Sunday December 10, 2017

6 Nuer lawyers dismissed. Rebecca Garang relieved in a presidential decree

Bith Jonathan


JUBA – The president of South Sudan, Gen Salva Kiir Mayardiit issued a presidential order on Tuesday to remove 7 legal counsels in the Ministry of Justice, for not practically being in their profession to serve the ministry. 

The dismissal announced on the government owned South Sudan Television targeted prosecutors and assistance legal counsellors whom majority of them went to the neighbouring countries for protection, after running for their lives in the December ethnic bloodshed. Some legal counsels relieved on the Tuesday presidential decree however, are stranded at UNMISS camp of Tongpiny and elsewhere. 

According to the presidential statement extended to the Upper Nile Times, the legal counsellors have no reason to be on government payroll when they are no longer in their respective practices. The statement alleged that their removal is warranted since “they are either in the country internally displaced or have joined the rebellion of Dr Riek Machar”, partially reads the statement.

Also relieved is the wife of the former chairman and founder of SPLM/A, Madam Rebecca Nyandeng Garang. Rebecca after the conflict in Juba in December went on exile to Kenya. She fall out with Kiir and often criticises the president of being dictatorial and not having any plans to end the turmoil.

Her relieve was a well expected one since her stance of making the government responsible for the December massacre and the start of the 8 months civil war made her an enemy among the leading elites and Salva Kiir backers.

Nyandeng was briefly put on house arrest in December for her alleged role in a December 6 press conference of opponents of Salva Kiir policies, which the government termed as the root cause of the crisis. Kiir however didn’t want to arrest her saying “he respect John Garang and that he can’t put his wife behind bars”. Nyandeng served a ceremonial role as a presidential adviser on Gender and Human rights issues.

The relieved legal experts include:

1. Kuajien Lual Wichtuor

2. Abraham Gatkuoth Nyuot
3. Gai Kuok Dak
4. Bet Galuak Juor
5. Peter Gatkuoth Khor
6. Simon Ruot Mar
7. Paul Obang Gore

The Upper Nile Times

Bith Jonathan

Bith Jonathan is an award-winning journalist and columnist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass media and journalism from the prestigious kenyan school of mass media.

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