August 1, 2010 (Nairobi) -- Dr. Samson L. Kwaje, the minister of agriculture and forestry in the semi-autonomous Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) has died in Nairobi, Kenya.
Late Kwaje joined SPLM/A in early 1990s. At the time of his service with the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), he was an active member and later on became the official spokesperson for the movement.
Kwaje, a pojulu by tribe, hails from greater Central Equatorial State. He was a prominent figure within Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) and member of Political Bureau, SPLM’s highest decision making body.
Dr. Samson Kwaje was also part of the SPLM/A negotiating team that helped brokered the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005.
He (Kwaje) holds a doctorate degree (PhD) in Agriculture.
“South Sudan has lost one of its dear great leaders. The name of the Dr. Samson Kwaje has been added to the list and names of martyrs, heroes and heroines who were martyred for freedom and justice”, Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) president Salva Kiir Mayardit, was quoted by Larco Lomayat as saying.
Kwaje was the campaign manager for Salva Kiir’s successful April presidential bid.
The late Southern figure died in Nairobi, Kenya. The cause of his death is yet to be known.