Juba – President Kirr’s health has reportedly deteriorated these days with immediate abroad treatment as the only option left for him. He is said to be traveling out for treatment in German for about 3 months.
However, his close loyalist and tribal men under the umbrella of Jieng Council of Elders, commonly known as JCE, have remains in a squabble over who to be put in President’s shoes to act in his absent.
Two possible nominees were Eng. Kuol Manyang Juuk (Bor) and Gen. Paul Malong Awan (Aweil) with other proposed names which includes Nhial Deng Nhial of whom the council said he is not carrying the Jieng interest fully in his heart – he is weak.
Kuol has also been rejected on the ground that he is from Bor and not Bahr el Gazel region.
The Jieng Council of Elders have not agreed on one nominee to replace Kirr while away and in case of anything, the person shall continue as the President.
South Sudan constitution says if the office of the President fall vacant for any reason, the Vice President take over the office until such a time that elections are conducted to elect a new President. There is no where it’s mention in the constitution that the President select a person of his choice to act on his behalf while away; In this case the Vice President act on his behalf.
Article 106 (a) of the transitional constitution of South Sudan state that the Vice President shall “act for the President in his or her absence from the country”
In this case and in respect to ARCISS, it should be the Second Vice President, James Wani Igga to remains as the acting president in this case as Taban controversially represent IO.
Juba has been in high tension for the last two days with possible outbreak of internal war not to be ruled out. Till now, the Council have not agreed on one nominee to act as Kirr is away for treatment.