Kiir dismiss labour minister, appoints successor
August 25th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan President Salva Mayardiit has dismissed and replace the country’s minister of labour and public service, Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth Hothnyag on Friday.
The President in the degree read out at the state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) did not have reason for the dismissal.
Kiir replaced the out going Minister with the Gen. James Hoth Mai who served as the SPLA Chief of General Staff from 2009 until one year after the outbreak of the ongoing civil war in South Sudan in 2014.
Mai is blamed by many Nuer for hesitating to defense them while he was the army chief when Dinka militias known as Mathiang Anyor killed thousands of Nuer in the capital Juba.
He is currently marred in a dispute with the out going Minister over the leadership of the Nuer Community in Juba with the later criticizing him for self-imposing himself to lead the community which he says is mostly based in UNMISS camp and abroad.
In a related development, President Kiir also sacked the governor of Lajor state James Duer Chuol and replaced him with Elijah Liech Bany.