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Rebecca Garang says Kiir bears responsibility for South Sudan famine


Rebecca Garang (Al Jazeera Photo)
February 26, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese former Presidential Adviser, Rebecca Garang, Sunday called on President Salva Kiir to step down saying he is responsible for the famine that hits the country and war crimes.

In an interview with UpFront show on Al Jazeera TV on Friday, the widow of SPLM founder John Garang said Salva Kiir is to blame for the recently declared famine in the country

“Of course it’s the leader, President Salva Kiir” she said. Because it is a manmade famine. So anything been done in the country good or bad is always go to the President," she said.

Last week, United Nations that than 100,000 people in South Sudan are experiencing famine, and millions are threatened by starvation if the international community fails to act soon.

The South Sudan government have officially declared the famine in Leer and Mayendit counties in Unity State, with a combination of war and drought having a devastating impact on those affected.

But Garang disputed this figure saying it is very little. "The estimate is higher than that".

Asked about the perpetrators and victims of the three-year conflict in South Sudan; she said that troop loyal to the President Salva Kiir from the Dinka tribe targeted the Nuer people of the former First Vice President Riek Machar.

"But when the crisis of July 7th started (the conflict) engulfed the whole South Sudan," she added.

Developing her view on the way out of the current political crisis, Garang called for a genuine and inclusive dialogue that gather all the political forces to discuss matters of concern, pointing that the government is not doing anything for them.

Also, she was keen to distinguish between her call for a national dialogue and that of President Salva Kiir.

"President Kiir called for a dialogue and he appointed himself to be the patron of the dialogue when he’s a party to the problem," she said.

When Garand further was asked if she calls on Kiir to stand down she said "Yes. He has to".

Regarding the bad human rights record of the South Sudanese government before the December 2013 crisis, Garand who was the presidential adviser on Human Rights and Gender said Kiir refused to listen to her advices.

"Event to get an appointment it was very difficult, very hard. it can go sometimes for six months," she disclosed.

Before the eruption of the armed conflict in South Sudan by the end of 2013, Rebecca joined Machar and the former SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum in their call for political reforms and to fight corruption in the country


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  • 27 February 2017 00:57, by Naath

    The Dinka tribal gangs leader Kiir is responsible for all crimes committed in South Sudan. To all South Sudanese and countrymates please do not call Salva Kiir "president" anymore because he has reduced himself from being president to Dinka tribal gangs leader. Kiir is the most foolish, power hungry and tribal gangs leader.

    • 27 February 2017 04:38, by junubi

      u fool call naath or ngooth
      tell me which tribe in south sudan do you find out that all family members are generals , only nuer tribe that u can get this thing father is LT gen: mother is major Gen:sons are bargadier ,col and major those Rank u can only fine them in south sudan specially nuer tribe because of thiers rebellions every now n then
      and you are telling us about tribalism.

    • 27 February 2017 04:39, by Kush Natives

      Don’t be that excited! What are you dancing for, in the first place? You and alike are mentally sick. You came out of the dark and to the dark. If your argument is all about Dinka as you mentioned on your ill comment. Then which tribe Nyandeng belong? Ba-bul Ka Nyop!

    • 27 February 2017 07:55, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      The famine, was caused by civil war.

      • 27 February 2017 08:39, by nuer food lovers

        1988 and 1998 famine that hit Barh el gazal was blame Garang De Mabior of mismanaging SPLA /M and negligenting Barh el when he was just a rebel disperately collecting resources from no where to fund the liberation while Bona malual and Aldo Ajou where in sitting next to Bashier who was milking our oil to kill us in the South. Now who to be blame

      • 27 February 2017 20:39, by Eastern

        Right send the civil war was caused by bad leadership.....

      • 27 February 2017 20:40, by Eastern

        Right and the civil war was caused by bad leadership.....

