March 6, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — The former Minister of Rural Development and Cooperation of Western Equatoria State, Hon. Samuel John Basiame, who temporarily held the position, says he was mistakenly appointed by presided Salva Kiir and had to relinquish it to the right candidate.
Samuel John Basiame was relieved of his duties by Governor Alfred Futuyo a few days after his appointment and replaced by Yoana Robert Mark.
The governor’s press secretary, Alex Daniel, explained that the changes were done after consultations with John’s political party the South Sudan Democratic Forum which is part of the National Agenda- an ally to the government.
“The removal of the minister for Rural Development and Cooperation was based on the consultations by the two parties. They were the ones who sat and discussed their own issues between them, that is the SSDF and RRC. So they came out with the resolution that you took my position and now I have come to ask for it. You give it to me and you go to another position,” he said.
The former Minister of Rural Development and Cooperation welcomed the decision and said he was mistakenly appointed to the position.
“My boss who’s the chairperson of the National Agenda in Juba already informed me about the changes. Based on what I was informed, there was a mistake that happened on the list and then they were trying to settle it. I think it has been resolved that I should maintain the RRC position and decline from the ministerial position,” Mr. John explained.
The dismissed Minister Samuel John was then appointed as a member of the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission in the state.