Speaker of Jonglei State assembly dies

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

Speaker of Jonglie State Assembly Charles Manyang Awot has passed on at Nairobi Hospital Kenya on Saturday.

The medical examination indicates that the deceased died of cancer after battling it for the last five years.

During the united Sudan, the deceased served as Sudanese Ambassador to Norway, Sweden, China, Moscow, United States of America (USA) and Tanzania.

Amb. Manyang was appointed as Jonglei State Assembly’s Speaker early 2016 and has been holding the position till his last day.

Jacob Akech Dengdit, former Jonglei State Minister of Information, a resident of Duk Padiet where the late originated from termed Ambassador’s passing on as a great loss to the people of South Sudan”.

“It is a great sorrow for us to lose an icon, mentor, uncle, son, and patriotic citizen to Greater Jonglei and South Sudan as a whole,” he told Juba Monitor yesterday.

“Life is really precious, but it is sometimes not easy for us to accept his passing on,” he added. 

 Akech registered condolences to the entire family of the late, adding that the family was just to be comforted during this hardship.  

Former Jonglei State Governor, Philip Aguer said the late Awot was a countryman who dedicated himself to serving the nation.

Atong Kuol Manyang, Jonglei State Information Minister described the late Awot as distinguished career diplomat and man of the people during his time.

“My memories for him are that he was an eloquent speaker, humble, kind, straightforward and patriotic citizen,” she explained.

“Those qualities are rare to be found in one person. Really, it is a great loss to the people of Duk, Jonglei and South Sudan at large,” she noticed.

Atong said that the Jonglei State government has declared three days of mourning for the late with the flag running half-mast.

The days of mourning started yesterday till tomorrow Wednesday, according to the information minister.  

According to the family source, the body of the late will be brought to Juba from Nairobi on Thursday as Foreign Affairs Ministry was coordinating the transportation.

Attempts to reach the Foreign Affairs Ministry on the preparation were not immediately successful. 

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