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South Sudan’s Machar to resume work on Monday after COVID-19 recovery


June 6, 2020 (JUAB) - South Sudan’s First Vice President Riek Machar and Defence Minister Angelina Teny will return to his office on Monday 8 June, according to a statement issued in Juba on Saturday.

Riek Machar (AFP file photo)Machar and his wife Teny had been in self-isolation at their home after announcing he had tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday 18 May.

They "have both been discharged today as having fully recovered from the coronavirus," said James Dak, the head of First Vice President Office’s Press Unit, in a statement released on Saturday.

The First Vice-President and the Defence Minister have been tested negative for the second time on Saturday.

"The two leaders are therefore expected to resume their daily active public offices duties anytime soon, hopefully by Monday, 8 June 2020," stressed Dak.

Vice-Presidents Hussein Abdelbagi and James Wani have both tested positive for coronavirus, the same for the Information Minister Michael Makuei.

As of Saturday, South Sudan reported 1,317 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with six recoveries and 14 deaths.


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  • 6 June 23:16, by Mayendit

    I am very sorry that, the good people like John Luk Joak did not make it to recovery while the evils people made it back. Machar Teny have letting innocent Nuers people, Dinka people and the rest of South Sudanese people have had lost their lives because of Riek Machar’s rebellion. Riek Machar is not a human being by character, he doesn’t care about Nuers and others citizens but we works to make s

    • 7 June 20:10, by Gorjang Gany

      Mr Mayardit, You can follow your friend Luke joak if you want him to recover.

    • 8 June 06:51, by Midit Mitot

      Quick recovery FVP and Defend Minister.

  • 6 June 23:29, by Mayendit

    We will works to make sure he goes to hell this is the man who can’t make apology for what he has done. He is only a politician who have been reinstated three times in vice President and that he is interested for money and poor leadership. Even though you made it back still the vast majority of South Sudanese people are wishing you to visit headquarters of William Nyuon Bany and other William Deng

  • 7 June 09:17, by Nueri Dial

    Welcome back icon and man of his nation! Every good citizen was wishing the two of you a quick recovery and God heard their prayer as quick as the needs for your services. Let every evil people whom were wishing you dead hung themselves

    • 7 June 19:27, by Khent

      Nueri Dial

      "Man of his Nation"? How is a *traitor* an "icon" or a hero? He nearly destroyed the movement when he became a slave of Khartoum and gave them the oilfields; Khartoum was then able to purchase billions of dollars of advanced and devastating military equipment. Well, that’s just a very redacted summary of what I think of him. Provide your reasons for supporting him.

      • 8 June 07:44, by Nueri Dial

        Very good question. 1. He has pioneer Independence of South Sudan which you are now enjoying. 2. He has introduced Federalism which all South Sudanese and backing it up now. 3. He created 10 state which you are now enjoying. 4. He proposed 21 state and soon SS will take up this proposal. He is not an icon in your eyes b/se he is not a Dinka and you are not well informed.

        • 8 June 10:21, by Khent

          Nueri Dial

          You [like all of Riek’s supporters] have no understanding of history and instead resign yourselves to believing in fairy-tales. Why don’t you outline exactly just how Riek gave South Sudan its independence. I want a step by step process. I want you to be able to demonstrate how Riek becoming a slave of Khartoum gave South Sudan its independence

  • 7 June 20:21, by Angelo Achuil

    In South Sudan where there’s painfully little public service happening and then I keep hearing that ours "leaders are "going g to work" I don’t get it. I wonder what "going to work" really means for all our cabinet.

  • 7 June 20:26, by Angelo Achuil

    When do we get to evaluate the performance of our leaders from the president all the way down to Boma administrators?

  • 8 June 09:23, by Kenyang ll

    The coward never had one in the first place. But the whole show illustrates how much power-hungry Riek Machar love power. Go and hug your brother Kiir in hiding.

  • 8 June 10:29, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    Good news indeed! We need peace implementation

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