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S. Sudan’s deputy interior minister resigns to protest failure to implement peace


Mabior Garand of Mabior speaks in Juba on 21 March 2020 (ST)
June 6, 2020 (JUBA) - South Sudan deputy minister of interior Mabior Garang de Mabior has resigned from his position to protest the government’s failure to implement the security arrangement.

In a letter addressed to Machar on 3 June; Mabior wrote: "Please accept this letter as my formal resignation from the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGONU)".

He further said he had declined to take part in the transitional government because he was suspicious of the intentions of the government of President Salva Kiir which insists on implementing the peace agreement without security arrangements.

However, he accepted to join the government under Machar’s pressure with the condition that "if we had not started implementing the Agreement after more than three months. I would resign," he reads his letter seen by Sudan Tribune.

The former deputy minister said that the security situation had deteriorated in the country due to the failure to implement the security arrangements which should have been implemented during the pre-transitional period.

Nonetheless, Mabior was keen to reiterate his commitment to the SPLM-IO and its leadership and expressed readiness to serve any other assignment by the party "promotes the welfare and prosperity of our civil population".

"I shall remain a member of our peoples’ struggle until we achieve our objective of bringing about a fundamental change in our country," he stressed.


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  • 7 June 2020 00:41, by Mayendit

    That claim by Mabior Garang is a escaped Goats. He didn’t want to take that position in the first place but he was convinced by his peer uncle to accepted. He thought he will be giving a minister not deputy and that was his intention. The failures of implementation is on both sides of Riek Machar refusal to cooperate with the government.

    • 7 June 2020 06:11, by Paul

      @Mayendit, There is no doubt both parties have acted with impunity against the South Sudanese. Not a single party is clean. Since independent, are South Sudanese better off than under Khartoum, excluding the civil war? By now, South Sudan should have millions of miles of paved roads instead, our people are refugees in every Country and public revenue looted with no accountability. It is chaos!

      • 8 June 2020 10:08, by Kenyang ll

        Couldn’t agree more.

    • 8 June 2020 07:11, by Midit Mitot

      Good stand Mabior Grang De-Mabior,

      There is no peace in this country at all, just wasting of time and looting cash.

  • 7 June 2020 00:58, by Mayendit

    Well, apart from that issue, there is a big problem that Mabior Garang need to talk about it. The incident occurred in Juba it was about individual act of his own unfortunately, the Students from Bahr El Ghazal have been attacked in his late father John Garang’s University, 2 Students were killed and 11 Students are missing in Bor town this is a very concerning right now and he must come up.

  • 7 June 2020 01:09, by Mayendit

    To: those people who have not hear about our Students from Bahr El Ghazal Regions please get it from me sir. South Sudan’s government is hiding what has happened in Bor town after incident in Juba. Our Students who were studying at John Garang’s University have been attacked by Dinka Bor as you read on the above mentioned. 2 Students have been killed inside Bor town and 11 more others Students are

  • 7 June 2020 01:22, by Mayendit

    The Dinka Bor have done so many things badly but we takes a deep breath and give them yet, incident happened in Juba cannot be revenge to those Students who were learning there. Kuol Manyang Juuk his Koriyom rang guns and one battalion were killed all while, they were trying to escape from Akobo frontline. In Kakuma refugee camps they were trying to chasing us before killing but they were defeated

    • 7 June 2020 02:50, by Mayendit

      I mean Kuol Manyang Juuk order his tribal Koriyom ranger guns to murders the whole Lasthom battalion who were trying to escape from the frontline in 1987. General Kerubino Kuanyin Bol was arrested because of that but general speaking, the people of Bahr El Ghazal Regions have forgive him. I think this is time for people of Bahr El Ghazal Regions to says, enough is enough and let us thinks.

    • 7 June 2020 02:50, by Mayendit

      I mean Kuol Manyang Juuk order his tribal Koriyom ranger guns to murders the whole Lasthom battalion who were trying to escape from the frontline in 1987. General Kerubino Kuanyin Bol was arrested because of that but general speaking, the people of Bahr El Ghazal Regions have forgive him. I think this is time for people of Bahr El Ghazal Regions to says, enough is enough and let us thinks.

  • 7 June 2020 01:35, by Mayendit

    There were many people from Bahr El Ghazal murders by the late Chairman Dr.John Garang yet, the people of Bahr El Ghazal Regions have forgive them. The Dinka Bor people are very raical and discriminatory people for example, the Nuers civilians that were in UN camp were attacked and 65 people were killed innocently. In Bahr El Ghazal Regions special, the Warrap State and Western Bahr El Ghazal Stat

  • 7 June 2020 01:45, by Mayendit

    During the event in Juba. We have protected about 75000 Nuers civilians, some of them were business people, others were cattle keepers, Students and 900 soldiers that were trying to escape but they find no way of going to their homes but we have protected them until now. Some people from Nuers are still doing their business and we believe strongly that, what happens in Juba was a political problem

  • 7 June 2020 01:54, by Mayendit

    Finally, I would like the people of Bahr El Ghazal Regions to thinks very carefully because we are running out of patience to those Dinka people which we have protected them since Garang was alive the most people in Bahr El Ghazal Regions were very upset about what have happened in Juba unfortunately, the Dinka Bor people thought about killing our Students who were learning. I want people of Bah

    • 7 June 2020 04:46, by South South

      Mario is a very disgrace. He had destroyed the good name of zJohn Garang.

