May 22, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Latest reports from three states of South Sudan indicate that more than five government officials have been killed within the last three days.
According to reports from Nyal administrative headquarters, and Rumbek North county, the two government commissioners of the neighboring states, together with other government officials, have been killed in an ambush following the latest battles in Payinjiar county.
Rumbek north county commissioner, Mr.Abraham Maloth and Lakes state governor’s advisor on peace and reconciliation, Ms.Apoth Dominic, were instantly killed in an ambush at the border of the two counties on Thursday evening as the government troops lost battles of control in Payinjiar to local youth and armed opposition; the Inspector of Police in Lakes State confirms.
According to the residents of Rumbek North county, the deadly ambush is blamed on forces of SPLA-IO under the overall commander of Maj. Gen. Khamis Abdellatif, the former director of National TV and radio.
Gen. Khamis, who hails from Lakes state, joined the revolution after falling out with Salva Kiir’s leadership and government officials including Michael Makuei Lueth, the government spokesman who overruled his duties in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
In Central Equatoria, Mr.John Cleopas, the acting Mundari West County commissioner who served as an executive director of the county, among others, has been killed this morning in a fight that was instigated by a defection to SPLA-IO in Mundari West County.
In Upper Nile state, Meluth County Commissioner and his counterpart, Peter Hoth Tuach, the state Minister of information have gone missing after the latest fierce battles in the county.
In other reports anti-government forces claim to have captured Guelguk and Mangok south of Paloch oilfields, a report that has pushed Chinese government to withdraw over 400 oilfields workers in Paloch.
According to the CCTV reports, more Chinese oilfields workers are expected to be withdrawn within the next few days.
With the ongoing battles around the oilfields, South Sudan’s oil production has drastically dropped by over 75%.
Despite the withdrawal of oilfields workers, the Minister of Petroleum, Stephen Dhieu Dau, believes that South Sudan’s oil production has dropped by only 3000 barrels per day due to technical reasons.
“As you may be aware, there was a security incident recently in some areas around block three and seven, which is located in Melut county, upper Nile state,” Dau told a news conference.
“As of today, the oil production figure is 165,000 barrels per day. You will observe that before we were producing 168,000 sometimes 169,000, but for another technical reason not because of security it has reduced by 3000,” he said.
Coupled with the drop of oil prices in the international market, South Sudan faces high inflation and depreciation of its currency, the South Sudanese Pound.