Spy chief opens private airport in Tonj, Kiir not happy

Awul airport opened by South Sudan spy chief Gen. Akol Koor Kuc (Photo credit: South Sudan News Now)

June 10, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – The head of South Sudan’s National Security Service (NSS) Gen. Akol Koor has opened a private airport in a remote village in Tonj North County of the country’s Warrap state, officials said Wednesday.

The private airport, one source said, was inaugurated in Awul village in Tonj on Tuesday in presence of the NSS chief after several months of construction.  The source said the construction of the airport begun in January 2020.

“The director of The Internal Security Bureau (ISB) of the National Security Service (NSS) Lt. Gen. Akol Koor has opened a private airport in Tonj North County. The airport was opened yesterday with blessings from the director of civil aviation authority,” a unnamed security officer was quoted by South Sudan News Now.

“The airport is exactly opened at Awul village. It is a remote village in Tonj North County and it is private not public. We don’t know why the airport has been opened in a village like that,” the officer who spoke from Juba added.

President Salva Kiir is not reportedly happy over the construction of a private airport. Officials separately told Nyamilepedia that the president had summoned the NSS chief this morning but details of what they discussed remained unknown.

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