South Sudan: President Salva Kiir Sacks Interior Minister and a Caretaker Governor!
April 14, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The incumbent President of the war-torn South Sudan, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, relieves his Minister of Interior, Aleu Ayieny Aleu, and the caretaker governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, Kuel Aguer Kuel.
Read on the state owned television, President Salva Kiir confirms the sacking of Norther Bhar el Ghazal State, Kuel Aguer Kuel, and replaces him with his deputy Governor, Salva Chol Ayat.
“This decree shall be cited as the Republican Decree number 26, 2015 for the relieve of the Caretaker Governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, 2015AD, and shall come to force on the day of its signature by the president of the Republic” Part of the decree reads.
Governor Kuel came into power after Gen. Paul Malong Awan moved to take over the army (SPLA-Juba) in April 2014, displacing the former Chief of General Staff, James Hoth Mai.
According to observers from the state, the caretaker governor introduced policies aimed to fight corruption in the state, a move that drew a “redline” between him and his former boss, Gen. Malong.
Gen. Malong, who retained the SPLM Chairmanship in Norther Bahr el Ghazal state, used his SPLM leadership to sack many state employees for receiving the caretaker governor in late January this year.
Among those who lost their jobs by January 27 are the state secretariat Yel Yel Aleu, head of the workers and protocol Aguer Wol Aguer, security guard Baak Chan Kuol, and generator operator Dau Deng Tong.
The power struggle between the caretaker governor and supporters of Gen. Malong reached its climax towards the end of January, 2015, when Gen. Malong reinstated MPs that were sacked by the caretaker governor on allegations of corruption.
After Gen. Malong removed the Caretaker Governor from the SPLM party, the reinstated MPs stepped in with a bill that eventually impeached the Caretaker Governor from the state leadership.
The struggle involved arrests of Journalists and supporters of Mr. Kuel, which forced the Caretaker Governor to flee the state to Juba where he attempted to seek help from President Salva Kiir who appointed him.
To his disappointment, recently aired on radio, the Caretaker governor found that all means to access the president were blocked; something that he blames on Gen. Malong and the office of the president. Mr. Kuel remains in Juba.
The Second Sacking of the Minister of Interior.
For reasons that are hardly cited, the Minister of Interior and Wildlife Conversation, Aleu Ayieny Aleu, a Marxist South Sudanese politician, who suffered a Presidential Decree in 2007-2008, is yet a victim of another Republican Decree.
In 2008, while some analysts concluded that he was sacked for questioning the death of SPLM/SPLA founder, Dr. John Garang de Mabior, as he stated in his article, others concluded that Mr. Ayieny was outwitted by his rivals within the SPLM party.
Along with his colleague, Telar Ring Deng, Mr. Ayieny renegotiated themselves back to power, however, before they succeeded in 2011, Aleu warned his rivals in a letter addressed to SG Pagan Amum — Dear Cde Pagan Amoum Okiech by Aleu Ayieny Aleu — that their days are numbered.
“My dear Bolsheviks, you have won your first battle with the assistance of the unsuspecting Chairman of the SPLM whom I belief is not immune to your conspiracies. You may not be lucky in your plan “B” other wise I have a strong premonition that your days are numbered” Aleu warns.
Cde Aleu and SG Pagan, among others, were sent to Communists’ schools in Cuba and Caribbean in South America by Dr. John Garang in late 1980s to further their skills but upon their return the politicians found themselves in various camps behind Dr. John Garang, Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar.
Mr. Telar and Aleu, following subsequent criticisms of the President and his Secretary General, lobbied to influential positions in Salva Kiir’s government.
While Hon.Telar was appointed to lead the Ministry of Justice in August 2013, Hon. Aleu was appointed to Interior and Wild Conservation.
On August 13, 2013 the National Assembly voted by majority against Telar’s nomination, which forced President Salva Kiir to recall him to legal advisory role which he served until he was removed and sent to Russia as an ambassador in Mid October 2014.
Despite his earlier bitterness against SG Pagan for his 2007-2008 humiliation, the Minister of Interior declined to testify as a Prosecutor witness against the last four political detainees, which included Pagan Amum, in the first quarter of 2014, something that could cost him his job under President Salva Kiir as Museveni recommended.
While some observers believe that the expulsion of Mr. Ayeiny (and Telar) could relate to deteriorating relations with TROIKA, as the Ministry of Interior restricted visa entry for U.S, UK and Norway diplomats, others believe that it is an attempt to attract the former political detainees, and rivals of the outgoing politicians, back to Juba.