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Son of the late Garang calls for release of detained officials


December 17, 2013 (JUBA)- The eldest son of the founding leader of South Sudan’s governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Mabior John Garang de Mabior, has called for the release of senior party officials held on suspicion of involvement in Sunday night’s “coup attempt” in Juba.

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

In a post on his Facebook page on Tuesday, Mabior said the continued detention of officials could plunge the country into a full-scale war.

He also accused president Salva Kiir’s administration of fermenting tribal rifts to strengthen his grip on power beyond 2015.

“The so called coup was an inside job designed to ferment tribal divisions”, Mabior wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

His views echo those expressed by his mother, Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, herself a senior government official, who has repeatedly criticised Kiir’s management of the country’s affairs.

“The 13 political prisoners are the senior SPLM members that represent all the regions of the Republic of South Sudan. They are not Nuer politicians, as Salva Kiir’s propaganda is trying to depict”, he said.

Thirteen senior officials have been arrested over allegations they were behind a plot to overthrow the government, with Kiir blaming forces loyal to his former deputy, Riek Machar.

Machar’s whereabouts remains unknown, although the BBC reported on Tuesday that authorities are seeking to question him on the events.

The former vice-president’s house in Juba was yesterday shelled by presidential bodyguards, leaving much of the property destroyed.

The officials arrested, according to the government, include former ministers Oyay Deng Ajak, Gier Chuang Aluong, Majak D’ Agot, John Luk Jok, Cirino Hiteng, Kosti Manibe, Deng Alor and Madut Biar.

Also detained are former Lakes state governor Chol Tong Mayay and former ambassador Ezekiel Lul.

Mabior said Machar, a member of the Nuer tribe, was merely leading the group by virtue of his seniority in leadership and that those arrested are not his agents.

“They are led by Dr Riek as he is the most senior amongst the falsely accused. Oyay Deng Ajak is a Nuer. Dr Majak d’ Agoot is not a Nuer, General Gier is not a Nuer, Hon Alfred Lado Gore is not a Nuer. Professor Cirino Iteng is not a Nuer”, he said.

“Innocent South Sudanese citizens are currently being killed on the streets of Juba; being targeted for simply being a Nuer. This is being done under the command of our president”, Mabior added, saying the government should be condemned for its actions.

Medical sources quoted by various media say 60 soldiers have so far been killed in the clashes. The United Nations puts the number of those seeking shelter in its compounds in Juba at 13,000.

Mabior has called on the president to urgently free all political detainees and enter into national dialogue, saying the country was at risk of descending into chaos.

“The events currently taking place in Juba mark the end of the first Republic of South Sudan”, he said.

“We need to call urgently for the release of the 13 political prisoners and enter into a national dialogue to save our nation. A national convention of all social and political forces in the country [is needed], including those of Kiir, otherwise the alternative is civil war or worse”, he added.

However, the minister of cabinet affairs, Martin Elia Lomuro, and the speaker of the council of state, Joseph Bol Chan, refuted Mabior’s claims, saying that what had happened was the work of individuals with political interests and was not in any way tribal related.

“I want to call on our people to remain calm and stand behind the leadership of General Salva Kiir Mayardit. He is a humble man with this country at heart. He is a man of peace. We therefore need to support him to reconcile our nation and put aside personal ambition”, Lomuro said.

Bol Chan said those who want to use undemocratic means to seize power should not be tolerated.

“We are democratic country. Power should be transferred through peace political processes not violence. There is no short cut in democracy. If there are people who want to get to power through short cuts, we will not accept [it]”, Bol Chan told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, foreign affairs minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin has called on the population to resume work. Marial maintained the government was in control of the general security situation and that people should support the country’s leadership against those interested in using illegal means to ascend to power.

The clashes which began on Sunday were by Tuesday still showing no signs of ending despite assurances made by Kiir during a brief press conference on Monday that the government had restored order.


