Newsflash: Michael Makuei risks being fired over misinformation

Information MMinster Michael Makuei during a press briefing |Photo: Thessherald

Oct 14, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s Minister of Information and government spokesperson, Michael Makuei Lueth, is on the edge of being fired after announcing an unapproved proposal to the public, according to an official in the Presidency.

Last week, the Minister of Information Michael Makuei announced that the Council of Ministers, after long-hours of deliberations, had approved a change of the old currency, a move that triggered a nationwide uproar.

On Wednesday, South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir and the Council of Ministers held an Extraordinary Cabinet meeting in Juba and backtracked on the alleged change of the national currency.

“South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit 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,” the Office of the President said this evening.

“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.”

Office of the President

“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.”

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