South Sudan President Salva Kiir has, in an unexpected move, sacked two governors and replaced them with two other officials from two newly-created states.
Kiir, in a decree read on the state-owned media, sacked the Twic state governor, Bona Panek Biar and his Gogrial state counterpart, Abraham Gum.
In a separate decree, the South Sudanese leader appointed former Twic state finance minister, Kon Manyiel Kuol as the new state governor, replacing Biar, while in Gogrial, Gregory Deng Kuach Aduol, an in-law of the President, is the new governor. Aduol’s appointment has drawn mixed reactions from supporters and political allies.
“I’m celebrating the most wanted appointment of Gen. Gregory Vasili with the people of Gogrial state. Congratulations to H. E. The president of the Republic of S. Sudan Gen. Kiir for his wise decision to respond to the people’s thirty for change”, said Ariech Mayar Ariech, an ally of the new governor and close friend to president Kiir’s family.