    • 27 February 2017 10:32, by Midit Mitot

      Visionary leader Rebecca Garang,
      I had completely agreed with you Mama Rebecca, even Bible told us that tell truth and the truth will set you free, it,s true, Kiir, Malong and their Mathiang Anyoor should be account on this mess in the country

    • 28 February 2017 14:03, by Paul Ongee

      My Mother Nyandeng Garang,
      You are done politically. South Sudan has no room for political machinations and bigotry. Take note of that. The legacy of Dr. John Garang is maintained only by H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit, not by you or your drug-addict son Mabior Garang who was well-known, not only here in Washington, DC area but also in wherever he sets foot on.

      • 28 February 2017 14:12, by Paul Ongee

        We’re deeply sorry for you and your drug-addict son. However, the legacy of our founding father Dr. John Garang is alive. It’s the first time in history that a First Lady sides with the wrong political group which interested only in positions and fake military ranks given for following Dr Fool Riek Machar who wanted to get rid of Dr. John Garang in the 1990s had he got a chance to kill him.

        • 28 February 2017 14:20, by Paul Ongee

          I have no idea which audiences are you trying to fool or please here in the media. How can you side with a notorious traitor Riek Machar who has been and is still enjoying staging rebellions, shifting allegiance, shedding blood as he did in Bor in 1991 at his own disposal. You are a lost mother of the nation. Do not ever think that you’re always on the right side of South Sudan’s political history

  • 27 February 2017 01:07, by pabaak

    so you think you’re not part of it? if you do not collaborate with master of all time rebellion, you and so called G- ten then South Sudan should be fine now, the Oil facilities that was destroyed by your rebels could have produced enough oil products for home used and export to earn hard currency.

    • 27 February 2017 01:19, by Malakal county Simon

      That’s true because if the illiterate president did not cooked the fake coup, we won’t be here today crying about the man-made famine...... Kiir Must go is the only solution

    • 27 February 2017 01:20, by pabaak

      it will be bazire idea if you attributed failure to President alone and pretended yourself to be clean, no country can be build by president without participation of all people at different level wether in Government, business and even at community level. Don’t you know that John Garang without SPLA as an army could have not achieve any success to bring S. Sudan independent

      • 27 February 2017 01:32, by pabaak

        long time ago John said about politician that like rotted item that can’t find market in political arena, so your so called educated you think are qualified are like rotted items that can not be qualified to lead S.Sudanese, if they think can steal power by force then are gravely wrong, old days are gone when somebody will clamp power by force, because they know that can not compete the election

  • 27 February 2017 02:05, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Nyandeng, please leave us alone. You and your son Mabior are traitors, conspirators to South Sudan people and nurturers, harbor-ers, to Machar and his supporters. You are good for nothing. You better to enjoy your life in an exile with your son.

  • 27 February 2017 02:07, by Atemjak

    It is not Kiir alone, say we SPLM have failed South Sudanese people either SPLM-ig, SPLM-io or SPLM detentist. Tell us what did detentist do to avoid the suffering of S.Sudanese people, tell us what did SPLM-io do to avoid the suffering of the people other than waging arms smuggling and preaching tribalism, as for the government we know it well too. Stop scapegoat Rebecca Garang accept the reality

  • 27 February 2017 02:12, by Atemjak

    Can someone remind Rebecca Garang that Dinka were killed in Malakal, Bor, Akobo and Nasir she seem to have been misinformed or she live out of ignorance.

  • 27 February 2017 04:56, by Kush Natives

    Dear madam Nyandeng Mabior,
    Sometimes one confused just on how illiterate you and alike are! Because, I am always wondering of what always coming out from mouth since 2013 and subsequently. If you don’t admits what happened in Bentiu, Malakal, Bor and plus, I am talking of just headquarters or capitals only. E.G Panrieng, Baliet, Atar and Akoka were very much affected by this war that___

  • 27 February 2017 05:09, by Kush Natives

    CON, that you folks manufactured it. We the S Sudanese can see a very great conspiracy here! If you and Majak Goat are focusing on regime change rather then peace, busy day and night mobilizing white army, in order to topple the democratic and elected government, then I could strongly termed you as a curse to this nation! If Nuer killing is the only agenda you’re selling, then we’re stacked.

