April 4, 2017(Nyamilepedia) —— Speculations emerged last week that South Sudan’s Minister of Defense, Gen. Kuol Manyang Juuk, has yet again submitted another resignation letter leaving fear that he may not change his mind this time.
The powerful minister, representing Jonglei’s Dinka in Salva Kiir’s ethnicized administration, has submitted a few resignation letters in the past allegedly due intolerance of the Chief of Staff of SPLA-IG, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, who overrides powers of the Minister of Defense and Veterans’ Affairs.
Kuol’s controversial submission of the latest resignation letter was confirmed today by Honourable Deng Dau Malek in Nairobi, Kenya.
Hon. Deng Dau confirmed the resignation of Hon. Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk in a funeral rite of late Machar Biar – Mawut today at St . luke parish in Nairobi.
Deng cautioned Greater Bor people that Kuol’s resignation is a personal decision and should not be politicized.
“therefore we shouldn’t politicise it, leave it on the government level either they will convince him, it’s not your case nor your interest. President will either accepted Honorable Kuol Manyang Juuk resignation or convince him not to resign from his office.” Said Hon. Deng Dau, diverting attention from mourning to politics.
Dau claimed that the retired general wanted to rest from public life and deal with his own affairs including illness.
Juuk has been battling diabetes for which he collapsed to a few times within the last three years.
The politician also confirmed that Kuol Manyang Juuk is not yet convinced to go back to work saying “therefore you social media youth should stop discredit his name, wait before your campaigns.”
Juuk’s resignation could be a big blow to Salva Kiir’s crumbling administration.
As a senior SPLM/A Cadre, Manyang is seen as a symbol of unity among the Bor Dinka, which Salva Kiir’s rely on to sustain his leadership in the war-torn nation.
The Minister has signed military cooperations for Kiir’s administration with Ugandan and Egyptian governments as a minister of Defense, and led many other delegations to neighboring countries like Sudan, Ethiopia and DRC to seek more military support to “crush rebellion”.
Though he has succeeded in such missions, war continue to escalate and economy continue to crumble as famine kicks in an already devastated nation.