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Rebecca Garang says not consulted before appointment into dialogue body

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Kenyan President Kenyatta shakes hands with Rebecca Garang and other S. Sudan leaders. on 25 June 2015 (Photo PSCU)
April 26, 2017 (JUBA)- Rebecca Nyandeng, the opposition figure and widow of the late SPLM leader John Garang de Mabior, said she got the information about her appointment into the national dialogue committee through media.

“I did not know anything about this appointment into the national dialogue. I just heard it in the media”, Rebecca told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

The former presidential advisor said she was still considering what to do, stressing that a successful national dialogue should be inclusive for all the stakeholders.

Mrs Garang further said a genuine and meaningful dialogue was the only way to salvage the situation the country was going through. She reiterated a call for unity of purpose, saying the country was bigger than individuals.

“I want the people of South Sudan to unite and speak with one voice, the voice of reason. Our unity can be the biggest and strongest weapon with which we can address the situation,” she stressed.

In August 2014, President Kiir dismissed his advisor on gender issues and human rights, for her support to calls for democratic reforms. At the time, presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny said Nyandeng had been "working for the downfall of the government" and should have been fired long ago.

Former south Sudanese deputy defence minister Majak D’ Agoot, a prominent of the former political detainee said his colleague, Kosti Manibe, was also appointed without prior knowledge.

It was not immediately clear whether Kosti, unlike Nyandeng, who said was not consulted, was appointed through an intermediary role. Majak asserts that the appointments into the committee should have been made in a way that reflects the interest of the group than individuals.

The officials were reacting to the decision of President Kiir on Tuesday evening reconstituting the membership of the National Dialogue Steering Committee after the co-chair of the committee, Retired Roman Catholic Bishop Paride Taban, declined the appointment in March.

The newly reconstituted dialogue body will now be jointly co- chaired by Abel Alier and Angelo Beda. The vice chair would be Gabriel Yol Dok Bona Malual Madut with Francis Mading Deng acting as the rapporteur and former Fashoda governor William Othon as a deputy rapporteur.

Several prominent members of each community across South Sudan were appointed to the steering committee. Notable members from Aweil community includes Gen. Kawac Makuei Mayar, Gen. Albino Akol Akol, Garang Deng Aguer.Arthur Akuein Chol Kuol Athian Mawien, Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey, Edward Lual Deng Khon, Lily Albino Akol and South Sudan youth Union president Bol Dhieu.

Figures from other communities were Gen. James Hoth Mai, Gen. Pieng Deng Kuol, Sheikh Juma Musa Said, Joseph Ukel Obango, former Central Equatoria state governor, who is now the presidential advisor on special affairs, Clement Wani Konga and several religious leaders.

Foreign nationals appointed to the Steering Committee of the National Dialogue include Bethwel Kiplagat, General Lazaro Sumbeiywo and Reverend Samuel Kobia representing Kenya.

General Sumbeiywo was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta in December 2013 as a peace mediator for South Sudan. Sumbeiyo was the chief mediator of the 2005 peace agreement that ended the more the two-decade north- South conflict.

All the neighbouring countries will have a representative in the steering committee and the secretariat will comprise two members each from the Centre for Peace and Development Studies, Ebony Centre and three members of the South Sudan Council of Churches and a member of the Islamic Council.

The SPLM In Opposition calls for a new peace process to stop the war and ensure the implementation of August 2015 peace agreement, adding that the revived agreement would provide the roadmap for a national dialogue.

Last March, the Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Juba, Reverend Santo Laku Pio called to create a conducive environment for the political process and to release political prisoners and other detainees who are arrested without trial.

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  • 27 April 01:30, by john akeen

    Ms.Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior need to stop following those nonsense politicians like Riek Machar Pagan Amum Lam Akol and all of those dangerous politicians and go work with president Kiir to build the nation’s that her husband had left behind without the government. setting up a new nation and a new government is the hurter thing in this world

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    • 27 April 07:21, by Manyngoo

      Is Rebecca a politician? mmmmmm. Can’t build even her village leave alone the whole country. No body believes in her except her relatives.

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    • 27 April 11:30, by Dengda

      John Akeen
      "build the nation’s that her husband had left behind without the government" now you have government, so go ahead with the government formed by Kiir and greater bar el ghel tugs and called it a government and country. Better learn fairness guys from Warrap and Aweil.

