The South Sudan government has recalled its Ambassador to Uganda Samuel Luate Lominsuk, and also written to six other heads of its diplomatic missions across the world, asking them to report to the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The June 14, 2017 letter carries the signature of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Deng Alor Kuol.
“The esteemed Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation would like to inform you that the above-cited decision has been taken by the leadership of the ministry, you are therefore to avail yourselves within 60 days to expedite the process of handing over to the most senior diplomats,” read the letter.
The letter was addressed to South Sudanese ambassadors to seven countries including Uganda, the United Kingdom, Sudan, Germany, India, Egypt, and Eritrea.
The Spokesman of South Sudan’ Foreign Ministry, Mawien Makol, said that a recall was part of normal administrative measures, where a period since the diplomats were deployed to specific countries has elapsed.
“This is a normal recall. It is part of the routine changes when the period of deployment has elapsed,” Mawien said.
But the South Sudanese diplomats contest the decision pointing they cannot return before being paid their salaries and the needed money to pay the rent of their apartments.