Former Labour Minister banned from leaving the capital Juba: sources

South Sudan’s former rebel commander and former labor minister Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth (File photo)

August 27th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s former minister of labor and public service Gathoth Gatkouth Hothnyang has been barred from leaving the country and the capital Juba, several sources told the Nyamilepedia this morning.

Gathoth who is a former rebel military general was dismissed from his position over the weekend by Kiir over row with the country’s First Vice-President Taban Deng Gai who reportedly advised President Kiir to remove him.

Speaking to the Nyamilepedia this morning, a government official who requested not to be named said the former rebel commander has been barred from leaving the country as well as the capital for any other part of the country.

“Gen. Gathoth Gatkouth has been banned from leaving South Sudan and from leaving Juba. He is not currently allowed to go anywhere outside or inside the country until further notice,” the official told the Nyamilepedia on the condition of anonymity.

Another official also told the Nyamilepedia on the condition of anonymity that the decision by the government to ban the former notorious warlord was proposed to the head of the National Security Akol Koor by the First Vice-President Taban Deng Gai after Gatkuoth urged youth from his home-state to distant themselves from the FVP.

“The decision was made by the FVP Gen. Taban Deng Gai. He contacted Akol Koor (security chief) to put his eyes on the disgruntled former minister,” the source said.

Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth was a SPLA-IO commander who led the rebel group’s insurgent troops in the Upper Nile state Malakal. He is accused by the international community of not respecting several ceasefire agreements before his defection to the South Sudan government in 2015.