This week, South Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Marial Benjamin Bil was quoted to have called people of the Dinka Ngok of Abyei as foreigners. He also referred to Dr Luka Biong Deng a native of Abyei, former Minister as Sudanese citizen but not citizen of South Sudan. In a written statement which was realised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the statement said.
By Ajak Deng Chiengkou
March, 26, 2016, In case of Dr Luka Biong Deng, the University of Juba is an independent academic institution which employee nationals and non-nationals like Dr. Luka Biong Deng who is a citizen of the Republic of Sudan. The termination of service is based on the terms of contract. Luka Biong Deng and Abyei People are Sudanese. This statement caused anger across the political spectrum in which Dr Marial was condemned by many people and his subsequent sacking with presidential decree. The decree mentioned nothing about his sacking. Shortly after that, Dr Marial called and personally apologised to Dr Luka Biong.
During an interview with SBS Dinka Radio, Dr Biong appreciated and received the apology from Dr Marial who blamed the misstep on those who wrote the press release. Here is the interview