RUMOURS Deng Alor not replaced-Gov’t
Deng Alor kuol addresses delegates during the inauguration of the ministry’s complex constructed by the Chinese Embassy (File Photo):
By Morris Dogga
The Government has dismissed reports alleging that President Salva Kiir had sacked the Foreign Affairs Minister Deng Alor Kuol and replaced him with the Minister of Cabinet Affairs Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro.
There had been widespread report by media outlets that the South Sudanese Embassy in Ethiopia issued a memo informing the regional body-IGAD, UN, EU and the AU that Elia was the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of South Sudan.
It was also reported that the embassy further directed all the international and regional bodies to address their letters to the Dr. Elia.
But Government spokesperson Michael Makuei Lueth told Juba Monitor on phone that the letter which alleged to have been issued by the ambassador was not representing the position of the government.
“That statement that he is the acting minister now is not the position of the government,” Makuei said.
Despite the fact that government has insisted that it had not sacked Alor, Dr. Elia attended the IGAD Council of Ministers meeting last month.
Dr. Elia also attended the IGAD meeting in Uganda on Tuesday about free movement on the region.
Makuei said Dr. Elia was attending the IGAD meeting under the directives of President Salva Kiir.
“He is usually authorized by the president to do so in the absence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs,” Makuei said.
However officials in the foreign affairs ministry said on Tuesday that they were yet to confirm whether rumours of replacement were true or not.
Deng Alor kuol was appointed by the Former Detainees (FDs) as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation under the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS).
Until now Alor did not resign officially from his position. However, he did not return to Juba after the second round of the Revitalization Peace Process in February. It was not clear why he did not return to Juba.