    • 7 June 2020 23:59, by Khent


      Mabior Garang has a great deal to answer for but I don’t see how he can be held accountable for that incident - especially when it did not transpire in his home territory; this incident took place in Mading Bor. There are four distinct sections in Jonglei, and they are as follows: Athooch/Gok of Mading Bor; Twic-East of Twic East county..

      • 8 June 2020 00:12, by Khent

        ..Nyarweng/Hol of Duk county and the Atar Dinka of Canal Khorfulous county. With the sole exception of Atar, the Dinka of Jonglei have unfortunately been grouped under one moniker -> ’Dinka Bor’. This is absurd because these sections all have different origins, identities and dialects; the people of Duk county are Ngok; the people of Twic-East descend from Twic Mayardit...

        • 8 June 2020 00:19, by Khent

          ..And I’m not so sure about Mading Bor’s origin and background. We’re all distinct sections, so it makes no sense to lump us all together. Imagine if we refused to differentiate between Tonj and Twic-Mayardit, or between Aliap and Agar. With all that being said, I do agree that Bahr el Ghazal has no obligation to defend these weak people any further; they must learn to protect themselves.

      • 8 June 2020 00:47, by Mayendit

        The reason why Mabior Garang and even the rest of families are needed to speak up is because the Students were learning at John Garang’s University and the people have forgotten the name of late Chairman Dr.John Garang reflects the entire South Sudan nation and the SPLA/SPLM.. Going forward as a nation, I strongly belief that the John Garang’s University will be abandon because that on the

  • 8 June 2020 01:01, by Mayendit

    Those who killed 2 Students and 11 more others Students were also missing in Bor town, they were all people from Bor South, Twic East, Hol and Duk respectively. The youths and some politicians were involved against all Bahr El Ghazal Students and even the business people were targeted them. The incident occurred in Juba was individual act and we have condemned very strongly possible unfortu

  • 8 June 2020 01:13, by Mayendit

    It was very uncomfortable to see Dinka Jonglei communities shouting strongly in Bor town against the whole Bahr El Ghazal Regions. The Dinka Bor people have forgotten about the time when Riek Machar Teny and his defectors of Nassir movement invaded most parts of Bor North communities but general Biar Ajang took battalion of Bahr El Ghazal Sons to rescue them.

  • 8 June 2020 01:23, by Mayendit

    I am very upset because I had two uncles were killed in 1993, when Riek Machar Teny invaded Bor North communities and I thought they were defending Dinka people but not now and not anymore. Again, when Bor town was captured two times, two battalions to whom were finishing training at Mapel were taken to rescue Bor town and the people there.

    • 8 June 2020 02:48, by Khent


      I am so sorry for the deaths of those young students, and I want those responsible for those heinous crimes to pay with their lives; there is absolutely no justification for those murders. My sympathies go out to the families that were robbed of their loved ones by the cowardly murderers in Jonglei. Dinka of Jonglei must understand that what took place in Juba was between individuals...

      • 8 June 2020 02:57, by Khent

        ..and that cowardly killing the youth of Bahr el Ghazal was an unjustifiable expansion and escalation of events. The Dinka of Jongeli already have a reputation for arrogance and cowardice and this only adds to that narrative. My people must apologise and try to make amends. It’s also essential that the Dinka of Jonglei remember the great and heavy sacrifices...

        • 8 June 2020 03:03, by Khent

          ..that the people of Bahr el Ghazal made to rescue them from certain death; these weak and undecisive people must also understand that the assistance they received in the past will not be forthcoming in the future, and that they have themselves to blame for that. These people must stand on their own feet and defend themselves. We should leave Equatoria and Bahr el Ghazal and return to our areas.

          • 8 June 2020 03:22, by Khent

            ..I’m truly sorry that your uncle died fighting for my people, and I sincerely hope that people in your region are NEVER called upon. I’m proud to say that many of my uncles (in the SPLA) died protecting their people in Twic-East and I want us to form a force to protect ourselves so that we never call upon anyone.

