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It is with the utmost regret and deepest sorrow that we announce the untimely demise of the Chair of our Nile Council of Ministers (Nile-COM), Honourable Manawa Peter Gatkuoth, who was the Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation of the Republic of South Sudan.

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The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) fraternity received official notification on Hon. Manawa Peter Gatkuoth’s untimely departure from Mr. Emmanuel Ladu Parmernas, the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation in Juba, Republic of South Sudan on June 19, 2022. We were duly informed that Hon. Gatkuoth took ill on Wednesday June 15, and was flown to Egypt on June 17, after not showing clear signs of improvement. He passed away early on Sunday morning, on June 19.

Hon. Manawa Gatkuoth became Nile-COM Member for the Republic of South Sudan in March 2020 and assumed the position of Chairperson during the 29th Nile-COM meeting, which was held in Juba in November 2021. As Chair of the Nile-COM, Hon. Manawa Gatkuoth was the head of the NBI’s highest political and decision-making body, comprising of ministers in charge of Water Affairs in the Nile Basin Member States. The position of chair rotates among the Nile Basin Member States on an annual basis.

His assumption of the position of chair is a continued testament to the great strides the youngest Nile Basin Member State (Republic of South Sudan achieved independence in 2011) has made in the past years and also demonstrates the Republic of South Sudan’s commitment to play an active role in NBI’s Shared Vision Objective, “To achieve sustainable socio-economic development through the equitable utilization of, and benefit from, the common Nile Basin water resources.”

The tragic death of Hon. Manawa Gatkuoth has reverberated not only with the Government and the citizens of the Republic of South Sudan, but also within the NBI as an institution as well as the Nile Basin.

Hon. Manawa Gatkuoth will be fondly remembered for his strong leadership in promoting Nile cooperation.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.