Unity State Agriculture Minister Laid To Rest

The people of Unity State are mourning the death of the State Minister of Agriculture and Forestry the late Both Puok Baluang who passed away in an Indian hospital on the 8th of January 2012 after a long illness.

By Luk Riek Nyak
BENTIU, 19th January 2012 [Gurtong] - The people of Unity State are mourning the death of their Minister of Agriculture and Forestry the late Both Puok Baluang who passed away in an Indian hospital on the 8th of January 2012 after a long illness.

The 48 years old late minister was before his demise admitted in a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya for seven months and was later on referred to India for further treatment before he succumbed.

On the 11th of January 2012 his family, relatives and the people of Unity State received his body after a 4 days journey from India for burial in his home land.

The body of the late was received at the Rukona Airport by the State officials including the Deputy Governor Mr. William Daud Riek and the Speaker of the Unity State Legislative Assembly among others.

The remains were then taken to the Presbyterian church for his send off service and prayers before burial.

Speaking during the church session, the late minister’s sister said that, “we the brothers and the sisters of the late should not weep much because the one who created him is the one who took him away from us...let us pray that the almighty God rest his soul in peace.”

The late Minister was one of the top SPLM liberation councils in Unity State after his long service as the deputy Commissioner of Leer and Rubkona many years ago.

Unity State has witnessed death robbing its top government officials since 2011 began. While the people of South Sudan were celebrating the 9th of January holiday, Unity State citizens were mourning the death their minister.

John Both Puok was appointed as the state Minister of Agriculture after the 2010 general elections.

The Unity State Governor declared Friday 13th January 2012 as a day of mourning across the oil-producing State.

The late minister died of lung cancer ,the State Minister of Information and Communication, Gideon Gatpan Thoar, said on Bentiu radio.

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