  • 8 June 2020 06:51, by Angelo Achuil

    Kent & Mayendit,
    I have been reading yr comments esp "Khent" profound analytical views for years. I admires Khent yr firm grasp on our linear history and yr zeal to combat those who seek to have it re-written. But I couldn’t disagree more with the 2 of you today on how you would have us manage the menace caused by Lual Akook. It reduces you down to tribal/sub-tribal bigotry sway we need oppose

  • 8 June 2020 07:01, by Angelo Achuil

    The reason being that such foolish cases are expected to increase-not decrease and you won’t be able to stand if patriotism is already shaken by such situation. I am personally opposed to any thinking that points to any tribe or sub-tribe as the problem in S. Sudan for our real problem is poor leadership.

  • 8 June 2020 07:09, by Angelo Achuil

    If you don’t believe it, just look at why some families do better while others do not in yr neighborhood. Some fathers plan the future of their families and toil to make their families the best while others just have produce a lot of vulnerable children with no plan intention of caring for them. This is how I see our failure and solution.

    • 9 June 2020 00:59, by Khent

      Angelo Achuil

      I don’t disagree with anything you’ve said and I actually wish to commend you for your reason and patriotism. I understand that we can’t have policies steeped in reactionarism, however, in the absence of a properly functioning State, counties need to establish legitimate and accountable police forces to protect their communies from criminals...

      • 9 June 2020 01:38, by Khent

        ..I don’t believe that the tribally variegated States can presently be counted on to establish impartial and professional police forces; a Federal police force should be stablished and tasked with ensuring a security cordon sanitaire between warring communities. I’m not in any way advocating for illegitimate and accountable tribal militias...

        • 9 June 2020 06:28, by Khent

          ..Far from being a sectarian chauvinist, I’m advocating for greater humility on my community’s behalf. South Sudan’s population is already divided (even within tribes), so it’s absolutely essential that the Federal government intervene in these situations before things get out of hand. In the absence of all of that, communities will increasingly take matters into their own hands.

  • 8 June 2020 07:34, by Mayendit

    Angelo Achuil.
    I think the issue will get worse special, if those 11 Students are still missing in Bor town. I think the leaders of Jonglei Dinka must work hard to find those 11 missing because it would be difficult for president Kiir Mayardit to control it if truly 11 Students are dead. Nobody knows until this time, how many people are lost because some business people are not known whereabout. L

    • 9 June 2020 14:57, by Khent


      It’s imperative that the killers of the students be apprehended and brought to justice, but incidents like this cannot be used to launch collective punishment — which is what you seem to be alluding to. Now, on the matter of your uncles fighting and dying in Jonglei... they were deployed there to protect South Sudanese and not simply just Dinka...

      • 9 June 2020 15:05, by Khent

        ..It was the result of a military operation launched by a National movement; it was not independently conceived and directed by communities in Bahr El Ghazal out of a sense of tribal loyalty. Sentiments of that nature were undoubtedly present, but if it was strictly of that nature, armed cattle keepers in Bahr El Ghazal would have taken the initiative to come to the aid of civilians in Jonglei..

        • 9 June 2020 15:20, by Khent

          ..It’s well known that Koryiom Division was mostly composed of Jongeli Dinka, so should people there start listing the instances in which their sons were deployed in Bahr El Ghazal and other places in Greater Sudan? The only difference is that Koryiom soldiers would have been deployed to protect civilians in Bahr El Ghazal from Arabs rather than Nuer militiamen...

          • 9 June 2020 15:28, by Khent

            ..If you start treating each Division (and their operations) as just representative of regions, then you’re arguing that we did not have a National movement. Do you want to do that? It was either a National struggle or just a mass of regional cells. Which is it? We won’t have any progress until our people can think critically and refrain from submitting to reactionarism.

  • 8 June 2020 10:56, by Kenyang ll

    I’ll say it again. Almost all divisions and wars fought by Dinka since 1980s are either caused by Dinka Bor or Gogrial. Let me mention few: Gai Tut/Akuot Atem Vs Garang/Kwanyin, Arok Thon Vs Kwanyin, John Garang vs Riek Machar, Kuol Manyang vs William Nyuon, Kwanyin vs Malong, Kuol Manyang vs George Athor, Salva Kiir vs Riek Machar, Salvar Kiir/Kuol Manyang vs Malong, Them vs Equatorians.

    • 8 June 2020 11:32, by Kenyang ll

      It’s this small Dinka sections that control almost every key lucrative position from airport to Nimule. From bank to last drop of oil.From UN key posts to national embassies. Decision to war or peace rest exclusively with them. Why other Dinka esp Aweil and Ngok who at the end pay unbalanced price choose to keep their heads in the sand and allow them is anyone guess.

      • 9 June 2020 02:35, by Paul

        The Dinka Ngok (Apadang) and Awiel are known for their fairness and bravery. While the looters are busy looting and corrupting the country with immeasurable shame, the Ngok and Aweil Dinka have decided to stay away from such shameful culture. They will keep their eyes on the big picture because South Sudan is not out of the bush just yet.

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