Presidents Kiir, El Sisi mourn late water Minister Peter Gatkuoth

Presidents Kiir, El Sisi mourn late water Minister Peter Gatkuoth
Late Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Peter Gatkuoth passed on on Sunday, June 19 while receiving treatment in Egypt. [Courtesy]

Messages of condolence continuous to poor in following the untimely demise of Water Resources and Irrigatin Minister Peter Gatkuoth on Sunday, June 19.

Gatkuoth died in Egypt where he was flown to last Friday, for urgent medical attention after his condition deteriorated the day before.

President Salva Kiir and Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi joined fellow South Sudanese in mourning the death of the ex-minister.

“On behalf of my family, the government and the people of South Sudan, I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family, his colleagues in the cabinet, his staff in the ministry of Water Resources and irrigation, his community and all South Sudanese that are affected by his sudden departure,” President Kiir’s press statement reads.

Kiir condoled Gatkuoth as a leader in his own right who will be remembered for his struggle for the youth movement and the political scene.

“As we mourn him, let us all stand in solidarity with the late Peter Gatkuot Gual family, the colleagues of Manawa in the SOLM-IO and the members of the greater Lou Community. I pray that God the Almight gives his family and all South Sudanese who are affected by his death the consolation they need to cope with his immense loss. “With my deepest sympathies,” the statement added.

President El-Sisi described Gatkuoth as a “loyal nationalist” who worked closely with Egyptian government on mutual areas of interest.

“Gatkuoth was one of the loyal nationalists in the African, who gave his life defending his homeland’s issues.

“He was keen to continue communication and joint work with Egyptian officials to coordinate positions towards the whole case of mutual interest, which contributed to strengthening the relationship between the two brotherly countries.

“I pray that God Almighty has mercy on the deceased, and his family,” El-Sisi said through Egyptian government spokesperson.