In an unanticipated political move, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has conducted a significant reshuffle within his cabinet, reshaping the nation's political landscape. The changes, announced on state-owned television, SSBC, saw the dismissal of two ministers and the governor of Warrap State, in the north of the country.
The reshuffle's casualties include Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Kuol Athian, the Minister of Trade. The state governor of Warrap, Manhiem Bol Malek, was also relieved of his duties. The president did not provide any explicit reasons for these dismissals, leaving speculation about the underlying motives for these changes.
Alongside the high-profile dismissals, the President announced the appointment of new officials to key positions. Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro, who previously held the position of Public Service Minister, has been appointed as the new Minister for Presidential Affairs. In addition, Dak Duop Bichiok has assumed the role of the new Minister of Public Service and Human Resource Development, and Kuol Muor Muor has been appointed as the new governor of Warrap State.
Unsettled Political Landscape
This significant cabinet reshuffle follows a series of high-profile sackings targeting several security officials, including the police chief, amid unconfirmed rumors of a coup attempt. With these changes, the political landscape in South Sudan is increasingly dynamic and turbulent, reflecting possible internal strife within the government's ranks. The implications of these changes and the path forward for South Sudan remains to be seen as the nation navigates through these political waves.