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MINISTRY-Sinking deeper into deadlock

By William Madouk Garangand John Agok

Controversy at the Ministry of Health sunk deeper yesterday as the Central Bank of South Sudan responded to MinisterElizabeth Achuei‘s letter asking the replacement of suspended Undersecretary Signatory to the Ministry account.

An earlier letter addressed to the bank minister by Achuei, she warned all partnersto avoid dealing with the suspended undersecretary Dr. Victoria Anib Majuruntil further notice and instead channel all communication through the acting undersecretary Dr. Samson Paul Baba.

The minister also notified the Bank of South Sudan (BoSS) over Dr. Anib’s suspension, urging the bank authorities to endorse Dr. Baba’ s signature for all financial transactions.

In response to the letter seen by Juba Monitor, Central Bank wrote a letter to the Ministry of Finance to do so.

“In reference to the letter with REF; RSS/MOH/J/10/25 written by the minister of Health Hon.Elizabeth Achuei Yol regarding the suspension of the Undersecretary for Ministry of Health and the addition of Dr. Samson Paul Baba as a new signatory to the account.

I kindly request you to write directly to Ministry of Finance and Planning requesting for the change of signatory. The Ministry of Finance and Planning will in turn write to us for this change to be effective as per standard procedures”, the letter read.

In a separate letter, the Minister of Health, Elizabeth Achuei Yol issued a letter notifying partners about Anib’s dismissal status and advised them to only cooperate with the Acting Undersecretary. 

“This letter therefore, is to advise the implementing Health Partners including bilateral and multilateral partners to observe these temporary changes,and to request that all official communication from the partners to the Ministry of Health be channeled through the Acting Undersecretary until further notice,” read part of letter obtained by Juba Monitor. 

A fortnight ago the embattled, Dr. Victoria Anib appointed and reassigned several Directors at Juba Teaching Hospital to address the ‘Doctor’s mess’ as directed by Vice President AbdelbagiAkol.

The minister later cancelled all the reforms effected by Dr. Anib‘without prior consultation with the Minister.’

But Akollater nullified the minister’s order and warned her from blocking the reforms and told her that the reforms made should not be overturned.

Akol cited section 1.9.4 subsection 1.9.4.3 of the R-ARCISS which mandate president and any other of five vice presidents to initiate institutional reforms.

Following the impasse, President Salva Kiir tasked Security Advisor, Tut Galuak Manime to address and resolve the conflict that had ridden administrative at the Ministry of Health.

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