South Sudan

President Kiir Sacks Foreign Affairs Minister

The South Sudan President, this Salva Kiir has sacked the country’s Foreign Affairs and International Corporation minister, about it Barnaba Benjamin Marial.

Kiir issued a presidential decree aired on the national broadcaster SSTV last evening, check kicking out his longtime ally from the position he has held before the internal conflict that rocked the young nation since December 2013.

There were no immediate reasons given for the sacking of Barnaba who has been on the defensive at the International stage on the face of many accusations against the country.

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Civilians including women and children in South Sudan suffered the worst wrath of the armed struggle between the national army SPLA and the rebels of Dr. Riek Machar.

The minister has however been involved in two major scandals and there were some calls for his voluntary resignation.

A letter he signed not long ago sent to the United Nations emerged recently indicating that he branded the people of disputed Abyei region as non South Sudanese, and consequently belonging to Sudan (Khartoum).

The Former Detainees group which is a small party to the peace agreement signed in August last year had proposed the name of former Juba University academia Luka Biong to be appointed the Foreign Affairs Minister in the Transitional Government of National Unity.

Barnaba’s reportedly mentioned Biong as a non citizen and therefore not fit to serve as a minister in South Sudan.

Abyei is an oil-rich region claimed by both Juba and Khartoum and has severally caused tension between the two nations.

Biong however comes from the Ngok Dinka ethnicity who overwhelmingly voted to be part of South Sudan.

Barnaba was also recently named in a dubious deal in which $560,000 was withdrawn from government accounts, reportedly on his orders.

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