August 28, 2015 (Nyamilepedia) – Anger is growing within South Sudanese government officials in Juba after Michael Makuei stood up and walked out on President Salva Kiir while the President was seated and signing the IGAD Compromise peace agreement on the 26th of August this month in Juba.
According to eyewitnesses the controversial minister of information walked out of the signing ceremony for the IGAD peace agreement and went straight home in protest to Salva Kiir’s signing of the peace agreement.
Senior officials within the presidency are now calling for Michael Makuei to be fired for allegedly disrespecting the president, saying most of their colleagues were astonished to see Makuei walking out while the President was seating and signing the peace agreement.
A senior official in the Presidential who gave his name only as Akot says Makuei has to be dropped for crossing the “redline” and not giving Salva Kiir the respect he deserves for signing peace.
“it is a total disrespect to our president, he (Makuei) should have waits for President to finish, but not gets up while president still is signing the documents, our President fought for this country more than those who walk out” the angry senior official Akot told the reporter.
Officials say the information minister has broken all protocols by standing up and walking out while the President is seated and while an important event was taking place and being graced by his excellency the president.
Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Michael Makuei Lueth, walked out from Freedom Hall during the peace signing ceremony at the Freedom hall in Juba.
Michael was seen walking out of the ceremony hall looking unhappy, when approached by the protocol team and asked to wait until the President finishes the signing. It’s alleged that the minister gave the protocol team an angry looked and replied.
“I don’t give a damn, let him surrender alone” said a angry Michael Makuei referring to President Kiir’s signing of the peace deal.
Another Member of Parliament from Warrap State said Michael Makuei’s action was out of character, regardless of his feelings. He said the President took the action to sign peace to save the country from the current abyss.
“The President one who brings him in, he can take him out too,”, said a shocked looking MP from Warrap.
“His behavior was absolutely not acceptable, he needs self control at such important occasions, I call our President to relieve him from duties for disrespect to his excellency the president”, Added the MP from Warrap.
Meanwhile Ministers and senior officials from Greater Upper Nile have called on Michael Makuei to make a public apology to the President.
“People need to know that the President, he value the life of the people and he love the country, that is why he sign the peace, is not for individual benefits” said one Cabinet minister
Michael Makuei has today changed his tone and replied to his critics saying he is not against peace, he supports the “bold and brave” move taken by President Salva Kiir to sign the peace, adding that “the devil is in the details” of this agreement.
“we are all behind the President with this peace agreement for sake of the peace, so he ..Mukuei.. must apologise to our President, or he have to drop him” said a senior official from Upper Nile, who said he represents Renk County.