Sacked South Sudan labour minister reiterates support for President Kiir’s leadership

Out going Minister of Labour and Public Service Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth (File photo)

August 27th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s sacked labor minister Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth said on Sunday that he support the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardiit despite dismissal as result of a feud he had with the First Vice-President Taban Deng Gai and his successor Gen. Hoth Mai.

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.

He was replaced by Gen. James Hoth Mai who was the Chief of Staff of the South Sudan’s army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) who also had some differences with him over the Nuer community leadership in Juba.

The two men are both from Jikany community of the Nuer sub-section.

In a letter addressed to President Salva Kiir on Sunday and seen by the Nyamilepedia, the former labour minister who was dismissed last weekend said he support President Salva Kiir Mayardiit who dismissed him to favor First Vice-President Taban Deng Gai.

“I would like to pledge my unwavering support to your leadership and the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU) in ensuring your ideologies and vision of our beloved country are implemented to the latter,” Gathoth said in the letter seen by the Nyamilepedia.

He appreciated President Salva Kiir for working tirelessly for the sake of the South Sudanese people to achieve peace ion the country which has been marred in a bloody civil war since December 2013.

“Lastly, I would like to recognize your wisdom and wit as a leader with so much love for the people of South Sudan,” he said in the letter.