South Sudan

Rebecca Garang: Salva Kiir Must Stand Down

Rebecca Garang

South Sudanese politician Rebecca Garang who is also the widow of SPLM founder, more about John Garang has called for President Salva Kiir to ‘stand down’ and allow dialogue in order for peace to return in the country.

“We are calling for a dialogue where the whole people of South Sudan are brought on the table so that they discuss the issues concerning them because their government is not doing anything, story ” she said.

President Kiir had similarly called for a dialogue, but she said, “He appointed himself to be the patron of the dialogue when he’s a party to the problem.”

Ms Garang was responding to the question of ‘who is to blame’ for the crisis in South Sudan while appearing on Aljazeera’s Upfront at the weekend.

Last week, the U.N. declared a famine in two counties of South Sudan, affecting more than 100,000 people, with a further million people on the brink of famine in the country.

Ms Garang said this is ‘manmade famine’ and that the leaders are to blame for that.

“Of course it’s the leader who is to blame. All of us, as the leaders of South Sudan, we did not lead our people properly.”

Ms Garang is widely considered to be the ‘mother’ of South Sudan. After fighting in the second Sudanese civil war, she went on to serve in Kiir’s cabinet but has since become one of his leading critics.

She warned recently that “a genocide is looming” in South Sudan.

On Upfront, she put the blame on both President Kiir and his former vice president, Dr Riek Machar.

“Our leaders are using the name of their tribes in order for them to cling to power,” she said.


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