries, Eastern European countries and some of their creeps who love our country and our people fellows*>>>

                                    • 13 March 20:14, by Langbaar

                                      Pope Francis is was just a piece of trash lowly informed losers. He was just a piece of bullshit from Argentina, South America. He is dead. He even called *Mr. Salva Kiir and Mr. Riek Machar to Rome* to go and use them and his own *intrigue over our country and our people*. Watch out fellows, we are the *ancient Egyptian fools*>>>>

  • 13 March 17:46, by Kenyang ll

    John Garang once said ’no matter what the hyena put on, it remains the hyena.’ Here, you have same old rotten Kiir and Riek back to where they started. Let congratulate ourselves for dead father, brother, relatives to maintain Kiir & corrupt class in power or had achieved to to flip the coin and put Riek and family on top, whichever your position is.

  • 14 March 02:18, by Mayendit

    The Eastern Nuers communities must abandoned the so called Riek Machar Teny. Look the way he is appointed his wife Mrs. Angelina Nyajang Teny as a national Defense minister meanwhile, there are many men capable generals who can take that position. Is there’s anyone doubt about the intention of Riek Machar?. IO is become a family business.

    • 14 March 06:58, by Paul

      Now you will get the Eastern Nuer all jealous and before you know it, more innocent people dying and fleeing. Is that the intention of your message?

  • 14 March 05:05, by Angelo Achuil

    Until now, the agreement haven’t addresses why thousands were killed or what needs done to prevent the same looting and violence.
    Those appointed are celebrating coz they know they know will eat and what will happens to those aren’t benefiting in the villages? Unless we learn from our past about the oil money or any ill-gotten wealth from the poor, we are far from peace. But if we deliver service

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