Jimmy Lemi Milla
Jimmy Lemi Milla
|Minister for Co-operatives and Rural Development|
2010 – 9 February 2011
|President||Salva Kiir Mayardit|
|Preceded by||Anne Itto|
|Born||August 8, 1948
|Died||February 9, 2011
Juba, Southern Sudan
|Political party||National Congress Party,
then Sudan People's Liberation Movement
|Alma mater||Makerere University|
Milla studied at Makerere University in Uganda, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973. He subsequently studied in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for a Diploma in Aviation, which he obtained in 1976. In 1980, he obtained a Certificate in Mass Communication from the Khartoum School of Mass Communication.
He began his political career in his home state of Central Equatoria, serving at different times as Minister for Education and deputy Governor of the state government, as well as chairman of the State Human Rights Commission. He has also been Assistant Commissioner for Culture and Information in Eastern Equatoria, and Director of Information and Press Secretary to the President of the High Executive Council of Southern Sudan.
He was initially a member of the National Congress Party, Sudan's ruling conservative party, but joined the Sudan People's Liberation Movement, the dominant party in Southern Sudan, following the latter's Comprehensive Peace Agreement with the Sudanese government in 2005.
In 2010, he was appointed Minister for Co-operatives and Rural Development in the government of autonomous Southern Sudan, replacing Anne Itto, who had been promoted Minister for Agriculture. He also represented the constituency of Lainy in the Legislative Assembly of Southern Sudan. Milla was still holding that position in government when, on 7 February 2011, the result of the Southern Sudanese independence referendum was announced, indicating that Southern Sudan would become an independent State.
Two days after announcing the Southern Sudanese independence referendum, Milla and his bodyguard were shot dead inside his ministry building, reportedly by Milla's driver. The reason for the murder was said to be "personal rather than political".
- Biography on the website of the government of Southern Sudan
- "Southern Sudan minister Jimmy Lemi Milla shot dead", BBC, 9 February 2011.
- "Late Minister Lemi to be Laid to Rest at Home Town", Sudan Catholic Radio Network, February 10, 2011
- "South Sudan minister shot dead in Juba: SPLA", Agence France-Presse, 9 February 2011.
- Members of the Legislative Assembly of Southern Sudan