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  • 18 December 2013 05:22, by Akoch A. Magardit

    The power traumatised like Mabior Garang and his mum think that if they were closer to the late Dr John, then they simply inherits his wisdom and leadership values. Hence, no one else has the rights to rein in South Sudan, except those whom his father favoured during the war such as Oyai, Gier, Deng and the likes. Mabior should know that wisdom and education cannot be inherited once someone dies.

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    • 18 December 2013 05:52, by allan

      how much people got killed by ur dad before n u where rigth why dont u tell him to stop killing ,so kiir is follow ur dad foot step anyway im actually deep sorry for poorest dinkas n nuer die for sake of two greedy people kiir n his budy riak may God rest there soul in pc

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      • 18 December 2013 10:43, by Dinka Nhialic

        Mabior Garang
        U should get to know that u are mature enough mother fucker, ur dad was the great man we all respect in South Sudan n now the ways u are falling in to with ur mother Nyandeng show that u are a totally and useless people we have never seen in Dinka! Your dad have never rebelled against South Sudan, and u and ur mother u have no future completely, only Chol will be the future of Dr J

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    • 18 December 2013 08:12, by mathem jech amer

      Mabior Garang
      Two things at the same time, Riek took over your mam from Majak & promised you and your mam positoions if his coup succeed, while forgetting thousands killed in your area in 1991 when he had differences with your dad. Do you have power to call for release of criminals?You are just niggers leader & you need just continue with your heavy drinking, you know nothing about SS affairs.

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    • 18 December 2013 08:15, by mathem jech amer

      Mabior is supporting Riek and this morning his supporters are going from house to house in Bor killing Dinka Bor civilians, do Dinka Bor people still support Nyandeng and her foolish son?When he was fighting Garang in 1991, he was saying he has no problem with Bar eh Ghazal people, now he is saying he has no problem with Bor while indeed killing them.

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    • 18 December 2013 10:01, by Michael Anyong

      I don’t know why Stupid Mabior and Mum Nyadeng supporting Riak. Yesterday Nyadeng was saying that Nuer civilian were killed by Dinka which Dinka? you guys forget 1990-1995 Bor genocide created By Dr. Riak fine and will affect you again because he will start from there first then next to other states

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  • 18 December 2013 05:44, by Akook

    Bravo Mabior, Son of brave hero John Garang, Kiir will not accept national dialogue via a convention since he knows doing so will rip him off his precious leadership! I pity NUERS being innocently target of this indiscriminate killing by Kiir’s Gogrial Kitchen group and their hired militias

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    • 18 December 2013 05:49, by Akook

      Worst enough, they called for curfew whilst their security forces run a house to house massacre of Nuers people. UN & US Embassy and surrounded and blocked from getting the real tragedies unfolding and as mass bodies are secretly sipped into Nile River. The death could now be well over 3000 innocent people. Kiir deserves accountability at this point not presidency anymore!

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  • 18 December 2013 05:49, by Reconciliation

    Stupid and hopeless son of bitch.how many most educated officers that were killed by your father when people were in the bush?you and your mum will soon go to hell.your uncle majak Agot is now history.

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  • 18 December 2013 05:55, by Reconciliation

    You son of bitch,the supporters of this useless guy Riak are now killing your people in Bor and you are here hopelssly calling for the release of this criminals.

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    • 18 December 2013 06:05, by allan

      may be u can go n release them ur uncle majak agot n ur mum are very lucky these are the spices i wanna hear the die soon we help u guys in 1991 from naath n now is our time to clean u guy out

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    • 18 December 2013 06:22, by Tiitrot

      @ Mabior,
      You are really an idiot and this blame from all innocent citizens of this country goes on you and your mother though other illiterates have not understood the reality.
      On the issue of Kiir’s killing, he deserves to kill all those 13 in the prison because your father killed the most educated like Bol Akok, Gai Tur, Magier to mention but few who were beyond your father in education.

