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S. Sudan president sacks Garang’s widow from advisory role

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August 20, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir Mayardit, issued a surprise decree on Wednesday sacking Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, the widow of the late John Garang, founding leader of the country’s ruling party (SPLM).

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Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior has been sacked from her position as presidential adviser on human rights and gender affairs

De Mabior was a long-serving adviser to the president on human rights and gender affairs.

The presidential order was broadcast on state-owned (SSTV. The reasons behind the decision remain unknown.

However, critics of the government say the decision shows the extent of political differences that have arisen over the president’s management of the party and national affairs since Kiir took over leadership.

There was also speculation the decision was related to de Mabior’s close alliance with former vice-president Riek Machar’s rebel faction, although she later distanced herself after conflict broke out in mid-December last year.

De Mabior was among a number of senior SPLM members, including Machar, current vice-president James Wani Igga and former secretary-general Pagan Amum Okiech, who indicated their interest in contesting Kiir for the position of party chairperson.

While Igga later retracted his decision, saying he wouldn’t run for chairperson if Kiir remained interested in the same position, the other three officials said they would go ahead.

The agenda for discussion at a general convention for the political bureau, the highest executive organ in the organisational structure of the party, was subject to lengthy delays.

Several attempts were made to hold the meeting without success, generating suspicion and confusion among members of the leadership council.

In November 2013, one month before the political dispute within the SPLM turned violent, president Kiir ruled that the term of all elective structures of the ruling party had expired with the exception of his office due to the failure to hold the May 2013 national convention.

De Mabior was among a group of disgruntled senior members of the leadership council who held a press conference on 6 December 2013 challenging the president’s decision and warning against taking unilateral actions without consultation.

Igga subsequently responded with a press conference of his own on 8 December, describing the former officials as prophets of doom.

In earlier comments at an ordinary convention in October 2013, Kiir made reference to a 1991 split, saying he would not allow a similar incident to occur while he was president.

Violence erupted on 15 December in the capital, Juba, among forces of the presidential guard, before spreading to other regions throughout the country.

De Mabior said at the time that Kiir’s refusal to allow internal reform in the country’s ruling party and his subsequent decision to sack Machar and disarm Nuer soldiers from his presidential guards, triggered the conflict.

Mama Nation, as many refer to her, was also among a group of 11 disenchanted senior SPLM members aligned with Machar.

De Mabior, who hails from the Dinka Bor of Twic East county, served as
the minister of roads and transports in the Southern Sudan government prior to becoming a presidential advisor.

She left South Sudan in January and now lives in self-imposed exiled in Kenya, where she hosts a number of TV segments critical of Kiir’s governance.

The fighting in South Sudan has pitted government troops loyal to Kiir against pro-Machar rebels, reigniting tribal tensions across the country.

Thousands have been killed as a result of the conflict, while over a million people have been displaced, many of whom have fled to neighbouring countries.

Ongoing peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, have so far failed to yield a lasting political settlement to the crisis despite mounting international pressure.

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  • 21 August 06:14, by Malakal county Simon

    Tells the truth you will be sack, Kiir law/democracy in South Sudan!!!!!! Anyway, she will be reinstate soon!!

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    • 21 August 07:12, by Chol A.

      She is second wife to Dr.hopeless, Nyandeng had no right to hold this position because his second husband and his drugs addicted son rebelled against thesame party her first husband was founder. Nyandeng and his son are too blind to follow Garang legacy and she has to go to held.

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      • 21 August 07:49, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        Nyandeng
        would have been sacked last yr when she opened her mouth to speak
        poisonous tribal words that resulted into killing of innocent Dinka in
        Bor, Bentiu, Malakal, Nasir & Akobo UNMISS compound. It’s all
        ’sacked’ who ’became rebels.’ This indicates a power struggle
        rebellion. B’se nobody resign, if it was about bad govt &
        dictatorship but instead it’s bad when sacked.

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        • 21 August 08:05, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

          Anyway
          Nyandeng being the wife of our hero Dr. John Garang, we
          maimtain/control our emotions & keep respecting her in the name of
          Dr. John Garang but she must be put aside due to her confused mentality.

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          • 21 August 08:23, by Malakal county Simon

            Shadrack Nuer!!

            Why so ashamed to the externed that you denied your tribe, anyway, welcome to land!!

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      • 21 August 07:56, by Malakal county Simon

        Chol A

        Did you said Nyadeng and his son?? If I were you I should not rushed and post what I have wrote before reread it first!! Anyway, we are all learning the so called English, so no big deal!!

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        • 21 August 10:03, by South South

          Malakal County Simon,

          Please read your English first before attacking others. You said: "If I were you I should not rushed". No big deal with due respect.

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      • 21 August 08:19, by Ayom Ayom

        I think she was relieved from her position base on her request

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      • 21 August 12:38, by Mr Point

        Under John Garang the SPLM was a growing and inclusive political force.

        Now Kiir has forced out the Garang boys, Garang’s widows, and anyone who has any difference of opinion with him. Kir can not tolerate dissent.

        Kir split the party and he split the country.

        Kiir’s SPLM is now only a Juba Faction. For political reform you have to look elsewhere.

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    • 21 August 08:04, by Big Boy

      Dear Nyan,
      Camrade Nyandeng with his son Mabior things can never changed you have been stupid and you will stay stupid all your life..embarrassing either RSS or Bor Communities,you cannot remove elected from their office because a fictional rules from thousands of peoples who elected him. Last but not least, I hope you and your family are safe and well and remain so through this terrible time.

