President Kiir threatens to fire Information Minister
Reliable sources have revealed that President Salva Kiir Mayardit has threatened to fire Minister of Information Michael Makuei Lueth during an extraordinary meeting of the cabinet Ministers to discuss the economic crisis on Wednesday in Juba.
According to senior government officials who do not wish to be named, President Kiir called the emergency meeting to discuss how the Information Minister went public with news of the change of South Sudan currently – Pounds, which caused growing public uproar across South Sudan.
In an act of frustration, Makuei threatened to walk out of the Cabinet but the President responded with threats of removal if he leaves the Hall.
The tense confrontation was quelled down after the Minister of Cabinet Affairs Martin Elia Lomoro and Government Secretary General Abdu Agau intervened.
The President frustration’s with Michael Makuei is confirmed below from the Presidential Press updates.
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‘H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic, called for an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers to discuss the current Economic Crisis in the Country with particular focus on the hyperinflation rate in the market due to the announcement made by the Minister of Information and Communication, Michael Makuei Lueth mentioning a change of country’s Currency after the meeting of the previous Friday Cabinet meeting.
At the beginning of the session, President Salva Kiir questioned the Council of Ministers, why an announcement of currency change was made to the public last Friday yet it was not part of the agenda and resolutions of the previous cabinet meeting.
President Salva Kiir and some members of the cabinet mentioned that, the change of the country’s currency was brought up in the discussion of previous cabinet meetings as one of the proposed ideas to be subjected for study and discussions as one of the long-term economic measures but it was not agreed and passed by the council that time.
President Salva Kiir made assurance in the cabinet meeting that the government did not and has not agreed to change the currency of the country, but instead it was a suggestion, a proposed idea to be studied by the economists.
President Salva Kiir and the government is in a final process of acquiring a loan that will be injected in the market to stabilize the currency rates. In addition, the Council of Ministers meeting also agreed to divert and inject the oil money into the market to help in the stabilisation of the market .