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      • 27 April 23:25, by john akeen

        Mr. Dengdo
        I’m not here to talk about politics or to argue about what politics do because I don’t have any room for politics, all I want to say is that setting up a new nation & a new government in this world is not an easy thing to do, because being a first president for the new nations is not like being a new president for the old nations that whose is already has an experience>>>

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        • 27 April 23:58, by john akeen

          So I’m not here to talk about states history or about SPLA or SPLM history because those stories will not help South Sudanese peoples to move forward it will help them to move backward. South Sudanese people they don’t want to hear about stories, all they want to hear is there is peace in their country so that way they can be able to move their country forward not backward

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  • 27 April 01:49, by Kush Natives

    That’s so embarrassing for the president to appoint someone that’s not informed. Where are we really dragging this country into? Why president Kiir running after the rebels? Isn’t a big humiliation to you now? Why are you trying to run this country upside down? I don’t think that you’re the one running this country, somebody else is running this country by remote control.

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    • 27 April 07:09, by Malakal county Simon

      That’s what i thought few days ago.... This unwanted president is so delusional!! How could you appointed some one who is not in your camp???? It’s pathetic at its best!! Unwanted president S. kiir is the problem and also the solution, he must go for a better South Sudan....

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      • 27 April 07:49, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Malakal county simon, what ever you call yourself, Pres. Salva Kiir Mayardit shouldn,t leave s.sudanse divided on tribal line, he should unite us first, in ever way posible. You keeps saying unwanted president Kiir but why are you vote him in first place?

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        • 27 April 12:02, by Malakal county Simon

          G A T

          I never thought that this man called Kiir could betrayed me and start killings his voters for no apparent reason.... Shame on hime for distorying our beloved country to the level being mockery by other East African countries....

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      • 27 April 08:09, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Malakal county simon, what camp are you talking about? S.sudanse should come togather to speak one voice for peace reather then war. Your Machar should denounce violenc and join national dialogue to avoid further bloodshed in country.

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        • 27 April 14:06, by Eastern

          Garang Akeen Tong,

          Dr. Machar was chased from Juba and pursued for 40 days and nights in the jungles of Equatoria until he was rescued by UN in DR Congo. All this happened at the watch of South Sudanese including you! Those opposed to Kiir want want answers from Kiir why the reservations he raised during the signing of ARCISS is now more important than working with his bitter enemy for peace?

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          • 27 April 14:11, by Eastern

            Remember, peace is not implemented by friends but enemies. Taban Deng Gai is a friend of Kiir so what is happening between them is not peace implementation of deluding South Sudanese by postponing more problems for the future. Leave Dr. Machar who is very far in South Africa alone; address the real issues on which Kiir and Taban are sitting!!!!

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    • 27 April 08:27, by Eastern

      Kush Natives,

      Have you just woken up from your slumber? You you were myopically being led by Kiir until when he now decrees appointments without thinking!

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    • 28 April 00:07, by john akeen

      Mr. Kush Natives
      all I want to ask is that,did Mrs.Rebecca Garang got the message?

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  • 27 April 01:55, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    South Sudan peace is our paramount things.Lets it not be paradoxical! We should take it seriously n do it amicable. This peace should not be done in the way we play some of the games where one place some cards on the table and place the dangerous one down under! We should also be careful with any offensive language use and adopted the language of peace with open dialogue without hatred, we also ne

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    • 27 April 02:22, by Kush Natives

      Don-Don Malith Rual,
      Nobody’s against peace at all, all we needs is communications, we needs to communicate. Mr. President Salva Kiir should consult with the committee or whoever he happen to appoint. We shouldn’t put politics into this peace dialogue, this peace is concerns all of us. Everyone is affected by the current war.

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      • 27 April 05:06, by Eyez

        Kiir mus be the most foolish person alive or the alcohol is impairing his clouded cow-dunk brains. How can he appoint people without their knowledge, does he think its a cattle camp dialogue or luak dispute settlement meeting?
        One wonders if an arrogant, stupid and alcoholic idiot like Kiir, even thinks about what he says, before hand. So stuff his fake Dialogue.
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      • 27 April 06:50, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        Another side of the truth, as it was said by the man whose wife was lost in the wilderness, Consultation or without consultation I belief none of them will deny the peace! But with due respect mama Nations should have been contacted first to get prepared, let ’s assume she is aware and let ’s go for it.
        I belief those of traditional chiefs be involve at the grass root level, they will guide

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  • 27 April 07:36, by Bol Malual

    I am not aware of anyone ever appointed in the government of South Sudan with their knowledge, May be only close people ot the president would know that they would be appointed. No one ever knows. I am sure majority of these people have no idea that they would be there. In same way, they will not be informed when they are removed from office. Typical!

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  • 27 April 09:36, by Sunday Junup

    She needs to tell us clearly that she rejected the appointment or what she say here is crocodile tears. Kiir is working to bring all dinka together under Jieng Council of Evil (JCE)

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    • 27 April 18:40, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      @Sunday Junup

      South Sudan is a country and we all are expected to loves and work for it development or progress.leave all u are obsessed with(so called Dinka vs Nuer) nobody is fighting Nuer.have u seen Gelweng in your area yet? I think No! Please stop nonsenses.

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