Juba, South Sudan,
July 19, 2021 – Presidential Spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny has only Jesus Christ can replace him from the position of the press secretary.
Ateny was responding to online criticisms over his controversial public conduct that has seen some South Sudanese citizens calling on President Salva Kiir to relieve him from the country’s top office.
However, Ateny, who has been nicknamed Atenydior, said those who lobby for removal were delusional to seek the removal of an indispensable political figure in his name.
“Nobody can replace me as Press Secretary in the Office of the President, unless Jesus Christ,” Ateny told Ajak Deng, a journalist from SBS Dinka, an online radio station.
The Press Secretary said those who were calling for his removal misdirected their contempt adding that there were people who directly indulged in sexual misconduct but walked freely.
The drama came after the press secretary, in a series of pre-recorded video clips, could be heard shifting his allegiance from Christianity to Atenydior.
In a separate clip, Ateny publicly disclosed his voracious appetite for women openly stating that each time he sees a beautiful woman he feels like grabbing and taking her.
The statements sparked fierce criticism from the women community within and outside South Sudan with calls to remove Mr. Ateny.
In a demonstration of complacency, the press secretary responded by taking critics to a political showdown.