Kiir appoints official jailed for stealing $14 million as oil ministry undersecretary

Kiir appoints official jailed for stealing $14 million as oil ministry undersecretary

President Salva Kiir on Monday evening issued a decree appointing Mayen Wol Jong as the new undersecretary of the ministry of petroleum after sacking Mohamed Lino.

In November 2017, Mayen Wol was among six of 16 people acquitted by South Sudan’s High Court after being convicted for stealing millions of dollars from the Office of the President.

Wol, a close ally of Kiir and former chief administrator in the office of the president, was among the individuals previously accused of playing a role in the loss of more than $14 million and 30 million South Sudanese Pounds in Kiir’s office.

In another decree, Kiir appointed Biel Jok Thiik as the new undersecretary of the ministry of finance, replacing Agak Achuil Lual.

He also appointed Agak Achuil Lual as the new undersecretary of the ministry of trade and industry.

The presidential decrees came into effect as of March 19.

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