“We represent national identity, we are beyond and above our tribal and ethnic lines or affiliations. We have no direct political color either”, Mayiik resonates as he takes charge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
South Sudan’s newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Mayiik Ayii Deng on Monday sent out a resounding message to the entire staff of his ministry by calling for no tribalism nor political affiliations as he takes charge.
The Minister made the remarks during his grandiose welcoming ceremony at the Ministry complex.
According to Hon. Mayiik, South Sudan’s national identity and security come first at the fore of the agenda as the work to navigate the existing challenges in the ministry continue.
“First and foremost, it’s my distinct honor to acknowledge your warm reception to the office. I promise all of you as I stated during the swearing-in ceremony that we have a number of pressing issues and challenges ahead of us. Top amongst them is our treaty obligations and rebranding our domestic image as an extension of our foreign policy agenda.
“Today, the top agenda of our Government is the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS 2018) alongside our traditional functions to protecting our core values and interests, national security, ideological goals, and to achieve and maintain economic prosperity for all.
“My dear management team let me remind you of what it will take for us to achieve this vision. Our diplomatic work requires cooperation, honesty, integrity, and commitment to our roles and responsibilities, while each of us must maintain and respect the chain of policy and administrative responsibilities. Remember, these actions reflect the image of the country.
“Equally important, I must say that as diplomats, we represent a national identity and that we are beyond and above our tribal and ethnic lines or affiliations. We have no direct political color either. It is therefore important to remain together and cohesive as diplomats,” said Hon. Mayiik.
Hon. Mayiik Ayii was re-appointed by President Kiir through a presidential decree last week, replacing Hon. Beatrice Khamisa Wani.
The reasons for Beatrice’s removal were not revealed.
Mayiik’s re-appointment sparked huge public discontent towards the president, concerning Mayiik’s scandalous hands on the previously eroded Bar El Ghazel road project.
After being frozen in the cold for the last 14 months, South Sudanese questioned Kiir on the legitimacy of his intentions regarding Mayiik’s appointment as his appointments seek to fuel corruption instead.
After the firing of Mayiik in June last year as Presidential Affairs Minister, Kiir expressed anger towards Mayiik regarding the scandalous changes in the contract of the road heading towards the president’s homeland.
Mayiik’s on a quest to regain the trust of his Boss and the entire public as he works to redeem himself.