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South Sudan oil boss, minister sacked


Obongo the Finance minister of Jonglei


The caretaker Governor of Jonglei State has fired his State Minister of Finance over allegations of corruption.

Dhanojak Obongo was fired Tuesday evening in a decree.

Obongo is alleged to have diverted 300,000 SSP meant for maintenance of government vehicles from the Ministry’s accounts.

The move comes after an investigative committee presented a report of an earlier incident to the governor.

The former Minister was involved in a scandal over misuse of funds allocated to Pibor County.

It is not clear whether he has been fired for embezzling Pibor or the maintenance funds.

Oil boss fired

In another development, President Salva Kiir removed the managing director of Nilepet and replaced him with Joseph Cleto Deng, who was Kiir’s office manager at the ruling party SPLM and hails from the president’s home state.

The outgoing director Paul Adong has been moved away to the headquarters of the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining without new assignment.

No official explanation has been given for Adong’s dismissal and commentators offered conflicting explanations.

According to Radio Tamazuj, the change was related to Nilepet’s management of letter of credit policy for petrol stations.

Some critics of the move are attributing Adong’s removal to tribal reasons, saying that too many public offices are dominated by people from Warrap, Kiir’s home state.

Several recent senior police appointees also hail from Warrap State.

Recently appointed officials from Warrap include the former minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Lual Acuil, who is now the head of the telecommunications authority, General Henry Kuany Director General of prisons, General Gregory Akec, commissioner general  for  fire brigade and Joseph Cleto Deng Kuel himself.

Mundri insecurity

Meanwhile, the National Assembly has summoned the ministers of Defence and Interior and Western Equatoria State Governor Joseph Bakasoro over insecurity in ‪‎Mundri West County.

According to SPLA spokesperson Col Philip Aguer, the death toll in the county has now risen to 18.

Aguer also added that the situation is now calm.

Violence broke out last week when two soldiers from the SPLA Logistics Corps on their way to Rumbek were killed and one seriously wounded while they had parked their truck at a junction for an overnight stopover.

The Commissioner of Mundri West, Hassan Bhakit and the County Executive Director, John Keliopa, escorted by the police, went to the scene of the killings, but were also ambushed and the Executive Director, was shot dead by the assailants.


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