Joseph Lual Achuil: A Frequent Victim of Deluded Media Warfare in South Sudan

Posted: June 5, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers

Joseph Lual Achuil: A Calm and Pure Leader that frequently falls victim of Deluded Media Warfare.

By Peter Makuach Manyuat, Juba, South Sudan

Monday, June 4, 2018 (PW) — At the outset, I will begin by providing a brief biographical information of Hon. Joseph Lual Achuil as provided by Wikipedia. Joseph Lual Achuil was born in 1948 in Kuajok where he completed his primary school in 1957.

He attended secondary school at Ricks Institute in Liberia and received in 1973 a degree in Business Administration at the University of Liberia From 1973 to 1978 Mr. Lual was a teacher at Ricks Institute, after which he joined the Liberian Ministry of Finance as a senior tax officer.

In early 1980s he returned to Sudan and worked for the Bahr el Ghazal state administration till 1989. In the following decade years Mr Lual worked for the Sudanese Red Crescent Society and the administrations of Gogrial province and Warrap State.

In 1999 he joined the World Food Programme (WFP) in South Sudan, where he worked as a senior national officer till June 2010, when he was appointed National Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management based in Khartoum for the Republic of Sudan.

After Independence of South Sudan, he joined the South Sudanese government in the same role as Minister of Humanitarian affairs and Disaster Management till 23 July 2013, when President Salva Kiir relieved all ministers and re-configured the ministries.

In May 2015 Joseph Lual Acuil was appointed by President Salva Kiir as Head of the National Communications Authority.

This article comes at the backdrop of a news story that appeared on Sudan Tribune online Website on 30th May 2018 alleging that Joseph Lual Achuil had defected to Malong’s rebel movement from Riek’s.

The website used Joseph Lual’s photo as a cover photo for the news story.

Though Sudan Tribune later corrected the story that the one who defected is called Maj. General Achuil Lual Achuil, the manner in which a very peaceful man’s name was tarnished with rebellion shows an absolute recklessness that has always been the case with Sudan Tribune and some other news outlets.

Such malicious acts to tarnish some people’s healthy reputations with rebellious discourse is unforgiven and should be punished by law.

As the excerpt above of Joseph Lual’s biography clearly shows and as a young man who comes from the same community (Kuac Community) with the victim of this cancerously polemic entanglement and having known the man first hand, it is my duty to refute the allegation and shed a better light on the factual personality of the man being falsely accused.

Throughout his life, Joseph Lual Achuil has little been known for military service. He came to prominence through humanitarian service and for co-authoring the Dinka Folktale book with Job Dhurua Malou, Dut Anyakdit, Donato Deng Mayen and others. The book was popularly read and taught in Dinka Land through 1990s down early 2000s.

The fact that most politicians immediately resort to rebellion when relieved from their duties in government should not make Sudan tribune editor thinks it is the habit of all the politicians. There are some few politicians who have positive thoughts and patriotic hearts for this Country.

Joseph Lual Achuil is a model of a few group of calm and pure politicians who are dismally underappreciated for their patriotic way of conducting their politics in the country. All he needs is appreciation and complimentary writings not misinformed articles aimed at distorting his pure reputation.

Peter Makuach Manyuat, the author, works for a Humanitarian Organization on a Part time basis as a Radio Operator and is an MBBS Candidate at the University of Juba. He is reachable on +211922284920/+211915623877 or through E-mail: petermakuac@gmail.com

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