This article was last updated on May 26, 2022
There have been wild rumors on social media since last Friday that President Salva Kiir and his army Chief of Staff, Gen. Paul Malong had planned to assassinate the three Governors of the Greater Equatoria region.
According to the disputed reports, which quoted ‘anonymous sources’, Konga was reported to be travelling towards the south of the country. However, officials at the State and the central government dismissed the report as “concocted” and aimed at creating confusion in the country.
“I want to state categorically clear here that all that has been said in the social media is not true, that there is no assassination attempt on any of the Governors that I know and that there is no assassination attempt on my Governor, His Excellency Clement Wani Konga. All these are rumors, lies and propaganda from enemies of peace aimed at causing confusion and panic among our people,” Central Equatoria State Deputy and Acting Governor Hon. Manase Lomole said in an interview.
He explained that Konga went to Kampala for a family visit and will return soon, and further warned the public against such malicious rumours. “In this regard I would like to appeal to our people that they should not entertain such rumors and that if they see items of this nature in the social media it is helpful for them to cross check with the government,” Lomole added.
Meanwhile, South Sudan’s Information Minister Michael Makuei backed Acting Governor Lomole in dismissing the allegations: “This is a mere lie, a story that is concocted”, Makuei told Gurtong.
Rumours have spread recently of a rift between South Sudan’s central government and the governors of Eastern, Central and Western Equatoria states, in light of the support expressed by the three Governors for a federal system of governance, a move rebel leader Riek Machar has also supported.