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Government reshuffle in Lakes brings two spy men into power

By Manyang Mayom

March 22, 2010 (RUMBEK) – Five new county commissioners were appointed in Lakes state by presidential decree of the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS). Two of the appointees have served in special security branches.

In the new decree No. 32/3/2010, President Salva Kiir Mayardit relieved five commissioners, two state advisors and the state finance minister. He was acting on the recommendation of the caretaker governor to relieve the officials.

Dut Makoi Kuok, the appointee for commissioner of Rumbek Central County, served in the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) based in Khartoum. David Marial Gumke, the new commissioner of Rumbek East County, served in Salva Kiir’s special military bodyguard.

The two powerful spy men will administer counties that last month were the battlefield between armed civilians and Sudan People’s Liberation Army soldiers.

The state finance minister is also relieved and nobody has been named yet to replace him.

Those commissioners appointed and relieved are:

1. David Marial Gumke, appointed commissioner of Rumbek East County replacing Mabor Mayen Wol.

2. Diardit Bol Dak, appointed commissioner of Yirol West County replacing Agok Manyiel Dhieu.

3. Athian Majak, appointed commissioner of Yirol East County replacing Mabor Achol Kuer.

4. Dut Makoi Kuok, appointed commissioner of Rumbek Central County replacing Abraham Makoi Bol Kodi.

5. Madhang Majok, appointed commissioner of Cueibet County replacing Kongor Deng Kongor.

Changes in top cabinet posts:

1. Matur Makuer Gol, economic advisor, is relieved and replaced by Mabor Mayen Wol.

2. Maciek Akucpir, security advisor, is relieved and his position is now vacant.

3. Matot Tut, Finance Minister, is relieved and his position is now vacant.

Agok Manyiel Dhieu, the outgoing Yirol West commissioner, reacted positively to his removal saying "I feel very happy indeed – I will still serve this county as SPLM chairperson and actually this relief gives me full time for the campaign." He said that he had worked for the government of Lakes for three years intensively without relaxing.