Presidential Advisor of Legal Affair Telar Deng has submitted a proposal for a cabinet reshuffle requesting the President move around some Ministers and appoint him minister in a key position.
He also suggested bringing in Dr. Lam Akol and one or two new Equatorians, shaking up the Ministry of Justice after causing “the devastating loss of the case of the four”, and dealing with Michael Makuei and his many woes.
Telar Ring Deng made these proposals in a leaked confidential letter believed to be written and submitted for consideration to the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit.
In the last reshuffle, MPs rejected a Presidential Decree appointing Telar Ring Deng as Justice Minister citing insufficient academic credentials.
This leaked confidential letter shows Telar’s rejuvenated desire to be named a national minster, one carefully chosen to ensure no one stands in his way.
That portfolio is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs!
Telar Ring Deng Minister for Foreign Affairs
In his own words, “..Foreign Affairs is pivotal to the country’s efforts to repair/strengthen relations with our allies in the Region and international powers. I believe that I can take up this challenge within the government.”
According to Telar Deng, the current Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Benjamin Marial, who has not particularly done poorly, can still be useful in the Ministry of Information “where he will continue to be an eloquent spokesman for the government”.
Michael Makuei and his many woes
Telar Deng believes replacing Michael Makuei, the current Minister of Information, with Dr. Benjamin Marial “will be a welcome relief from his [Makuei’s] current woes/problems in the Ministry of lnformation”.
But that is not the end of Michael Makuei. Lacking in the eloquence and skills that characterise Dr. Benjamin, Michael Makuei – a lawyer according to popular belief- seems to make up for those shortcomings in temper, rudeness, mentality and loyalty to President Kiir. Though apparently troublesome as government spokesperson, Makuei can still be useful somewhere else, the masterminds behind the current government believe.
Telar Deng believes Michael Makuei will best be suited to fill the position of Justice Minister, replacing Paulino Wanawilla, the incumbent.
You will recall that Telar thinks Paulino Wanawilla shoulders part of the blame for the “devastating loss of the case of the four” or G4 who were acquitted for the treason charges brought against them. Wanawilla should have objected the composition of the Court which, according to Telar, caused the trial to fall apart, as such, he needs to make room for someone like Makuei.
As for Wanawilla, Telar wrote the President, “Muolana Paulino Wanawilla, a loyalist, can assume my [Telar’s] role as your Legal Advisor”.
Dr. Lam Akol and SPLM-DC
Mindful that “Dr Lam Akol may not be politically reliable,” Telar proposed the following:
” The SPLM-DC leader’s participation in the Cabinet may be politically an excellent acquisition for the Government as a part of the national consensus building. This would be consistent with your efforts of national unity and reconciliation that you have been championing since you assumed the leadership of the SPLM. ln my view, you can appoint him Minister of Energy and move Stephen Dhieu to Trade and Commerce. Dr Lam Akol may not be politically reliable, but he is well-known for being hardworking person. I believe if given the opportunity to serve he would give it his full attention and deliver.”
Courting Equatorians – two more Equatorians in the cabinet
In an earlier posting entitled How to court Equatorians – Telar Deng’s Perspective on the current situation, Telar explained the need to bring in one Eastern Equatorian and another Western Equatorian into the cabinet. He reminded the President that these people from Equatoria “have a history of being slippery”, but a strategy has been tested before that seems to work – offer them some seats in here and there in the cabinet and they will be okay!
Click on the link to read [How to court Equatorians – Telar Deng’s Perspective on the current situation]
Many believe Telar Ring Deng has been pulling the strings in the Presidency for longer than most can stomach. How much of an influence his proposal will have on the reshuffle waits to be seen. Other variables might also influence any decision the President might want to consider given the growing international pressure to resolve the conflict.
A reshuffle – just before an interim government- might not be a smart thing to do.