Juba, 12 March 2018: In unexpectedly decree President Salva Kiir on Monday evening fires his long time allied Minister of finance, Stephen Dhieu Dau. There is no apparent reason given by the President for removing Mr. Dau. However, it was expected the President is frustrated with the way how the world youngest nation is hit hard with high inflation.
Stephen Dhieu Dau previously served in Kiir's cabinet as Minister of Petroleum before the formation of the now collapsed Transitional Government of National Unity in 2016.
Stephen Dhieu is replaced by Salvatore Garang Wol, another Dinka as the new minister of finance, who preciously served as technical adviser in the ministry of trade and chamber of commerce. Critics of Mr. Kiir urged him to invest some effort to stop the ongoing war, they said firing individuals in the ministry of finance won't help to stabilize the financial institution.
South Sudan's inflation stands all time above 230%, thus technical speaking the country's economy has failed, therefore the only way forward is to stop the ongoing civil war in order to revive the country's economy.
Stephen Dau who assumed the ministry from David Deng Athorbei, in 2016, was not given new assignment according to the Presidential decree read on state owned SSTV.
In other decree president Kiir fires his long time military allied, Lt general Marial Chanuong Yol, the former commander of his Presidential unity, the Tiger battalion the most notorious militias groups who were accused of killing of thousands of Neur in Juba in December 2013.
It was not clear what prompted the country's leader to fired Lt General Marial who was recently promoted and assigned as assistant chief of defence forces for operations.
J. Roberts Swaka