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    • 21 August 09:18, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      I blame my president Kiir, for his long allowing the late Garang, madam, to damaged south Sudan political fundamental with her seasonally gennocidial Riek Machar, he should have to take action very early against criminals actor or actress in order to avoid the fall of country.

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    • 21 August 14:11, by Mayom County Boy

      Yes Mr president you have right to sack Mrs Nyadeng Garang De Mabior because she is supporting rebel leader Riek Machar , enough is enough for her to hold that position of goverment of Republic of south sudan , I am sure Riek can retain her brother wife for an other position in the bush .

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    • 21 August 20:01, by Force 1

      Nyandeeng is highly irrational and an embarrassment to South Sudan, a good idea to kicked her loss and be a concubine to other men she chose to be with!

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  • 21 August 06:20, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    fire-squad would be a better cure for her stupidity.

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  • 21 August 07:47, by michael coma

    Give her time to cool down her mind from stresses.Nyandeng has over dosed her mind with poor politic that her husband Dr.Garang ever tried in his life.Nyandeng still mother of Nation whether she has done mistake or not.

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    • 21 August 07:54, by Chol A.

      Micheal, South Sudanese people were respected Nyandeng more than Kiir before crises but she now too bitch to be respected because she lay Garang party badly. Please I wish Nyandeng could have crash to death rather than Garang.

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      • 21 August 08:00, by Malakal county Simon

        Warning!! Imposing Kiir against South Sudanese wishes, will cause you live soon!!

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        • 21 August 08:27, by Martin

          Simon,

          Kiir is the President of South Sudan whether you like or not. Lives have been lost already,and don’t talk about it now. If I were the President, I would have allowed genocide to happen so that people would know who is who, and to stop these unnecessary cycles of rebellions. Rwanda is now every peaceful country in Africa. Belief it or not Riek will not Rule South Sudan thru election.

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    • 21 August 08:02, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Nyandeng is a smart and wealthy women, I don’t know why she bother herself about the current political maneuvers. her interview broadcast of December 16 had caused lives of some people especially in Bortown. she needs to fess up and apologize to her people.

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  • 21 August 09:03, by wang

    Leave Madam Nyandeng alone from that drama Dinka boys or Mrs. kiir supporters…she has hand resigned from that position ages ago….no one wants to work with Killers Kiir….

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  • 21 August 09:12, by Thondet Manyang

    She will gain nothing but rebellion. Keep her away from this country. Thanks Mr. President for being patient for her. Nyadeng has been Riek’s second wife so she never understand you. Mabior the drug dealer has nothing to do with father Legacy. Again, it is not Garang family alone that can rule this country in oder to be in peace. Stupid lady!!!

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  • 21 August 09:43, by tootke’bai-ngo

    GOOD!!!!
    NYANDENG GARANG, YOU ARE THE SYMBOL OF THE NATION. YOU SHOW THE WORLD THAT S. SUDAN IS NOT SOME TRIBAL JUNGLE WHERE ANYONE CAN JUST KILL AT FREE WILL WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE. THIS IN THE POLITIC WHERE NO ONE IS ABOVE THE COUNTRY OR IRRESPLACEABLE INCLUDING KIIR HIMSELF. AND THAT WILL BE THE NEXT STEP TO REPLACE KIIR INORDER FOR PEACE TO COME. IS OK TO LOSS YOUR POSITION, NOT NATION AS KIIR DO

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  • 21 August 10:10, by tootke’bai-ngo

    CHOL A.
    PLEASE REFRAIN FROM SUCH NONESENSE ACUSSATION OF OUR BELOVED MOTHER OF NATION. MAMA NYANDENG IS NOT A SECOND WIFE TO NOBODY. SHE STAYED FAITHFUL TO HER LATE HUSBAND THROUGHOUT THE STRUGGLE’S HISTORY AND FTER HIS DEATH. IF YOU WANT TO FIND SOME BETRAYALS, GO TO KIIR MAYARDIT’S COMPOUND AND YOU WILL FIND ALL KIND OF PROTITUTES WITH ALL KIND OF BASTARDS. PLEASE! STOP, MORE IS KNEW.

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    • 21 August 10:37, by Chol A.

      @tootke’bai-ngo, do you know why Nyadeng attacking Kiir’s leadership?
      Please fact need to be told because Nyadeng felt jealous about Kiir as he refused to take over Garang house when he dead like what Bashir and Dr Hopeless done to her. Many people knew what Nyandeng had done with Riek but fool like you never know because you foolish! Nyandeng and son joint Riek because he will reveal secrets.

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      • 21 August 10:50, by Malakal county Simon

        Assumption!! That what you good at hehe??

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  • 21 August 20:18, by Kerem

    Nyandeng is just a confused woman and she does not know what to advise the president on. she was just kept there to feed her orphans including mabior who later discovered that Riek was giving more than Salva

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  • 23 August 00:47, by tootke’bai-ngo

    KEREM AND CHOL A.
    WHO IN HIS/HER RIGHT MIND COULD BE JEOLOUS OF KIIR LEADERSHIP? THE TRIBAL, INCOMPETANCE AND DIVISIVE LEADERSHIP WHICH HAVE DESTROYED SPLA,SPLM PARTY AND NOW THE WHOLE COUNTRY. NYANDENG IS MORE THAN YOU THINK, SHE IS NOT A TRASH YOU THINK SHE IS. ALL KINDS OF PROSTITUTES ARE AVAILABLE IN KIIR’S PALACE OR MOTEL HOME. DO YOUR RESEARCH AND YOU WILL LEAVE NYANDENG ALONE. MORE IS KNOWN

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