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South Sudan to hold memorial for veteran politician Gordan Muortat


By Manyang Mayom

August 5, 2009 (KHARTOUM) – A memorial service will be held in Juba on
Saturday, August 8 for a veteran Southern Sudanese politician who died
last year, Gordon Muortat Mayen.

Muortat’s burial in 2008 in Lakes state’s capital was attended by top
politicians including the Government of Southern Sudan President
(GOSS) Salva Kiir Mayardit, as well as his surviving colleagues from
the Anya-Anya guerrilla movement.

The family of late Gordon Muortat Mayen called upon entire Sudanese,
foreigners’ and late friends to attend his memorial services at 10:00
am in Nyakuron Culture Centre in the capital of Southern Sudan Juba;
the memorial service is expected to be attended by te GOSS president,
said the deceased’s son Pach Gordon Muortat.

Muortat was born in 1922 and became a founding member of Anya-Anya-1.
He led as Vice President of Southern Front in 1965. He also led the
delegations to the Southern Front Round Table Conference in 1954.
Muortat was appointed Minister of Public Works and Mineral Resources
in 1965 under the interim period of Ser Al-Khatim’s administration.

He joined the Anya-Anya-1 insurgency in 1967 before his position as
foreign minister in 1967. In 1969 he was appointed president of the
Nile Provisional government.

As the Anya-Anya-1 collapse, Gordon Muortat flow to the United Kingdom
with his family members and remained resident there, where he became a
senior secret advisor to late Dr. John Garang De Mabior, the SPLA

In the aftermath of the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement
(CPA) in 2005, Mayen returned home and he was appointed member of
Southern Sudan parliament. He was viewed as a strong elder of the
Rumbek community in Lakes state.


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  • 6 August 2009 10:28, by Mou Magok

    Dear southerners,

    If the death of Late Gordon Muortat asked the people of the Southern Sudan, I think we won’t accept it to happen at all. the Late Muortat was a historically politician who had played a very big role during struggle of Anya anya I and II. Late Mayen Stood firm with his agemate politicians during the two struggles until signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreemnet between the Southern Rebel (SPLM/A) and Sudan government in 2005.

    Dear Pach, if you are the only sibbling to Late Muortat or not we are all behind you don’t worry. "Death doesn’t destroy the family but mad destroys" keep on and follow the footstep of your father.


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