President Kiir fires Petroleum Minister and Jonglei governor

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JUBA, South Sudan

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has sacked the minister of petroleum and the governor of Jonglei State Hon. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth and Hon.Philip Aguer Panyang through republican decrees issued on Wednesday night.

However, the Head of State didn’t give any considerable reason for their dismissal but cited his constitutional powers to appoint and remove public servants.

Hon. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth was appointed in 2016 and will be replaced by Mr. Daniel Awou Chuong while Hon.Philip Aguer Panyang who was also appointed in 2016 will be replaced by Maker Thiong.

Both Aguer and Lol have not been given new assignments.