Mabior Garang de Mabior, the eldest son of South Sudan’s founding father, the late Dr John Garang de Mabior, former Deputy Minister of Interior has resigned from Sudan’s Liberation Movement in Opposition led by the first Vice President Dr Riek Machar.
In his resignation letter dated July 12, Mabior said he lost faith in the vision and principle of the party to implement the reforms and transformation of South Sudan into the nation his father envisioned.
Mabior said that his father had a vision of a new South Sudan which does not represent a geographical idea but a philosophical concept.
“The vision of a new Sudan was the modernization of our societies and the restoration of the greatness of our people. I believed that Dr Riek Machar possessed the leadership and vision to modernize South Sudan and transform it into a great society, but I was sadly mistaken,” Mabior’s letter reads in part.
He accuses Machar of a litany of things which include nepotism and favouritism which saw him appoint his wife Angelina Teny as the Minister of Defence, appointing very junior people in the SPLM-IO like Pout Kang Chol as a minister of Petroleum and Elizabeth Acuei minister of health.
“Dr Riek Machar should have appointed competent, intelligent, and knowledgeable ministers to deliver and promote the SPLM (IO) values of good governance and reforms to improve the lives of South Sudanese,” Mabior said.
On the security side, Mabior who recently also resigned his role as the state minister of Interior said Machar is not interested in implementing the security protocols that were agreed upon in the Addis Ababa revitalized Peace Agreement. Mabior, whose mother Rebecca Nyadeng Garang is among the five vice presidents of South Sudan says the ‘abusive’ National Security ‘a legacy of the Omar Bashir era are holding the “illegitimate unity government’ in Juba hostage, including President Salva Kiir and now Machar.
“There is no peace in South Sudan, and the security situation has deteriorated, with all-out inter-communal wars across the country. Machar has forgotten about the values and objectives of the movement and now focused on the power to benefit himself and his family. As a result, he is no longer fighting for security arrangements and reforms and instead is focused on maintaining the status quo,” Mabior said.
However, Mabior doesn’t mention which political vehicle he is going to use to continue fighting for ‘justice, liberty and prosperity’ for the people of South Sudan. But what is clear, he is not joining Kiir’s government which he describes as a ‘rogue and brutal regime.’
Mabior, a captain in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and much of his family fell out with President Salva Kiir almost immediately after the death of his father. Kiir was Garang’s deputy in the SPLA.
They accuse him of destroying the legacy of his father by dragging the country back to war after almost 50 years of struggle. South Sudan gained independence on July 9, 2011, following a peace agreement signed between the governments of Sudan led by the then President Omar Hassan al Bashir.
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