  • 27 February 2017 05:26, by Kush Natives

    con, We’re continuing to addressing the conflict of S Sudan as a singled sided problem, then we’re definitely prolonging everything, based on peace that we’re looking for. Last not least, I like to point out that our politicians in RoSS are all betrays! They always think tribal. Shame on RoSS! The victims of this famine are confined as widowed and orphanage, whom their husbands and fathers-con

  • 27 February 2017 05:31, by Kush Natives

    lives, that taken by the two civil wars since Sudan was one, and exaggerated under 1/2 Sudan.

  • 27 February 2017 05:40, by Eastern

    Kiir has the blood of millions and still counting of South Sudanese. Only psychopaths support and follow Kiir! I couldn’t agree more with Nyandeng Garang.

    • 27 February 2017 07:13, by Kuch

      Mr. Eastern, you even called South Sudan a "doormat" and you are still commenting about issues to do with South Sudan and the South Sudanese people? Careful Mr. Eastern. Your so-called "doormat" are back evil. You fools have been racking your evil selves with every rubbish on earth that wants>>>

      • 27 February 2017 07:24, by Kuch

        to sell our country to countries. Rebecca Nyandeng to honest is deep in neck of the war that started in Juba. She is a bitter woman who thought have been in the government of South Sudan front bench at all time, however she is lowly educated. Yes, her husband, Dr. Garang who fought gallantly with South Sudanese people and even people Nuba Mts and Southern Blue Nile>>>

        • 27 February 2017 07:37, by Kuch

          Dr. Garang was killed on his way to ’New site’ Eastern Equatoria, now Namurnyang state by the CIA. Fools like Rebecca Nyandeng often accused Museveni of Uganda to have killed Dr. Garang. New site was where Dr. Garang body was taken to of which Rebecca Nyandeng cried over Garang Body>>>

          • 27 February 2017 07:48, by Kuch

            New site was were Mr. Salva Kiir was elected by the SPLM/A to replace Dr. Garang. So Mr. Eastern, however Salva Kiir is uneducated, he is a Dinka boy. We are back fellows. We are going to bomb our enemies to nothing. You fools watch a lot of corporateAmerica and Europe. Just watch fools. We are going to bomb the criminals our of our country and>>>

            • 27 February 2017 07:51, by Kuch

              for all out of our region. We are going to bomb the so-called power countries out of map. Careful fellows.

              • 27 February 2017 08:08, by Eastern


                Do you and like minded even have the guts to challenge Museveni in an effort to find out what killed Dr Garang? Can South Sudan under the inept Kiir even raise a finger against Uganda, Kenya and lately Ethiopia? Yes, there was a lot of hidden information surrounding the demise of Dr Garang.

              • 27 February 2017 08:13, by Eastern


                If you have the evidence to back the allegation that CIA killed Dr Garang, please go ahead and persecute those calpable of the crime.....

      • 27 February 2017 08:05, by Eastern


        Good to learn that my analogy really pricked you folks! Yes, South Sudan under Kiir is akin to doormat - the so-called regional leaders use it as their cesspool. Cheap, worthless goods and services end here. South Sudanese diplomats in their countries are used as cheap pawns in their dirty diplomatic machinations. Remember what Amb. Mahbout called South Sudanese leaders?

  • 27 February 2017 06:56, by Kat Cok

    What any South Sudanese know about the crisis and chaos in South Sudan is caused by Riek Machar, Nyandeeng , Majak Agot , Pagan Amom, Deng Alor, those people are responsible, even if she talked and pointed her finger to President Silva Kiir, the history will not let them clean.

    • 27 February 2017 07:06, by Eastern

      Which history? Why do you wait fir history to judge Kiir when there is a lot of evidence from South Sudanese and foreigners that Kiir and Malong instigated the July 2016 gunfight? Kiir’s actions are directly responsible for the current famine in parts of South Sudan. Kiir’s genocidal forces are using scorched earth policy on civilians - this is a war crime!!!!

