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South Sudan President Fires John Garang's Widow

Rebecca Nyandeng (R), widow of the late rebel leader and first vice president of South Sudan, John Garang, in happier days, shown here with Vice President James Wani Igga. A decree issued on Aug. 19, 2014 by President Salva Kiir announced that Nyandeng has been fired.
Rebecca Nyandeng (R), widow of the late rebel leader and first vice president of South Sudan, John Garang, in happier days, shown here with Vice President James Wani Igga. A decree issued on Aug. 19, 2014 by President Salva Kiir announced that Nyandeng has been fired.

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Tuesday dismissed his advisor on gender issues and human rights, Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior, the widow of one of the founding fathers of the country, the late John Garang.

A decree issued by Kiir, which was read out on South Sudan Radio, announced that Nyandeng had been relieved of her duties.

A separate decree announced the sackings of Mr. Kiir's legal counsels Peter Gatkuoth Kor, Paul Obang Gore, Abraham Gatkuoth Yuod, Gach Puok Dak, Dhel Gatluak Jour, Kuajien Lual Wechtour and Simon Ruot Maar.

The high-level sackings came just over a year after Mr. Kiir dismissed his entire cabinet, including then vice president Riek Machar, who went on to become the leader of the opposition movement that formed when the country plunged into conflict eight months ago.

'Working for downfall of government'

No reasons were given for the sackings of Nyandeng and the lawyers, but presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said Nyandeng had been "working for the downfall of the government" and should have been fired long ago.

“There is nobody in the world that the constitution allows to have the status of a government and all the benefits you get from the government and you at the same time are working for the downfall of the same government," Ateny said.

Nyandeng has been a vocal critic of Mr. Kiir’s administration since South Sudan plunged into crisis in December.  

Ateny said the seven legal counsels who were sacked had not engaged in any official business since December last year

“These are legal counsels who happen to be, by coincidence, people who just slip to the side of the rebellion and they have not been here since December 15. There is a likelihood that the majority of them might have joined the rebellion in one way or another," Ateny said.

"Anybody who is not in work for the last eight months, even the law would require that person be removed, even if they did not rebel,” he said.



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by: Kuch from: Bor
August 22, 2014 4:36 AM
Well, everybody makes mistakes and Rebecca Nyandeng did chose her words very careless immediately after last year's Riek Machar and his Nuer tribe men attempted coup.

And she mustn't overly dehumanised, because of that slip-off; she has made a lot of good things during our long struggle with the arab north Sudan and she has been always alone without her husband, our Dr. Garang just like other many South Sudanese women then and she didn't complained, just as many South Sudanese women didn't complained then and so l honestly request my South Sudanese boys and girls to respect Rebecca Nyandeng, she is still our mother and the mother of the Nation.

If people like Riek Machar and many others who have turn their weapons back against the South Sudanese people are often forgiven; then why do we have to be bitter towards her, when she didn't took up arms against the South Sudanese people?

Yes, her choice of words that morning of 16/12/2013, let to the Nuers massacre of the innocent people in Bor. If the situation was carefully contained in Juba and the presidential body guards were the only ones who have taken the law into their own hands; president Salva Kiir would have been out the office by now.

But Riek Machar and Nuer tribe men plotted the coup and when they failed, then they go for the shortest route of denial, while at the same time waging an armed Nuer tribal rebellion and they are shamelessly selling their absurd part that their was no coup, thinking that everybody is their fool!

Why did Riek Machar and Alfred Gore and Equatorian, ran away together at the night of the attempted coup?

Who was after Afred Gore, if Riek Machar was being thought after by the government of South Sudan?

Alfred Gore ran for the governorship of Central Equatoria and when he failed, he was enraged just as was George Athor of Jonglei, who lost governorship election to Kuol Manyang and became a rebel; Angelina Teny, the wife of Riek Machar when she lost Unity state governor to Taban Deng Gai, she got enraged, just like Alfred Gore.

When David Yau Yau lost his Gumuruk of Jonglei to his Murle's sister; he also got enraged and accused the SPLM to have rigged his constituency election in favour of his cousin.

by: Lakueijik Dut from: In Kampala Uganda
August 22, 2014 3:46 AM
Dr John Garang was not the father of the Nation/ S Sudan. He is the father and husband of these two idiots Mabior n Nyandeng who thinks Garang was the King

by: Timaali Fred Fredo from: Unity State
August 22, 2014 2:18 AM
president is very right to do that b'se they could disorganise the gov't any time otherwise we need peace in our country.

by: David from: USA
August 21, 2014 1:49 AM
As stupid as the regim of Salvakir, I was stoned when Ateny said widow of late leader/father of S.sudan is against the government. How they not know that eight months ago. I have no surprise that my leaders are nothing but embecile. Hopefully god will help s.sudan bring intelligent person into power. I really believe that all the damn regim is full of ediots.
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by: Nhialahong from: South Sudan
August 22, 2014 2:42 AM

People like are not true patriots of this Nation, South Sudan. How do you blame Mr. President who indeed have done the right thing, How do really need resources wasted on people who are not doing work and being paid for just sitting and gossiping on the same government they are eating without delivering services. Please, you better come down here and see what is happening then relying on web-news. People are suffering here because of heartless people like you and those fools who have rebelled for their greediness.
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by: Nipee from: Paris
August 21, 2014 12:56 PM
She is second wife to Dr.hopeless, Nyandeng had no right to hold this position because his second husband and his drugs addicted son rebelled against thesame party her first husband was founder. Nyandeng and his son are too blind to follow Garang legacy and she has to go to held.

Nyandeng would have been sacked last yr when she opened her mouth to speak poisonous tribal words that resulted into killing of innocent Dinka in Bor, Bentiu, Malakal, Nasir & Akobo UNMISS compound. It’s all ’sacked’ who ’became rebels.’ This indicates a power struggle rebellion. B’se nobody resign, if it was about bad govt & dictatorship but instead it’s bad when sacked. Nyandeng being the wife of our hero Dr. John Garang, we maimtain/control our emotions & keep respecting her in the name of Dr. John Garang but she must be put aside due to her confused mentality.

by: Iwa from: mombasa
August 20, 2014 10:16 PM
Bravo Mr. president,that woman is like mosquito in the night ,in fact she the one who this country in this can also sack the son mabior from the rank of captain

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