Sunday December 10, 2017

President Kiir Left the Country Amid No Acting President, officials say

Bith Jonathan


JUBA – South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit left the country on Friday May 15, 2015, as South Sudan rebels under Dr. Riek Machar Teny and their allies advanced to Malakal, the capital city of the Upper Nile State, seized the city’s airport before the rebels fully control the entire city on Saturday.

A reliable source from Juba, spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussion, disclosed it to the Upper Nile Times that Juba City has no Acting President. This is very risky and I don’t know how the president thinks about leaving the country for Angola while the Vice President James Wani Iga is in Lebanon, he said.

The President Kiir’s flight came after SPLA – IO and Johnson Olony loyalists advanced against SPLA’s allies under Salva Kiir Mayardit on multiple fronts around Malakal. Military officials said militias and military units loyal to Gen Salva Kiir had “fragmented,” speeding the rebel advance. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

The takeover of Malakal, the country’s economic hub, would mark the collapse of what is left of President Kiir’s grip on power.

Of course there is no problem going on right now between the leadership in charge. But, fear is developing around hosting of the President as things are getting worse in Juba. The economic downturn is changing the whole situation and might spark animosity within this span.

The Vice President James Wani Iga was asked to come back to the country but refused saying his both could not leave the country at this particular stage when the country is actually facing this political upheaval, particularly, in the Upper Nile State.

It was also alleged that, James Wani Iga is fearing the emerged of Chief of Staff Gen Paul Malong Awan, who self-imposed himself in everything including being the President in charge when Kiir left the country, an information confirmed by one of the government officials who prepare not to be disclosed. Chief of Staff Paul Malong Awan is roaming the streets of Juba with armed security and nobody knows the circumstance that transpires.

When contacted the office of the Vice President to verify the credibility of the information, his contact could not go through.

The violence that fitted Salva Kiir regime and his former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, and displaced 1.9 million people to neighboring countries.


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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