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Kiir fires 14 officials in Jonglei and Unity States

Author: Charles Wote | Published: Wednesday, January 4, 2023

President Salva Kiir - Credit: Office of the President - Sept. 21 2022

Jonglei and Unity States have experienced a wave of dismissals as 14 officials were sacked by President Salva Kiir on Tuesday 3rd January 2023.

Kiir has revoked the appointment of Amer Ateny Alier as the Speaker of the Jonglei State Legislative Assembly.

Amer was appointed by President Kiir in November 2021 as the State Speaker in Jonglei under the SPLM-IO ticket.

In a republican decree read on the state-run SSBC Tuesday evening, Kiir did not name the immediate replacement of Amer.

In a separate decree, President Salva Kiir also removed and appointed State Ministers, County Commissioners, and members of Independent Commissions for Jonglei and Unity State governments respectively.

The reasons for the changes were not mentioned in the decree.

Jonglei State

In a mini reshuffle, President Salva Kiir last evening relieved John Chatim as the Commissioner of Duk County and replaced him with Peter Latjor Chuol.

He also removed Yuot Alier as the Commissioner of Bor County and replaced him with James Tuor Kur.

Unity State Mini reshuffles

In a separate decree announced on the State-run SSBC, President Salva Kiir also removed Tabuom Jany Rial as Unity State Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and replaced him with Mathiang Dak Chol.

David Gai Jiejor was however removed from his position as the State Minister of Culture Youth and Sport and replaced with John Yien Kuol.

Kiir also relieved Gabriel Kon Makuany as the State Minister of Information and Communication and replaced him with David Gai Jiejor.

Lam Moses was also removed from the position of the State Minister of Health and replaced with Kai Riek.

Angelina Thomas Gatchol was appointed as the Minister of Cooperatives and Rural Development.


Rarka Machar was removed as the State Chairperson for Human Rights Commission and replaced with Gatiek Both Chiengjok.

David Bapiny Ruot and Kuijang Kuol Gew were removed as Members of the Human Rights Commission and replaced with Samuel Maping Gatluak and David Machot Gaduot respectively.

Soul Jal Bab was removed as a member of the Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation and replaced with Suleiman Ber Rika.

Others include, Peltek Geng was removed as a member of the Employee Justice Chamber and replaced with Biel Mut.

County Commissioner

John Bol Mayak was appointed as the County Commissioner of Mayom replacing James Chuol Gatluak Manime who was killed in July last year.

Unity State Legislative Assembly

In a separate decree, President Kiir also revoked the appointment of Hon. John Yien Kuol and Hon. Duer Khor Kuoth of SPLM-ITGoNU members of Unity State Legislative Assembly.

Kiir further appointed Hon. John Gatluak Dhuor and Hon. Thor Jal Bab from SPLM-ITGoNU is the new member of Parliament to the Unity State Legislative Assembly.

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