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      • 18 December 2013 06:24, by Tiitrot

        Please be silent otherwise you and your mum will be slaughtered alive such it should remain in the history since your the causative of all these.
        Kiir Mayardit Oyeeeeeeeeee
        United government Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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  • 18 December 2013 07:45, by Majongdit

    Dear Mabor Garang,
    You and your mother are among the people deeply behind unrest in this country. If there had ever been a feeling in your mind that this country belongs to you, then please forget. All that we did to Dr Garang is a misgiving. If someone has to have a widow like Nyandeng then it is a pity. And again who are you to request for the release of those arrested?

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  • 18 December 2013 07:52, by munene

    pliz mabior stop critisizing kiir, jonglei is now under attack by riek supporters and i feel the incident of 1991 is about to repeat it self again
    you dinka bor does not understood but very soon you will know hw riek manage his political views, go and liberate your state first, stupid mabior,food lover, son of prositute NYANDENG

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    • 18 December 2013 08:13, by Xeno

      munene, take it easy bro. It’s not about Bor anymore. Mabior and her mom must die this time whether in Nairobi or not. They have betrayed the nation, put people Bor victim to all kind of enemies. Death to Nyandeng and her ugly son.

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  • 18 December 2013 07:56, by munene

    i wish i knew where you are, but no problem rike is doing it good in asssses there in jonglei while ur mother give all her body to riek for the sek of getting VP, not in ss my polish dog, you will face it by ur self

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  • 18 December 2013 08:08, by Agutthon

    Garang’s family wants to rule forever that is why they insist that Kiir and any other South Sudanese are no good. Remember that it was your father who masterminding killing of opponents while in the bush. He was and is still remembered as a brutal dictator, something that is not talked of. Shame on you.

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    • 18 December 2013 08:28, by munene

      they really need to think well before supporting war lord riek who only need to rule by force,
      hahahaha he knw that in 2015 he will not make it to top position that could be the reason why he plan what our a people say is coup attempt but not this is real rebellion but my bor community shall face it again, what adisaster

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  • 18 December 2013 08:25, by Projector

    Look at this idiot,you don’t have any idea of what is going on. Mind u, u can’t be ur father. the respect given to ur father can’t be given to u nut. Ur mother is making you look idiot in the eyes on all S.Sudanese.My advise to u is to close ur mouth and see what is going on. Never take part if u want to be respected as da son of SPLA founder.ur mother is a mere prostitute who needs Riek since.

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    • 18 December 2013 08:32, by munene

      but for hw much is a night, you see i love nyandeng to be my suger mummy so that is make her till she may forgot riek machar and their political thinking

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  • 18 December 2013 08:32, by Chol A.

    Mabior we all know that your dad put you in safe place during struggle you never felt bad because neither of your sister or brother get killed. Now your dad dead and your mum think like her pussy to collaborate with Riak who has killed so many innocent Bor 1991 and now again he is repeating it! If you think Kiir is wrong just wait Nuer are now attack Bor again who are you blame?

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  • 18 December 2013 14:12, by Wani khooto

    dear all,
    i really love dinka of twic county where this stupid idiot come from,those pple are kind and the have vision even if u meet a child,now i understand why the don,t support nyandeng with her bastard son.the county have no hope in garang family as the said all garang are like their useless stupid mum.shame on mabior, how can kiir release these guys with out any investigation in first place

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  • 18 December 2013 16:01, by munene

    mabior, you want to truck me but you will still do nothing, I will fuck your assess together with ur mother( international prostitute)who always go to every country looking for husband that may make her for get your father
    let me tell u mabior your mother has plan something that you will never celebrate again

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  • 18 December 2013 16:03, by munene

    which position do u think your mother will get after supporting riek, fuck u MABIOR

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  • 18 December 2013 17:18, by San Manyuon

    For the nation to respect our dearly brave and father of this nation, late John Garang de Mabior, we would love if mother Nyandeng and the family would silence their lips or pursue their own ambitions and not relying on the name of John Garang as their asset for them to be heard. I don’t approve the leadership of Salva, but he was the only alternative due to that tragedy and he is the president.

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