Juba, June 27, 2019 (SSNA) — South Sudan’s government has seized the passport of former petroleum minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth and barred him from leaving Juba, a South Sudanese legal analyst told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) on Thursday.
The analyst, who is also a lawyer explains to the SSNA that South Sudan National Security agents took Ezekiel’s passport and other important documents and that the agents also told the former minister that he is banned from leaving the country.
On Tuesday, President Salva Kiir said Ezekiel Lol must be investigated over questionable oil deals signed during his time as the minister of petroleum. Ezekiel has also been accused of constantly traveling to foreign countries without government knowledge.
There are rumors that Ezekiel colluded with the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai when he was the minister.
The South Sudan News Agency was also told that the political faction led by Taban has divided itself into small groups, further weakening the First Vice President political ambition. The analyst described Taban and his followers as “politically dead.”