Mabior Garang in Juba on peace mission
The former ally of the First Vice President Dr Riek Machar, Mabior Garang de Mabior arrived in Juba on Friday to meet President Salva Kiir.
“I will not meet anyone nor make any press statement until after we meet with President Salva Kiir,” Mabior said, adding he came to Juba as part of the delegation of National Conversation South Sudan (NCSS) whose “mission is to contribute to peacebuilding and socio-economic development’’.
He was received by the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Deng Dau Deng and the Presidential Press Secretary Ateny Wek Ateny upon his arrival at Juba International Airport.
According to the information released by the Office of President, Mabior’s stay outside the country is politically instigated.
“Mabior Garang de Mabior (who) was in Nairobi, Kenya due (to) political reasons returned to the country today upon an invitation of H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardit for him to return home,” read the statement.
Ateny and Deng referred to his return as a step towards durable peace and harmony.
“Deng Dau and Ateny Wek Ateny appreciated the son of the fallen hero, for accepting the invitation of H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardit and described the move as a gesture of peace and harmony,” the statement further read.
Mabior, the son of late Dr John Garang de Mabior, shifted side from the Machar-led SPLM-IO to the Kit-Gwang faction of Gen. Simon Gatwech in August.
In 2020, Mabior resigned from his designation as the Deputy Minister for Interior due to what he said was “insecurity and lack of political will to implement the revitalised peace agreement.”
The resignation letter he addressed to the SPLM/A-IO Chairperson and First Vice President Dr Riek Machar, bore claims that SPLM had “no intention to implement the revitalised peace agreement.”
“The security situation in the country has worsened; there is intercommunal violence in the three historical regions of Bhar-el-Gazal, Equatoria and Upper Nile, as well as in the three new administrative areas of Abyei, Greater Pibor and Rweng,” his resignation letter stated reported by media said.
“This insecurity is directly related to our dismal failure to implement the security arrangements which should have been implemented in the pre-transitional period – it should have been the priority.”
At that time, Mabior claimed the presidency was not effectively responding towards limiting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He clarified that he had not resigned from the SPLM -IO but would remain as a member of SPLM -IO political bureau and as the Chairperson for Information and Public Relations in the party.
In August during an interview with Political Education Podcast powered by National Conversation South Sudan, Mabior said Kit-Gwang’s Declaration was not advocating for war against their party rivals.
“What we need is the implementation of the security arrangement for peace so that we can all go home and build our broken lives; the issue is not the leadership of Dr Riek Machar,” Garang told Education Podcast in an interview.
“The Kit-Gwang declaration is another chance for peace, real peace in South Sudan engine is in the implementation of the security arrangement the rest have nothing much,” he added.
Garang argued that the agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan and the revitalised peace agreement was great if they had been implemented.
Gen. Simon Gatwech had declared himself the interim leader of the SPLM/A-IO and the First Vice president of the country in July. This decision had been dismissed by Dr Riek Machar and the SPLM-IO Political Bureau in Juba.
However, Garang reiterated that their group was committed to the IGAD communique of its Council of Ministers’ 73rd extra-ordinary meeting last two weeks ago.
“The Kit-Gwang declaration is committed to resolving the internal dispute within the movement using peaceful means. This will facilitate the implementation of the security arrangement and bring political stability to our country,” he stressed.