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Former Upper Nile state governor dies in Egypt after long illness

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January 14, 2014 (JUBA) - The former governor of South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, General Gatluak Deng Garang Alier, died on Monday in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, after a long illness, relatives said.

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Fomer Governor Gatluak Deng (L) with the Shuluk King (Rath) in his royal headquarters of Alak, Upper Nile (File photo – ST)

"It is [a] great sorrow to announce the death of our leader and hero Major General Gatluak Deng Garang, who lost his life on 13 January 2014 in Cairo Egypt", said a statement from his family.

The statement attributes the cause of the death to cancer. Garang travelled to Germany twice for medical treatment since the start of his illness.

He made a short trip to Cairo for medical treatment in December last year but he never returned to his home in Malakal.

Garang had previously been a close ally of Sudanese president Omer El-Bashir.

He was born in March 1953 in Nasir, which was then part of Sudan. After Sudan Military College he joined the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) where he became an airborne commissioned officer, from the Rank of second Lt-Major General.

He attended training courses in the United States and Saudi Arabia before beginning his political career, during which he held the following positions:

  • Governor of Greater Upper Nile Region: Khartoum, Sudan
  • Wally of the Greater Upper Nile State: Khartoum, Sudan
  • Federal Minister of Coordination of States’ Affairs: Khartoum, Sudan
  • Federal Minister of Health: Khartoum, Sudan
  • Federal Minister of Survey and Physical Development: Khartoum , Sudan
  • President of Southern Sudan Coordinating Council: Juba, Southern Sudan
  • Federal Minister of Animal Resources and Fisheries (GoNU): Khartoum , Sudan
  • Governor of Upper Nile State: Malakal, South Sudan

(ST)

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  • 15 January 2014 05:03, by Son of Ngundeng

    My condalance to the family of General Galuak Deng we will remember you every minuts and hours. R.I .P.

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    • 15 January 2014 05:37, by chol

      Sons of Ngundeng there is no resting in peace in hell.Machar and his followers will soon go to meet there FALSE prophet in hell.

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      • 15 January 2014 12:36, by Monydit

        General RIP but your Riekbaai Machar has use your Areas as military operation Zero in Nasir pls talk to your Nuers white Childrens Army to leave Riekbaai Machar alone in Nasir and let them Joint Their Govt and go back to their Home for the normal activities instead of them Died everyday in the Bush and shamme on your white Childrens Army

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    • 15 January 2014 05:46, by Malakal county Simon

      Great loss indeed to our nation and particularly to tribe, and his family.... We will dearly miss you Gatdeng, May his soul rest in eternal peace!!!!

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      • 15 January 2014 05:47, by Malakal county Simon

        I mean to Nuer tribe...

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  • 15 January 2014 05:39, by Bentiu son

    RIP Lt General South Sudan hero Gatluak Deng Garang.We will miss you badly but God gives n takes.My condolence to his family,closes n extended relatives n friends across South Sudan.I remember the late Gatluak Deng’s firm stood when Sadig El Mahdi organized Majaadiin to burn Upper Nile liaison office in Khartoum in 1987 where we clashed n defeated them during their protest with our white arms

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  • 15 January 2014 08:58, by choldit

    May the dear lord rest his soul in peace! My condolence to his immediate family members and the Jikany communities in particular and South Sudan in General. Gen. Gatluak Deng is a fallen hero!

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  • 15 January 2014 12:17, by Marco Bul

    Gatluak Deng Garang originated in Twic East County, Lith Payam(Wernyol) from Adhiøøk subclan.He has been fooling Nuer till his death(RIP).The following are Dinka:Riek Machar(Hol),Riek Gai(Kongoor),Nyuon(Ngok/Hol),Manyiel Kueeth(Bor South) and...who else??

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  • 15 January 2014 18:02, by Kim Deng

    Persons of the Dinka decent form probably at least half the population of most [Nuer] sub-tribes. These Dinka are either children of captives or immigrants who have been brought up as Nuer, or are themselves captives and immigrants who are residing permanently among Nuer. They are “Jaang-Nath,” “Dinka-Nuer,” and, it is said, “caa Naath,” “they have become Nuer.”

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