  • 27 February 2017 07:37, by Dalta Cirea

    Rebecca Garang absolutely narrated in a very professional manner. Thank you for feeding South Sudanese and The World

  • 27 February 2017 07:39, by Dalta Cirea

    With true history of South Sudan civil war. Kirr must be brought to justice and Justice will be done.

  • 27 February 2017 07:49, by Dengda

    What I can conclude from the comments I read, truth is sharper than sword.
    Akumda and Kush are the blinder supporters of the generals and ,ministers named in Sentry Report. Off course I am supporter for reform agenda and against government failure.
    Rebecca Nyandeng her concern is about the wellbeing and welfare of people and prosper of South Sudan not position you guys aware of her resignation.

    • 27 February 2017 07:55, by Dengda

      The title is precise that "Kiir bear responsibility of South Sudan famine as leader"
      Any leader around the world whether private sector, government or NGOs take responsibility of the outcomes, whether good or bad. Don’t tell me Kiir need only credit to be given as leader, that would sycophancy, he could be discredit too. take examples around the world leaders who resigned their positions.

  • 27 February 2017 07:55, by Independent Thinker

    Dear all,
    Thank you Mammy Rebecca Nyadeng for telling the truths to the world. Yes! of course President Slava Kirr is responsibility for violations of international and South Sudanese laws since the commencement of December 2013.

    In future Kiir will be prosecute by Hybird Court for South Sudan through African Union, ICC and United Nations Security Council. My President Kiir destroy his community.

  • 27 February 2017 08:05, by Independent Thinker

    Both Dr. Riek Machatr Teny and Gen.Salva Kiir will go to Hybrid Court for South Sudan through African Union, ICC and UNSC. Instance United Nations Human Rights Commission on S.Sudan held Transitional Justice workshop in Addis Ababa Kiir’s side did not attended only Macahr’s side attended the workshop. Most wanted ones in HSS include;Kiir, Makueri, Kuol Manyang, Paul Malong Awan, Dr.Martin, Duoth.

    • 27 February 2017 08:18, by Eastern

      Dependent [Independent] Thinker,

      The idea of the Hybrid Court is nonstarter in East Africa. Kiir and his officials when faced with heat of prosecution, will just flee to Kenya or Uganda, where Museveni and Uhuru will not see any of the Juba kleptocrats prosecuted for war crimes. Yes, Dr Machar can be prosecuted because he’s already a captive in South Africa - that act will not stop the war!

    • 27 February 2017 08:20, by Eastern

      For the Hybrid court to be effective, it must located in any of the Francophone countries in West Africa. AU should allow ECOWAS to handle what IGAD is unable or LACKED THE POLITICAL WILL TO DO!!!!!!

  • 27 February 2017 09:20, by real Dinka

    Dear all
    Kirr and Riek are responsible for this famine alarming into our great nation as thousand of people fled their home town seeking refugee in others’ country, guys join hand in campaigning to let Kiir and Riek leave S.sudanese in peace

    • 27 February 2017 10:17, by Eastern

      Please real jenge,

      Keep Dr Riek Machar out of your self-inflicted mess. Machar is "parked" in distant South Africa as requested by Kiir and his regional friends. Those fighting Kiir now are those opposed to him!

      • 27 February 2017 10:19, by Eastern

        Kiir naively thought it would be easy for him to deal with multiple front than dealing facing SPLA-IO under Dr Machar. Let Kiir and cohorts face the music!!

  • 27 February 2017 09:53, by Fair Man

    Real Dinka
    Stupid jienges like Dinka- Defender General, Kush, South Sudan and Kush Natives enjoy themselves with the scarce looted dollars and they will never differentiate stool from urine. Anything that drops from Kiir’s mouth is excellent. The history will never forgive anyone who caused suffering to our people. Kiir and his JCE will never be honored in our history. Riek is a victim of the trut

    • 27 February 2017 10:39, by jubaone

      Fair Man, Eastern and rest non-jienge warriors,
      I read your contributions and fight to liberate the minds of our unfortunate luak friends with amusement. You are the only few who write sense and good stuff and that shows the difference between us and "them". Today SS is only compared with a open space prison or cattle camp. Keep up the struggle against idiots and devils. Victory is near.

