Mabior, gov’t to work toward peace implementation
The former Deputy Minister of Interior Mabior Garang de Mabior has pledged to work with the government in a bid to contribute to the peace process.
According to the information issued by the Office of the President yesterday on its social media, Mabior apologised to the “government and the people of South Sudan for any wrong he might have done’’.
“…Mabior Garang De Mabior said he is going to join hands with the leadership and people of South Sudan to collectively seek ways of contributing to peace and stability for the Nation,” read the statement.
“Furthermore, Mabior Garang De Mabior apologised to H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the people of South Sudan for any statement that he might have said on the media against H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the Nation.”
Attempts to reach the office of the President ended in vain as the number of the Press Secretary in the Office of the President Ateny Wek Ateny did not go through.
In attendance was the Minister of Presidential Affairs Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Deng Dau Deng and the Commander of Presidential Guards Maj. Gen. Lual Wek Guem.
However, an abrupt return to Juba on Saturday by Mabior upon invitation of President Salva Kiir Mayardit sparked criticisms against the former deputy minister. Critics referred to his earlier statement when said he “would not return to South Sudan’s capital, Juba, without the full implementation of the revitalised peace agreement which would have seen the reunification of the country’s rival forces to form a professional national army.
In a statement following Mabior’s arrival at Juba International Airport from Nairobi, South Sudan presidency said the son of the SPLM/SPLA founder Dr John Garang De Mabior “was in Nairobi Kenya due to political reasons [and] returned back to the Country today upon an invitation of H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardit for him to return back home.”
No longer in Kit Gwang
His arrival in Juba may have triggered a counter-reaction from his newfound allies of the Kit Gwang faction, whose members reportedly denied that Mabior was their member. An official from the splinter faction who was quoted by Sudanspost alleged that Mabior had returned to join the government of South Sudan under President Salva Kiir Mayardit.
The unnamed official said that Mabior had not been authorised by Kit Gwang faction leader Gen. Simon Gatwech visit Juba and was no longer part of the outfit.
“Yes the movement under Simon Gatwech is aware that Mabior Garang de Mabior has decided to return to Juba on his own but he was not authorised by the Chairman and Commander in Chief of the SPLM/SPLA-IO to return to Juba,” said the official.
Mabior joined the Kit Gwang faction under Simon Gatwech Dual in August. In an interview with Political Education Podcast under National Conversation South Sudan, he 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 said.
“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.”
Garang’s son stressed the implementation of the peace agreement to restore stability as he said that Kit Gwang was willing to adhere to the IGAD communique of Council of Ministers released after the 73rd extra-ordinary meeting.
“The Kit-Gwang declaration is committed to facilitating the implementation of the security arrangement and bringing political stability to our country,” he said.
Mabior Garang de Mabior resigned in 2020 from the position of Deputy Minister of Interior after 6 months of service.
He cited “insecurity and lack of political will to implement the revitalised peace agreement” as the reasons for his resignation.
He also said that SPLM had “no intention to implement the revitalized peace agreement.”
Mabior turned a critic to his former party led by the First Vice President Dr Riek Machar Teny.
He accused Riek of surrendering to Salva Kiir Mayardit’s government in compliance with the Revitalised peace agreement signed in 2018.