Congratulations Awut and Nunu
By Anna Nimiriano
I would like to congratulate Awut Deng Acuil and Jemma Nunu Kumba for their new appointments and long serving in the Ministerial positions. These appointments have not just come like that; it is because of the good work that they have done since the time of liberation of this country. These are the women who took lead in top positions for many years in the national government. Awut was appointed as Minister of Labor and Public Service from 2009-2011. From 2016 up to this month she was the Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare. On 19th of August, 2019 she got appointed as the first Minister of Foreign Affairs in the history of South Sudan.
I knew Nunu in Khartoum when she was invited by late Alfred Taban to present a paper in one of the workshops organized by Khartoum Monitor at the newspaper’s premises, (Khartoum Monitor) before South Sudan became independent. In 2008, she was appointed Governor of Western Equatoria State; she was the first woman governor after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005. On 10 July 2011, she was appointed Minister of Housing and Fiscal Planning in the government of South Sudan. On 3rd August 2013, she was appointed the Minister of Electricity, Dams, Irrigation and Water Resources. These are few among other positions she held during those years until today.
Deng and Nunu have made history in this country and deserve to be recognized. There are some capable women in Sudan people’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), but the above mentioned two SPLM leaders didn’t disappoint President Salva Kiir since South Sudan got its independence in July 2011. Some people were given positions in the National government, but they left and went to the bush which caused a lot of instability in the country. Deng and Nunu have done well in women representation in SPLM.
We need many women to follow their foot steps as female leaders in the government and other institutions. Their profiles should be compiled, so that the coming generations know who were the great women during those years.
It is important to list their names plus the positions they held in the country. And appreciate them for what they have done for this country. It has not been easy to operate during the conflict, but they managed to serve this country. Not forgetting President Kiir for the trust he has given to these women. May God give them good health so that they serve this country in peace.