South Sudan governor fired after teak wood exposé


By FRED OLUOCH
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The governor for Yei River State in South Sudan, Frank Matata, has been suspended for alleged illegal trading in timber.

In a letter dated October 21, Riek Machar, the leader of the South Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO), claims that Mr Matata has been involved in illegal lumbering.

An investigation committee has been formed to look into the allegations after revoking the governor’s immunity.

Mr Matata was recently exposed in a documentary by Kenyan journalist John Allan Namu, where he conceded that he has been dealing in the rare teak wood, whose lumbering is restricted worldwide.

In the documentary The Axe Forgets: The Tree Remembers, Mr Matata was secretly recorded demanding $30,000 as a bribe for himself and some Ugandan…

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