South Sudan

Mrs Garang: My Life Is In Danger


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Rebecca clearly stated that the said coup was something made up by President Salva Kiir to hunt down his opponents and oppose any reforms suggested to him.

“I don’t know how a civilian or a politician can make a coup! A coup is made by army officers and those people who were arrested (10 former cabinet ministers and pagan Amum, former SPLM Secretary-General) are just politicians, not army officers,” she pointed out.

“We were only calling for democracy but they (Kiir’s government) want to continue with dictatorship. I don’t believe anything he (Kiir) says.”

She stated that President Kiir dismissed Riek Machar and Pagan Amum because they called for the restructuring and democratisation of the party.

She says that she doesn’t know where Machar is and cannot contact his colleagues because “whenever Nuers move, they are killed”.

“Our chairman (Kiir) created this situation to intimidate others and get a chance to do whatever he wants.”

“And I am against anybody who will mistreat somebody who brought peace to our people. Even those Kiir is accusing, if they were mistreating him (Kiir), I wouldn’t allow that.”

As far as the peace talks are concerned, Rebecca says she won’t take part until the 10 cabinet ministers have been released.

Worse still, the would-be head of Machar’s delegation Pagan Amum, was too picked by state security at the outbreak of the crisis.

IGAD Heads of State are still in Nairobi Kenya pushing for a dialogue that is expected to end the current South Sudan crisis.

Who is Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior?

She is a south Sudanese politician. She had served as the Minister of Roads and Transport in the autonomous Government of south Sudan and is currently one of the Advisors for the President of The Republic of South Sudan.

She is the widow of Dr. John Garang De Mabior, the late first vice President of Sudan and President of South Sudan. She is from the Dinka tribe of Twic East county of South Sudan.

After the death of Dr. John Garang, General Salva Kiir took over his positions and became the first vice President of Sudan and the President of the Republic of South Sudan and commander in chief of SPLM/A. General Kiir appointed Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior as the Minister of Roads and Transport for the government of South Sudan.

She continued to be a strong advocate for the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed by Dr. John Garang before his death on July 30, 2005.

She continued to support the implementation of the peace process until the South attained independence on July 9, 2011.

During that same year when her husband died Madam Rebecca visited the United States of America and met with president George W. Bush.

She offered a message of appreciation for the American involvement in the quest for peace in South Sudan.

In 2009 President Obama continued the efforts with Secretary Clinton and Ambassador Rice to see that the peace agreement is implemented in Sudan.

Madam Rebecca also received an interview by NPR. She spoke of her commitment to the liberation of South Sudan while she also respects the necessity of a united Sudan under the New Sudan Vision created by Dr John Garang in 1983.

She visited the Iowa University where her late husband was educated many years before the second Sudanese civil war broke out in 1983.

Late Dr. John Garang and his wife Rebecca have six children who are active supporters of peace and stability in the new Republic of South Sudan.

During the years of war, she joined the Southern army known today as Sudan People’s Liberation Army and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.

She is known for her support for the right of self-determination for South Sudan although she has nothing against the united Sudan under a democratic rule of law.

Millions of Southern Sudanese have been affected by the war between the north and South Sudan which has a long history from the time the British left Sudan in 1956.

As a result of war over 2 million lives in South Sudan have been lost and four million South Sudanese are both internally displaced and externally living in other countries as refugees.

After the arrival of peace in South Sudan, repatriation process is making headlines once in a while by the United Nations.


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