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.”

Undersecretary of Ministry of Information dies in Khartoum

The late Paul Jacob Kumbo, former
Undersecretary of the Ministry Information |Photo: File

Oct 12, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information, Telecommunications and Postal services, Paul Jacob Kumbo has passed on in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, following a brief illness.

In a statement, the state-run SSBC expressed its deep sorrow over the untimely death of its official in Sudan.

“We stand in solidarity with the SSBC family and telecommunication at this critical time,” the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation said on Sunday.

Paul took office in September following the sacking of former Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information Justin Aleer de Mayen.

Makuei refuses to undergo test for COVID-19, citing strong immune system

Michael Makuei Lueth, Minister of Information and Broadcasting addressing the press after the African Union heads of state and government summit held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa/Photo: File

May 19, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Minister of Information, Michael Makuei Lueth has reportedly refused to take the Corona virus test, arguing that he has a strong immune system and will not be infected with the Coronavirus, according to a government official interviewed this morning by our investigative reporter.

“He [Makuei] declined to undergo the Coronavirus test, citing that his immune system is strong enough to fight the Coronavirus pandemic,” the official told our correspondent in Juba this morning.

South Sudan has seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in recent days.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health announced that members of the previous High-level Task Force on COVID-19 had contracted the disease, including FVP, Dr. Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Jany Teny.

The rise in the number of cases raises concerns about the spread of the virus due to the the country’s weak health system.