Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Talks underway for new S Sudan govt

26 July 2013, 13:43

Juba - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on Thursday held consultations with a view to setting up a new government, two days after firing his entire cabinet, a government official said.

"The president wants to have time to consult before coming out with the government," Mayen Makol, spokesperson at the foreign affairs ministry, told AFP.

He declined to say how long the consultations would last.

"It could be three days, four days, a week," he said, adding that in the meantime ministries are being run by senior civil servants.

In a series of decrees signed on Tuesday evening Kiir sacked his 28 ministers and their deputies as well as 17 police brigadiers and he announced his next government would consist of only 19 ministries.

A joint statement on Thursday from the African Union, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Britain and the United States urged all parties in South Sudan "to take all measures necessary to maintain calm and prevent violence".

On Thursday the South Sudanese capital Juba, where security was beefed up following Tuesday's decrees, was calm.

The diplomats further called on South Sudan's leaders "to expedite the formation of a new cabinet".

"We encourage South Sudan to do so in a manner that reflects the diversity of the South Sudanese people," the statement said.

"It is critical that South Sudan stay true to the vision it laid out for itself two years ago at its independence. That vision can only be realized through sustained commitment to democracy and good governance, justice and accountability, and respect for rule of law and the human rights of all of South Sudan's people," it went on.


Among those fired was Kiir's deputy and major political rival Riek Machar.

Another of Kiir's political rivals, Pagan Amum, secretary general of the ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement, was suspended and is being investigated for "mismanagement" and "insubordination". He was banned late on Thursday from leaving Juba during the inquiry or speaking to the media, an official statement read on national television said.

Many of the ministers were key figures in the rebel SPLM or its armed wing that fought a brutal 1983-2005 war against the government of Sudan, which led to a 2011 referendum in which South Sudan voted overwhelmingly to split from the north.

Fired vice president Machar, of the Dok Nuer people from the key oil producing Unity state, is a controversial figure but commands loyalty among many branches of the Nuer, who form an integral part of the foot soldiers of the new nation's ex-rebel army.

He has made no secret of his desire to challenge Kiir for the presidency in elections due in 2015.

However, he fought on both sides of the civil war, leading a splinter SPLM faction that sided with the Sudanese government, battling troops commanded by Kiir, who comes from the Dinka people.

Machar's troops are accused of a brutal massacre in the ethnic Dinka town of Bor in 1991.

"This latest move is part of an ongoing struggle in the highest levels of South Sudan's political leadership," said Akshaya Kumar of the US-based Enough Project, which campaigns for peace in the Sudans.

However, Charles Manyang, foreign affairs undersecretary and now temporarily in charge of the ministry, told reporters the sackings were a "legitimate exercise" of power by Kiir.

Last month, Machar led talks with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir to ease tensions after his government threatened to halt South Sudanese oil flows transported through Sudan, worth billions of dollars to both impoverished neighbours.

Amum was the top negotiator with Sudan at long-running African Union-mediated talks over a raft of issues left unresolved at independence, including border demarcation and oil exports.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
EACC officers raid Deputy Governo...

EACC officers raided the home of a Deputy Governor as theft case continues in court. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
New IEBC bosses to be named Novem...

New IEBC bosses will be named on November 30. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
DP Ruto has spoilt my name, activ...

DP William Ruto has spoilt my name, activist complains. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Apologise for attack on Auditor G...

Apologise for attack on Auditor General, President Uhuru Kenyatta is told by Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong'o. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Quit if you can't fight corruptio...

An MP has told President Uhuru Kenyatta to quit office if he cannot fight corruption. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Investigate Uhuru, Ruto for corru...

Investigate President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto's offices over corruption, CORD leader Raila Odinga has said. Read more...