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Yirol West commissioner resigns over security threat

By Mabor Riak Magok

The Commissioner of Yirol West County, Andrew Acheng Anhiem, has resigned from his position by saying he is under intimidation and security threats from Governor Rin Tueny Mabor.

Acheng was appointed by President Salva Kiir Mayardit when he reconstituted the government of Lakes State last year on the ticket of the main armed opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition led by First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar.

In a statement to media on Thursday, the Former Yirol West Commissioner Andrew Acheng Anhiem said he thanked President Kiir and FVP Machar for appointing him into the position.

“I was humiliated in front of the public during a function at the freedom square in Yirol by security forces loyal to governor Tueny. I want to take this opportunity to thank your Excellency Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon for the trust he has bestowed on me to serve in the Reconstituted Lakes State Transitional Government of National Unity as a Commissioner,”

He added that it has been two months since I was humiliated as the sitting Commissioner in Yirol Freedom square and arbitrarily arrested, put behind bars in Baburzeit Military Prison and forced out of the County by Governor Rin Tueny.

He revealed that First Vice President Machar had requested to see the governor of Lakes state several times but he didn’t succeed in doing so, making it impossible to resolve the stalemate between the commissioner and the governor.

“To the best of my knowledge, before the incident of my arrests occurred, your office has tried to resolve our administrative differences with Governor Rin Tueny Mabor, but the cooperation remains staggering.I’m also aware you have requested the Governor several times to your office, which he turneddown, violating your call as the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, and Head of Governance Cluster of the R-TGONU, that alone talks volumes on how my cooperation will be with the governor as I serve under his administration,” he added.

He further said that “after having given enough time waiting to seek an amicable political solution”, I hereby decided to resign in Lakes State Government, particularly Yirol West County as a Commissioner under the administration of Governor Rin Tueny Mabor because of the following reasons as hereunder.Some of the reasons he mentioned regarding his resignation include unlawfully arrest and humiliation and unilateral appointment of his deputy, being denied right to use the commissioner’s house, “sabotage and responsibility interference” as well as intimidation and security threats.”

He noted that the governor has constantly ordered the arrest of SPLM-IO members in the state and has also ordered search of his residence without crucial reason adding that his decision to resign is “to allow a chance for the people of Yirol to have another commissioner who will serve them at this critical time of peace implementation.

“The County has been without a Commissioner which has created a constitutional gap. As SPLM-IO yearns for reforms, peace and stability of this country, it is my obligation that I relinquish my position for the betterment of Yirol Citizens,”

Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor who is an SPLM-IO Chairman in Lakes State Poth Madit Dut said that he received the resignation letter from the SPLM-IO commissioner and it has been approved and soon his replacement will be done to fill the vacuum.

“The reasons which the former Yirol West commissioner has cited in his resignation are all true because there was no cooperation and that will not stop us to bring another person to work there,”

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