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Kiir makes major reconstitutions at national media institutions

Juba, South Sudan,

June 24, 2021 – President Salva Kiir has made major reshuffles in the government-affiliated media institutions, appointing and reassigning dozens.

President Salva Kiir speaking during the East African Community, Feb 27, 2021(Photo credit: supplied)
President Salva Kiir speaking during the East African Community, Feb 27, 2021(Photo credit: supplied)

National Communication Authority

In a Republican Decree read on the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation, Mr. Kiir appointed Professor John Akech, who was the Vice-Chancellor at the University of Juba as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Communication Authority and Jean Mellit Kowal as his Deputy.

Napoleon Adok Gai, formerly the director of the National Communication Authority, was reassigned to the position of the Board’s Secretary.

Six other people, including General Akol Kor, Dr. Lado Wani Kenji, Ochung Genesis Carlos, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Development, Elijah Ali, and Simon Akwe would be members of the board.

The Media Authority

The President also reshuffled the Board of Directors of the National Media Authority, assigning Atong Mueul Kaur as the Chairperson of the Board, deputized by Joseph Ihiya Oday.

Elijah Alier Quay, formerly the director of the Media Authority will be serving as the secretary of the board’s council.

Other six individuals who will hold the membership card include Teresa Medisto, Irene Aya, Majok Ayi Maruel, Victor Pollen Papa, Aju Lol Akwe, and Abraham Meriak Albino.

South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation

At the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation Board of Directors, Mai Ajith will serve as the Chairman of the council while Dr. Chaplin Kara will be the Vice Chair and James Maguk Schlemm will be the Secretary General.

Six notable members of the board will be Dr. Victoria Anib, Arya Loro Lotho, Michael Tun Magok, Teresa Cressio, Andrea Mag-Mebior, and Johnson Lutiba Lang.

The presidential order has taken effect as of Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

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