Kiir sacks Minister of Foreign Affairs, appoints successor

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Beatrice Khamisa | File

President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Thursday evening issued a republican decree sacking Beatrice Khamisa Wani as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation.

Mayiik Ayii previously served as Minister in the Office of President was appointed the new minister of Foreign Affairs in another decree.

Beatrice Khamisa Wani was appointed as minister in March 2020.

Mayiik holds other positions including representing a political constituency in Tonj North, Warrap State, at the national legislative assembly. He first gained the trust of the leadership and the president in 2016 as the minister of presidential affairs after restructuring of the ministries as part of the stipulations of the 2015 and 2018 revitalized peace accords required to establish a transitional government.

He was one of the two officials appointed in February 2020, when the parties were still negotiating how to share cabinet positions to help the president in negotiation.

He was removed in June 2020 and replaced with Nhial Deng Nhial after the president accused him of having played a role in a failed oil-for-roads contract between the government of South Sudan and the Republic of China through a Chinese company, Shandong Hi-Speed Group Co., Ltd (SDHS).

The company later subcontracted a subsidiary company to construct Juba-Bahr El Ghazal which could not stand heavy downpour of rainwater, attracting public outcry.

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