By Staff Writer
The former Press Secretary in the office of the President has celebrated the decree that relieved him off duties.
Molana Ateny Wek Ateny said he was appointed nine years ago as Press Secretary to President Salva Kiir.
“First of all, let me congratulate you Mr. President for a job well-done to relieve me of my duties as the First ever Press Secretary in the Office of the President on Friday, August 5, 2022. I took your decision as normal, routine, and prerogative. Your Excellency. I celebrated my Appointment nine years ago, I earnestly did celebrate my relief today,” Ateny stated.
Ateny believes that he made the history in which he would be proud.
“For me, I think I have made history in which I and my family would be proud. Given the demand of my job, and how managing a country in a crisis since its inception, ”Ateny said.
The official further went on to appreciate the President of the republic of South Sudan.
“I think President Kiir gave me more than the honour a man can expect from another man. Being the first Press Secretary in the Office was a lifetime privilege and honour. I am now more exposed than at any other time in my life. So, if I was doing my job right or wrong, the fact that I had spent good 9 years in it, was an indication that I wasn’t there by mere coincidence. I had what it takes to have served the President and the country to which I will remain a loyal citizen,” he wrote on his Facebook wall.
Former Press Secretary expressed that he will remain loyal to the President as well as the government of National unity
“With being in government or not, I will still be loyal to President Kiir, my former colleagues, and the government of National Unity and beyond. I subscribe to the notion of being a supporter of government having an assignment or otherwise. Finally, I am grateful to the President again. I wish him and the government a very wonderful extended tenure,” Ateny concluded.
Last Thursday and Friday, President Kiir relieved three officials. The officials include finance minister Agak Achuil, Central Bank governor Moses Makur and Ateny Wek Ateny. No reasons for the dismissal were revealed.
Last week, the parties in the revitalized peace agreement extended the transitional government for 24 months to give chance for the implementation of pending chapters in the agreement.