Joseph Bol body arrives in Juba

Joseph Bol body arrives in Juba
The Late the former President of the Council of State Joseph Bol Chan (photo credit: courtesy)

The body of the late the former President of the Council of States Joseph Bol Chan was received yesterday at Juba International Airport by the government officials and the family.

Bol died of a heart attack in a hospital in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, where he had gone to receive further medication.

Bol’s body arrived in Juba in the presence of tight security and high-ranking government officials at the airport yesterday morning.

Some of the leaders who were present include Vice President Taban Deng Gai, Speaker of Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly Jemma Nunu Kumba, Chief Justice Chan Reech Madut, the Governor of Central Equatoria State Emmanuel Adil Anthony, Deputy Speaker of Council of State, Mary Ayen Majok.

The Central Equatoria State governor Emmanuel Adil Anthony described the late former speaker as a multi-talented individual who contributed massively to the development of the country through steering the legislative arm of the government.

“At this time of sadness, I pray that God gives you courage and solace as you mourn your beloved father and a leader with an outstanding personality during his active days in the public sector,’’ Adil said in his condolence message.

According to the statement from the family members, Bol developed serious sickness on Wednesday last week and was taken to the Intensive Care Unit but failed to make it because of a heart attack. He died at around 4:30 PM.

“His death is a great loss to the family and the entire people of Upper Nile and South Sudan at large,” Johnny Saverio, a family spokesperson was quoted saying.   

The late Bol was born in 1949 in Lol Village in Fashoda County of Upper Nile State. He started his Primary School and Secondary School in Upper Nile State. 

Education and profession

He was a graduate of University in Hungary in Europe and after the completion of his studies; he worked as a journalist for an English Newspaper in  

Malakal. He was Editor-Chief of English speaking Al-Mirror Newspaper.

Bol held several government positions in Sudan including the position of the Deputy Governor of Upper Nile State before the independence of South Sudan. He also served as the minister in several states in Sudan.

He also worked in the government of the Late Jamafar Nimeiri in the regional government in Southern Sudan. After the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement 2005, he became a Member of Parliament.   

Later after the independence of South Sudan and the formation of the Council of State, he became the first Speaker. He left behind him a wife and nine sons, daughters, and grandchildren.