South Sudan president, Salva Kiir, has sacked four state governors and appointed new ones in their positions.
In a decree quoted by Talk of Juba, Kiir sacked governors: Wani Konga (Central Equatoria), Nyandeng Malek (Warrap state), Joseph Bakasoro (western Equatoria) and Simon Kun Puoch (Upper Nile).
The decrees read over South Sudan Television SSTV Sunday evening, Salva Chol Ayat, the acting caretaker governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal was also replaced.
The president then appointed Juma Hanu as governor for Central Equatoria, Patrick Dominic for Western Equatoria, Colonel Akech Tong for Warrap state, Lt General Chol Thon for Upper Nile state and Major General Akot Deng – Northern Bahr el Ghazal.
Acting governor of Northern Bhar el Ghazal Salva Chol to assume duties as deputy governor.
According to Upper Nile Times, Nyandeng Malek Delic, former Governor of Warrap State, was the only female Governor in the Republic of South Sudan.
She has been advocating for more women to have positions of power in South Sudan.
When the conflict between Sudan and South Sudan ended in 2005, the Interim Constitution enshrined equal rights for men and women.
To help make this a reality, the government of South Sudan established a Ministry of Gender, Social Welfare and Religious Affairs.
The Interim Constitution also provided for a minimum of 25 per cent of political seats across all levels of government to be reserved for women.
At the start of August, a member of the Warrap state legislature, General (ret.) Bona Bhang Dhol, told Radio Tamazuj, Governor Nyandeng Malek would be sacked after renewed complaints about her leadership from youth leaders in the state.
The citizens expressed their concerns over the governor’s leadership, citing corruption, incompetence, and poor service delivery.
A group of Warrap youth had threatened to remove Nyandeng from office themselves following months of discontent with her tenure.