      • 28 February 2017 05:43, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Fair Man and Jubaone are enemies of Dinka people and the south Sudan. You are traitors and Arabs secret services. You are good for nothing. Just drink, eat, smoke monkey cigar, and sleep. Let the men hand this job because you don’t know how to handle country affairs. Leadership is not in your blood. Just drink and sleep you will be OK.

    • 28 February 2017 02:45, by Kush Natives

      Fair Man,
      I don’t think we will ever agreed on anything, as long you folks disowned the election, deserted for violent

  • 27 February 2017 11:23, by Raga State

    Mother of our nation South Sudan Mama Rebecca Garang u are totally right .Salva kiir is the one behind our suffering in this country due to his unwise leadership.Inocent people are dying due to hunger,30.000people felt to Sudan and still u are clinging to power. take that courgious step and step down Salava enough is enough.

  • 27 February 2017 12:44, by Fair Man

    Today, I have received my satellite phone with up to-date data.While the boys will be doing their missions here and their in my liberated territory, I will be at internet war university to educate these primitive JCE and the likes that they either denounce their evils, apologize to the people or South Sudan, handover people to them or they wait their regrets. Thanks for friends for gift.

  • 27 February 2017 14:06, by Nationalist

    Well articulated ideas, but who is who in the running of SS affairs whether Nuers or Dinkas never gave birth to this beloved country of ours. We should thank God for giving us this so i feel always irritated and uncomfortable each time i see dinka or nuer as possible causes of SS problems. The later tribes are just some of those who have contributed to the failure of SS. All tribes are guilty.

  • 27 February 2017 14:07, by Kat Cok

    Rebecca Nyandeeng is selling the country out when she fail succeed to become the president of the country as a successor of her husband Dr. John Garang, or Dr. Khalifa of Ngondeng called Riek Machar to become a president as it is prophesied by Ngondeng.

  • 27 February 2017 15:07, by Fair Man

    Listen UN, Troika and IGAD
    You are the enemies of South Sudan because you are biased. You have isolated Dr.Riek Machar wrongly believing that he was a trouble and at the same time, you allowed Kiir and JCE to import weapons and kill civilians. Give us support, release Riek and we will liberate masses. To hell with Kiir. We need arms only. ACRCISS 2015 dead in 2016 and Mogae is there as an employee

  • 27 February 2017 17:47, by Naath


    Please do not waste your invaluable words and ideas arguing with foolish and lazy ass supporters of Dinka tribal gangs leader Kiir. The wolves and dogs more brilliants than Kiir his double blind Dinka supporters. The Dinka are fine with the femine as long as they lead the country. The Dinka care less about the people of S.Sudan but they more strong on how to hold on leadership.

  • 27 February 2017 17:52, by Naath

    As long as a Dinka leads South Sudan, the South Sudanese will never be out of war. The Dinka are power hungry, yet they do not have quality of leadership. They are best at looting, killing, stealing, dividing and lying.

  • 27 February 2017 17:57, by Kush Junub

    What a mess? Even the wife of a respected hero is disrespected. We are all aware on what is causing problems, starvation, killing of innocent civilians in their own country. We are all in denial to admit it.

    Shame to all of us. We used to blame Arabs. Look what we have done to ourselves. Greed and illusion of supporting other entity based on tribalism and nepotism.

  • 27 February 2017 19:22, by Fair Man

    Kush Junub
    We believe that not Dinkas that not all Dinkas are bad except Stupid fellows like Salva Kiir,Aldo Ajo, Arab slave Bona Malual, Thiik Ring etc and useless fellows from istuwya and and their mothers,wives, daugters and being molested by Anyoors. Dr. Elias Lomoro celebrates the messand all Equatorians must dismiss him for cowardness. His own daughter are at risks.

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