Kiir’s office denies one of its aides, Nhial Deng contracted COVID-19

Minister of Presidential Affairs Hon. Nhial Deng | Photo: File

The Presidential Press Unit has denied speculative reports suggesting that the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial had contracted COVID-19 virus.

“The Media Department in the Office of the President has learned of a false news article trending on social media published by Sudan post website on 12th February 2021 which states that, the Minister of Presidential Affairs Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, Executive Director in the Office of the President Hon. James Deng Wal along with unnamed SSBC journalist attached to the Office of the President have tested positive for coronavirus.”

The Office of the President noted the report, speculated on Facebook and local media outlets, was incorrect and carried no concrete evidence.

“This Press statement is to clarify that this news article published by Sudan post website on 12th February 2021 is untrue and totally unfounded. The Minister of Presidential Affairs Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, Executive Director in the Office of the President Hon. James Deng Wal tested for Covid-19 and their results came out negative on February 11th ,2021.

“Only covid-19 results of the Press Secretary in the Office of the President Ateny Wek Ateny and 3 Junior staff [members] came out positive in the entire Office of the President.”

“In addition, No SSBC Journalist in the Office of the President tested Positive of Coronavirus. The Office of the President is wishing all the Covid 19 positive colleagues a quick recovery.”

Office of the President unveils an official news website

Oct 2, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Office of the President has launched an official website that will keep the public updated on activities in the presidency and, most importantly, current issues affecting the country.

Nhial Deng Nhial, the Minister in the Office of the President, praised the steps taken by the Presidency and its press unit, stressing that the new site will be a hub for reliable news updates throughout the country.

“The is the first step towards providing accurate information of what is transpiring in the Presidency regarding the country,” Nhial said.

For his part, Deputy Minister of Information, Communications and Postal Services Baba Medan said that with the launch of this online news portal, all forms of misinformation and fake news updates will be put to rest.

“With the launching of this website rumors have come to an end, no room any more for the rumors and inaccurate news.”

The launch of the official site for the President was attended by senior government officials in the capital, Juba.