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South Sudanese rebels criticize Kenyan envoy’s remark


November 22, 2017 (KAMPALA) - The South Sudanese armed opposition official has criticized the Kenyan ambassador to Juba, Cleland Leshore, after the latter said Kenya would not host rebel groups from the young nation.

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Mabior John Garang de Mabior (File photo MC Clatchy Newspapers)

Mabior Garang, the opposition’s head of information and public relations, said Leshore’s remarks were “unsurprising” given Nairobi’s role in the deportation of dissidents opposed to the Juba regime.

“The SPLM/SPLA (IO) is surprised by the statements as this is already the status quo. The SPLM/SPLA (IO) has already been isolated by the region (IGAD) and our political leadership fled Kenya after James Gadet, Dong Samuel and Aggrey Idri, were kidnapped in Nairobi,” Garang said in a statement Sudan Tribune obtained.

On Tuesday, the Kenyan envoy to South Sudan said Kenya will not be a launching pad for rebels and called on the entire region to initiate similar steps to prevent threats imposed on the young nation.

According to Garang, the armed opposition faction has, on several occasions, boycotted meetings conducted in the Kenya, including the most recent gathering of South Sudanese opposition groups, which was held in the Kenyan town of Nyahururu in Laikipia county.

He says despite all the isolation coming from the region SPLM-IO for a year and half the war still escalating in the country.

“This is the fact that the African Union and a United Nations Panel of Experts have found that the peace [agreement] collapsed in July 2016, due to direct orders by President Salva Kiir to his army chief of general staff and director of internal security to attack the residence of the First Vice President”, further reads the statement.

The rebel official, however, said the armed opposition movement has survived isolation from the region and continues with its struggle against the Juba regime with the support of the civil population.

“We would like to assure our civil population in the cattle camps and villages of South Sudan, in the UNMISS [UN Mission in South Sudan] protection of civilian sites and in the refugee camps in neighboring countries, that we shall not abandon their cause in favor of a cheap agreement based on positions,” he stressed.

South Sudan is a strategic partner of Kenya and both nations have cultural similarities as many South Sudanese lived in Kenya before independence.

In 2005, Kenyan exports to South Sudan reportedly stood at US$57.6 million and increased to $144.5 million in 2008. In 2009, however, trade declined to $137.5 million but later picked up to a record $207.3 million in 2010.


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  • 23 November 2017 07:10, by Mayendit

    Mabior Garang.
    Shame on you man, have you real forgotten what happen to your Twic communities and the whole Bor in general. There are bad things, the former Nasir movement have had committed on June 1993. They repeated in Bor town in 2013, is the political matter than what had been done to your people? 59 women slaughter,Bri, gen, were murdered and young Dinka Bor were taken to unknown place.

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  • 23 November 2017 07:13, by deng

    Mabior hot tene yil yii ku duk kieu loi all people looking for their interest Kenya don’t benefit from war as you do so no agreement

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  • 23 November 2017 07:21, by Mayendit

    Shame on you Son of the SPLA/SPLM founder.

    Mabior Garang, we loved your late father Dr. John Garang de Mabior but there were many wrong done during the time he was in charged however, the people forgiven him so that, the movement will continues and this is how the successful came as a result of cooperative. Well, the Murle and Lou Nuers are the most problems to you guys than political issue.

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  • 23 November 2017 07:34, by Mayendit

    Mabior Garang Mabior.
    I know you had contributed nothing during the 21st of civil war in the Sudan not because of being a kid but because you were been taken to exile countries and hiding in there as a children of Chairman while, many underage were being orders by your late father to dies on war.Please focus on what you can do to protected unarmed civilians in Twic East communities from Murle

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  • 23 November 2017 07:36, by Eastern

    Mabior Garang, Kuir e Garang, Peter Mabior Riiny, etc are some the honest dinka people I have come around. Some of you are very simple tribal zealots. Tribal zealotry is driving South Sudan aground!

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  • 23 November 2017 07:56, by Mayendit

    Kenya and Uganda have shares the destruction and lives lost because of rebellion created by former vice president turned rebel leader Riek Machar. Maibir Garang, you must know that, the world are learning step by step about history rooting in South Sudan since the SPLA/M. Ethiopian Officials reported to world leaders that, Nuer tribe are trouble makers and others East Africa said same thing to

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  • 23 November 2017 08:30, by Landlord

    you are the only Guy reasoning the same with people however, the good and normal thinking humans from that end are just few. many crooks claiming to be the real SPLA of recent don’t even care for the nation. You will be great like your late father one day. God bless you for understanding the truths.

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  • 23 November 2017 16:05, by lino

    Junubeen you will stay Junubeen as your real enemy named you and you will always be understanding things in narrow way as your brains!!!
    I don’t think Mabior Garang as we knew him since mid 1990’s said something out of ordinary, but it us that stupid mentality that you all grown up with blocking you from seeing things in real way.

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    • 23 November 2017 16:12, by lino

      Mabior Garang has thrown away his tribal and next kin lenses many years ago even before the CPA was signed, but you guys keep wearing them, but your end is near. Old Mugabe should be a lesson for you. When you stay longer in power your brain stinks and you cannot bring forward new ideas just only destruction plans!!!
      Expect power fighting within your government soon leave along Dr. Riek for now!!

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