Jur River County Commissioner Suspends Local Chief

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Jur River county commissioner in South Sudan Western Bahr el Ghazal State, John Arop Apai, has issued a local order suspending Elario Ayoro Akol from his duties as a traditional chief of Atido Boma.

According to the suspension letter dated on 20th November 2014 and signed by the county commissioner, the chief was suspended from his duties effective on November 20, 2014 without salary.

“In exercise of the powers conferred upon me under the traditional constitution of WBGS 2011, chapter 11 article 2 and read together with chapter VI article 52 section a,c and d of the  local government act 2009, I John Arop Apai, commissioner of Jur River County do hereby issue order suspending the chief from his post,” said in the letter extended to Gurtong on Tuesday.

According the letter, chief Akol was suspended due to his misconduct to the county’s authority.

“He was not responding to calls from the county’s authority when all chiefs of the county were called for an official meeting at the county headquarter,” said the letter citing that the chief had repeated similar attitude when he was asked to attend a peace conference held in Roc Roc Dong payam last week.

The letter alleged the chief was not respecting the county commissioner’s commands due to his private work as he was serving with a rank of Sergeant in south Sudan police service.

The suspension letter also accused the outgoing chief for interfering with executive powers, exceeding his powers as chief of Boma.

Despite several call attempts to reach the chief’s mobile phone, Gurtong was unable to reach the chief to ascertain his reaction to the dismissal.

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