South Sudan police shake-up


South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has sacked several top police generals, including the police chief and his deputy, local media reports say.

The dismissals come after Mr Kiir agreed to give the interior ministry – which is in charge of policing – to rebels as part of a peace deal brokered by regional mediators.

Police chief Pieng Deng Kuol and his deputy, Andrew Kuol Nyuon, have been replaced with Makur Arol and Biel Ruot respectively.

The two sides held talks in the capital, Juba, where they reached an agreement on sharing portfolios in a new unity government.

The government got 16 ministries, including finance, defence and national security, while the rebels got 10, including petroleum, interior and humanitarian affairs.

Former political detainees got foreign affairs and transport, while opposition parties were given cabinet affairs and agriculturey

Conflict broke out in 2013 in the world’s newest state after Mr Kiir accused his sacked deputy, Riek Machar, of plotting a coup.

Mr Machar denied the allegation, but then formed a rebel army to fight the government.