By Emmanuel Thon (Reporter for the Nation Mirror Newspaper)
June 26, 2015 (SSB) — President Salva Kiir Mayardit has suspended his Chief of Staff,Mr. Mayen Wol Jong, and the Executive Director, Mr. Yel Luol, from office (office of the president) on charges related to forgery in his office.The two officials are due to appear before investigators to answers questions regarding what they know about alleged forgery, which led to the loss of hundreds of millions of US dollars in the President’s name.
Their dismissal documents instructed them to appear in person before the investigation committee by 9:00 am yesterday. The suspension is in relation to an earlier arrest of a Security Officer Mr. John Agou, seconded to the office of the President. Agou has been accused of using the seal and signature of the President to request payments in the name of President Kiir.
Preliminary investigations are said to have discovered many names involved in the scam. Presidential Press Secretary, Ateny Wek Ateny, says the suspension is normal since it is to facilitate investigations. “It is true that they were suspended yesterday. It is the case of security officer, Mr. John Agou, who forged documents in the office of the president, which implicated them.
This is only to allow for investigation to take place”, he said. Ateny, however added, “There is some sort of negligence on the side of the suspended officials. John Agou was with them in the office of the president.