S. Sudan President Orders Sacking of Luka Biong From Juba University
South Sudan President Salva Kiir has ordered the expulsion of Luka Biong Deng from Juba University, after the lecturer organised a forum challenging the president’s decree for a 28 state nation.
No public explanation has been given for the dismissal of Deng, who was once a close ally of the president’s. However, sources have revealed to local press that his expulsion is directly linked to his lecture, which questioned Kiir’s 28 state decree.
The debate over 28 states plan
The lecture in question was organised by former minister Deng, to seek public opinion on the controversial 28 state plans. Multiple key figures attended the lecture, including opposition leaders and the presidential advisor for legal affairs, Lawrence Korbandy, as chief guest.
Several speakers at the university lecture rejected the plans as unconstitutional and unlawful – opinions that saw Ambrose Riing Thiik, head of Dinka Council of Elders, walk out of the debate. It’s reported he rushed to President Kiir at this point and called for Deng to be dismissed from his post.
Sources claim President Kiir promptly called the vice chancellor of Juba University and gave orders for the immediate dismissal of Deng. The former minister had been the Director of Centre for Peace and Development Studies at the university and was renowned as an expert on Sudan and South Sudanese affairs.
He also created the Kush Instutute – a non-profit organisation that promotes peace and sustainable development in South Sudan and beyond. He had previously served as a key minister in Sudan, but resigned shorty after the country split, when the Sudanese army seized control of his home town Abyei.