August 16, 2015(Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan Capital has been hit by a political turmoil and unrest this evening as Dozens of governors have been dismissed and others have been put under house detention by security forces loyal to president Salva Kiir.
Governors of several states have been abruptly dismissed including; Simon Kun Puoc of Upper Nile state, Major General Clement Wani Konga of Central Equatoria state, Gen. Joseph Bakosoro of Western Equatoria state, Nyandeng Malek of Warrap State and Northern Bahr El Ghazal stat.
While Governor Bakosoro and his family were detained at the airport yesterday, other governors were taken by surprise when they heard several presidential decrees read on the government owned channel, SSTV, relieving the governors from their positions with immediate effect.
This comes Just a day after president Kiir convinced the governors to come to gather in the capital Juba to release a statement condemning IGAD-Plus peace talks and also to criticize western powers for trying to impose a “white man” peace agreement.
One senior official who did not want to be named due to fear of reprisal said this was not what the governors were expecting when they gathered in Juba for what was called a national solidarity conference.
“The governors were lured to come for consultation on IGAD peace agreement, they were also asked to make a joint statements to condemn the peace process, they did not know this would follow” the senior official in the parliament said.
Another decree was also read a few minutes after appointing new “caretaker” governors to replaced the dismissed governors.
The appointed new caretaker governors, who are mostly generals in the army, include Juma Ali Malou governor for Central Equatoria State, Patrick Zamosi governor for Western Equatoria, Akec Tong Aleu governor for Warrap State, Akot Deng governor for Northern Bahr El Ghazal State.
In the same decree read on SSTV, President Salva Kiir has also imposed the current army deputy chief of staff for moral orientation, General Chol Thon Bolok as new governor for Upper Nile state.
Meanwhile in a new report which could trigger a bitter power struggle within the government in Juba indicates that several of the governors have been placed under detention in the capital Juba in “anticipation of a black clash” from mostly Equatoria governors who have large following in their various states.
The governor of Western Equatoria, col. Joseph Bakosoro, was yesterday blocked from traveling outside the capital Juba and has been placed in detention since yesterday only to hear on national TV that he has now been fired.
Bakosoro who spoke to media said he was not given any explanation for his detention but was told there was going to be a meeting that he needs to attend with the president, that is why he was being detained.
The governor who was elected popularly in his state on an independent ticket without SPLM support said he was waiting to see the end of this game as he wanted to take things in a civilised way.
Meanwhile reports say General Clement Wani Konga’s house has been surrounded with tanks and presidential guards, his house is believed to be next to President Kiir’s J1 resident.
One official who gave his name as Honorable Lado from Central Equatoria government representing Terrekeka county were Clement Wani comes from, told the media that the governor does not recognised Kiir’s presidential decree because Kiir has no constitutional mandate to relieve an elected governor, warning the governor might not quit his position only through democratic elections.
“How can elected governor be relieved without elections…. why are the other officials… also not relieved, why him governor Clement, who we elected,? only through elections we can have a new governor, otherwise even president’s term is finished” said Hon. Lado who is an official with the Central Equatoria government.
Our reporter have been trying to get more information directly from the governor as to why they have been relieved, as no explanation has been given by the government as to why they have been relieved without any warnings.
While President Salva Kiir decided at a last minute to go and attend the IGAD-PLUS peace process in Ethiopia after days of delays, the president has left behind him widespread changes in his government, including dismissal state governors that could trigger another political unrest in his government.