He was a nationalist: Dr Machar pays glowing tribute to late Manawa Gatkuoth

He was a nationalist: Dr Machar pays glowing tribute to late Manawa Gatkuoth

The First Vice President, Dr Riek Machar, has expressed his condolences to the fallen Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Manawa Peter Gatkuoth, who died in an Egyptian hospital in Cairo this morning.

‘‘On behalf of SPLM/SPLA-IO and South Sudanese people, I am conveying our deep condolences to his family, the members of the Revitalised Government of National Unity and to all members of the SPLM/SPLA-IO,’’ he stated in a press release.

He added, ‘‘Manawa was a strong student leader during his university days as well as a leader in the youth movement in Sudan. He was a committed nationalist. He was a strong believer in reform in the Republic of South Sudan. He was the SPLM-IO Chairman of the Committee for Information and Public Relations and a member of the SPLM-IO Political Bureau.’’  

Before his death on Friday, Manawa (pictured) was to table a report on the contentious Naam River dredging plan before the cabinet. The Minister of Environment, Josephine Napwon, was also expected to appear before the Council of Ministers over the same issue.

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