South Sudan state minister dies in Kenya, days after her mother

Central Equatoria state minister of Finance, Planning and Investment Diana Susu Hassan/ FACEBOOK

A South Sudanese state official has died in Kenya, where she had sought treatment.

Central Equatoria state minister of Finance, Planning and Investment Diana Susu Hassan died on Monday morning at The Mater Hospital in Nairobi, where she had travelled in February for medical attention.

Hassan was appointed minister on February 20, 2021.

“I direct all the state institutions to fly the state flag at haft-mast. I called upon South Sudanese and the people of Central Equatoria state to put the family of the late minister in their prayers,” Central Equatoria minister of Information Paulino Lokudu announced on Monday on behalf of Governor Emmanuel Adil.

Lokudu said the cause of death is not yet clear, but he revealed that Diana’s health had deteriorated after the death of her mother in February.

The 48-year-old minister, is survived by two boys — 14 and 7 year old — and was also expecting twins, according to Lokudu.

Hassan was the daughter of the late legislator Mary Kiden, who died in Nairobi on February 8 this year. She had been brought to The Nairobi Hospital a week earlier and placed in ICU.

She is said to have died of “severe pneumonia and a bit of infection”. South Sudan media outlet Juba News reported she had succumbed to Covid-19.

Kiden served as the first Minister for Gender, Social Welfare and Religious Affairs of the semi-autonomous government of Southern Sudan from 2005-09, and until her death served as MP representing Constituency no. 10,  Kajo-Keji county of Central Equatoria State.

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