Former governor of South Sudan’s Gogrial state, Gregory Deng Kuac, has welcomed the presidential decree removing him from office, saying the president has the powers to fire and hire governors and ministers as he pleases.

Last week, President Salva Kiir issued decrees sacking governors of Gogrial and Fangak states. Gregory Deng of Gogrial was replaced by Victor Atem Atem, a former education minister.

Speaking to Radio Tamazuj on Thursday, former governor Deng thanked the president for giving him the opportunity to serve the people of Gogrial.

Deng said the changes are just part of routine changes to enhance service delivery. “My removal from the office is a normal change and this happens in any system world over,” he said.

“The cadres of any system are deployed and redeployed when the situation requires. Our people also need to know nothing is wrong with these changes. It is a constitutional right and prerogative of the president to appoint and redeployment state governors, national ministers and other officials because there are powers given to him by the people of this country through the constitution,” Deng added.